Derek Winnert


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Designing Woman *** (1957, Gregory Peck, Lauren Bacall, Dolores Gray) – Classic Movie Review 4967

Director Vincente Minnelli’s wittily written 1957 clash-of-interests marital comedy stars Lauren Bacall as the fashion-designing woman who tackles her sports columnist husband (Gregory Peck) when they discover they have little in common after marrying in a whirlwind romance.

Inviting comparisons with the Spencer Tracy-Katharine Hepburn classics is probably not the cleverest of script ideas, especially with the two usually excellent players Bacall and Peck not quite at their best in frothy sophisticated comedy. Nevertheless, there is a lot to admire and enjoy here, and a lot of entertainment value.

Also in the cast are Dolores Gray, Sam Levene, Tom Helmore, Mickey Shaughnessy, Chuck Connors, Ed Platt and Jack Cole.

The Bacall role was planned for Grace Kelly, who left MGM for Monaco.

Bacall’s husband Humphrey Bogart died during filming.

There was an Oscar for George Wells’s Best Writing, Story and Screenplay – Written Directly for the Screen.

© Derek Winnert 2017 Classic Movie Review 4967

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