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A Woman Rebels (1936)

Approved | | Drama, History, Romance | 6 November 1936 (USA)
The story revolves around Pamela, as a woman in late-1800's England who has no intention of marriage and wishes to be her own person. After a great deal of difficulty in finding a job, she ... See full summary »

Director:

Mark Sandrich

Writers:

Anthony Veiller (screen play), Ernest Vajda (screen play) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Katharine Hepburn ... Pamela Thistlewaite
Herbert Marshall ... Thomas Lane
Elizabeth Allan ... Flora Anne Thistlewaite
Donald Crisp ... Judge Byron Thistlewaite
Doris Dudley Doris Dudley ... Young Flora
David Manners ... Lieutenant Alan Craig Freeland
Lucile Watson ... Betty Bumble
Van Heflin ... Lord Gerald Waring Gaythorne
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Storyline

The story revolves around Pamela, as a woman in late-1800's England who has no intention of marriage and wishes to be her own person. After a great deal of difficulty in finding a job, she finally lands a position at a "woman's" magazine, which covered topics such as sewing and cooking. After the editor takes sick, she moves the magazine into discussing issues of gender equality, child labor, medical care, and finding a job. She then finds herself as the unexpected leader of a movement. After an unexpected event, she is also faced with raising a child without a father, which people at that time thought was scandalous. Written by Taed Nelson <nelson@berlioz.nsc.com>

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Taglines:

She's glorious ...As a Woman In Arms! ...He's Magnificent As the Man She Adores.

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Drama | History | Romance

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Country:

USA

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English | Italian | French

Release Date:

6 November 1936 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Portrait of a Rebel See more »

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Budget:

$574,000 (estimated)
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Production Co:

RKO Radio Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Victor System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Film debut of Van Heflin. See more »

Quotes

Pamela Thistlewaite: Women finally have some standing, not enough, but some.
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Soundtracks

The Wedding March
(1843) (uncredited)
from "A Midsummer Night's Dream, Op.61"
Written by Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy
Played at Flora's and Alan's wedding
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Brilliant performance
19 January 2017 | by barrymn1See all my reviews

I think this RKO melodrama distills Hepburn's strengths in her early years even better than in her celebrated performance of Jo March in "Little Women". Kate was not the kind of actress who could play common or weak (although she was common but strong in the under-appreciated "Spitfire"). During this period, she mostly played strong and independent characters.

"A Woman Rebels" is a very good story about a Victorian woman who dares to be independent at a time when women were expected to get married. A career was considered out of the question. I think it's very well written and directed with good performances, especially from Herbert Marshall and Van Heflin (in his debut film performance).


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