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The Opposite Sex
The Opposite Sex
is a 1956 American musical romantic comedy film shot in Metrocolor and CinemaScope.[3][4] The film was directed by David Miller and stars June Allyson, Joan Collins, Dolores Gray, Ann Sheridan, Ann Miller, Leslie Nielsen, Jeff Richards, Agnes Moorehead, Charlotte Greenwood, Joan Blondell, Sam Levene, Dick Shawn, Jim Backus, Bill Goodwin
Bill Goodwin
and Harry James. The Opposite Sex
The Opposite Sex
is a remake of the 1939 classic comedy The Women. Both films are based on Clare Boothe Luce's original 1936 play.[5]

Contents

1 Plot 2 Cast 3 Production notes 4 Reception 5 Award nomination 6 See also 7 References 8 External links

Plot[edit] The story concerns Kay Hilliard (June Allyson), a former nightclub singer who discovers her husband Steven (Leslie Nielsen) is having an affair with showgirl Crystal Allen (Joan Collins). Kay is the last to find out among her circle of gossiping girlfriends. Kay travels to Reno to divorce from Steve who then marries Crystal, but when Kay finds out that Crystal isn't true to Steve she starts fighting to win her ex-husband back. Cast[edit]

June Allyson
June Allyson
as Kay Hilliard Joan Collins
Joan Collins
as Crystal Allen Dolores Gray
Dolores Gray
as Sylvia Fowler Jeff Richards as Buck Winston Ann Sheridan
Ann Sheridan
as Amanda Penrose Ann Miller
Ann Miller
as Gloria Dell Leslie Nielsen
Leslie Nielsen
as Steven Hilliard Agnes Moorehead
Agnes Moorehead
as Countess Lavaliere Charlotte Greenwood
Charlotte Greenwood
as Lucy Joan Blondell
Joan Blondell
as Edith Potter Sam Levene
Sam Levene
as Mike Pearl Bill Goodwin
Bill Goodwin
as Howard Fowler Alice Pearce
Alice Pearce
as Olga Barbara Jo Allen
Barbara Jo Allen
as Dolly Sandy Descher
Sandy Descher
as Debbie Hilliard Carolyn Jones
Carolyn Jones
as Pat Barrie Chase
Barrie Chase
as Specialty Dancer Dick Shawn
Dick Shawn
as Psychiatric Patient Jim Backus
Jim Backus
as Psychiatrist Alan Marshal as Ted Harry James
Harry James
as Himself Dean Jones as Backstage Delivery Person Leslie Parrish
Leslie Parrish
as Leg Model Juanita Moore
Juanita Moore
as Powder Room Attendant

Production notes[edit] Unlike the 1936 play and the 1939 film adaptation, The Opposite Sex includes musical numbers and features male actors who portray the husbands and boyfriends, whose characters were only referred to in the previous film and stage versions.[6] This alters the structure and tone of the base storyline significantly. MGM studio head Dore Schary initially envisioned Esther Williams
Esther Williams
in June Allyson's role. According to her 2000 autobiography, The Million Dollar Mermaid, Williams objected to Schary's casting suggestion, resulting in her suspension from the studio. Shortly after, on agent Lew Wasserman's advice, she left Metro after fourteen years.[7] Eleanor Parker
Eleanor Parker
was later cast as Kay Hilliard but was replaced by June Allyson.[8] Jo Ann Greer dubbed Allyson's ballad "A Perfect Love". Reception[edit] According to MGM records the film earned $1,735,000 in the US and Canada and $1,025,000 elsewhere, resulting in a loss of $1,513,000.[1] Award nomination[edit] The film was nominated for a Best Musical or Comedy Picture Golden Globe Award in 1957. See also[edit]

List of American films of 1956

References[edit]

^ a b c The Eddie Mannix Ledger, Los Angeles: Margaret Herrick Library, Center for Motion Picture Study . ^ Domestic results see "Top Grosses of 1957", Variety, 8 January 1958: 30 ^ Variety film review; September 19, 1956, page 6. ^ Harrison's Reports film review; September 22, 1956, page 151. ^ Snodgrass, Mary Ellen (2009). Encyclopedia of Feminist Literature. Infobase Publishing. p. 340. ISBN 1-438-10910-5.  ^ Kennedy, Matthew (2007). Joan Blondell: A Life Between Takes. Univ. Press of Mississippi. p. 166. ISBN 1-604-73300-4.  ^ Williams, Esther (2000). The Million Dollar Mermaid: An Autobiography. Harvest Books. pp. 266–267. ISBN 0-156-01135-2.  ^ McClelland, Doug (2001). Eleanor Parker: Woman of a Thousand Faces. Rowman & Littlefield. p. 231. ISBN 0-810-84836-8. 

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