About Red-Headed Woman

Lillian "Red" Andrews (Jean Harlow) is a small-town girl with big ambitions. Employed as a stenographer with the Legendre Company, she becomes ruthlessly committed to breaking up her boss Bill's marriage. But she doesn't stop there. Leveraging her next affair, with businessman Charles B. Gaerste, Lil forces society to take her seriously, but Bill catches onto her scheming and hires a private detective to follow her to New York. Based on the novel by Katharine Brush, Red-Headed Woman's original script was penned in part by F. Scott Fitzgerald but was later rewritten, at the urging of MGM's Irving Thalberg, by Anita Loos—the first woman staff screenwriter in Hollywood. [79 min; comedy, drama, romance; English] 

"Sexy, racy, bristling with snappy dialogue, funny, [Red-Headed Woman] is loaded with dynamite that can be dynamic entertainment, or an explosion of objections unless you handle it properly and with all the finesse and ability that your showmanship experience commands." — Motion Picture Herald, June 25, 1932

"Fast-moving, funny, sexy, and ribald, Red-Headed Woman is a great example of the type of movie entertainment that came from Hollywood before outraged moralists and the Production Code dropped a net of censorship over the studios." — Jerry Renshaw, The Austin Chronicle

"Its overall tone and Harlow's unbridled (in every sense of the word) wantonness raise the film to the level of a kind of trash masterpiece." — Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress

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