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Women Are Like That (1938)

Passed | | Drama | 23 April 1938 (USA)
Domestic strife results when a man refuses to involve his wife in his struggling business.


Stanley Logan


Horace Jackson (screen play), Albert Z. Carr (from: the Saturday Evening Post story "Return From Limbo" by) (as Albert H.Z. Carr)


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Kay Francis ... Claire Landin
Pat O'Brien ... Bill Landin
Ralph Forbes ... Martin Brush
Melville Cooper ... Mainwaring
Thurston Hall ... Claudius King
Grant Mitchell ... Mr. Snell
Gordon Oliver ... Howard Johns
John Eldredge ... Charles Braden
Herbert Rawlinson ... Avery Flickner
Hugh O'Connell ... George Dunlap
Georgia Caine ... Mrs. Amelia Brush
Joyce Compton ... Miss Hall
Sarah Edwards Sarah Edwards ... Mrs. Snell
Josephine Whittell ... Miss Douglas
Loia Cheaney Loia Cheaney ... Miss Perkins


Domestic strife results when a man refuses to involve his wife in his struggling business.

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Release Date:

23 April 1938 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Return from Limbo See more »

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Warner Bros. See more »
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1.37 : 1
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William Hopper is on studio records in the role of Larraby, but he was not seen in the movie. Sam McDaniel is listed in some modern sources as a porter, but he also was not seen in the movie. See more »


Claudius King: [laughing] So, not content with ruining your life, Willie also ruined your speech, eh?
Claire Landin, aka Miss Claire King: Willie did *not* ruin my speech; after he got out, I really outdid myself. I'll bet half the married women in that room went directly home and beat up their husbands.
Claudius King: [sniggering] Wouldn't surprise me. I've always contended that modern civilization wrecked itself when we separated women from goats and moved them into the house.
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Referenced in Hollywood Out-takes and Rare Footage (1983) See more »


America, My Country 'tis of Thee
Music based on 'God Save the King"
In the score when the statue of liberty is seen
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A woman outdoes her man in business; problems ensue
19 September 2008 | by blanche-2See all my reviews

Kay Francis and Pat O'Brien star in "Women are Like That," a 1938 film also starring Thurston Hall and Ralph Forbes. Kay plays Claire, who on her wedding day to Martin (Forbes) runs off instead with Bill Landin (O'Brien). They start off well enough, but then Claire's dad (Hall) runs off, cleaning out the bank account of his advertising agency, where Bill and Martin work. Bill gives the other officers his stock in exchange for Claire not finding out about her dad and continues to work for the company. Unfortunately, now he's in the hands of the penny-pinching Martin, and they slowly start to lose clients. Bill has one more chance, Bel-Ami Cosmetics, but after drawing up the proposals, he trashes them since he knows Martin won't pay for a splashy presentation. Claire resurrects the drawings and sells the campaign to Bon Ami. Her husband promptly dumps her.

This is a pleasant comedy/drama, helped by the fine performances of Francis, O'Brien and Hall especially. This was made at the end of Francis' time with Warner Brothers, where she held on by her teeth until the end of her lucrative contract. In the end, she elevated the trash Warners gave her with her intelligence, sophistication and glamor. "Women are Like That" is a bit uneven - it's hard to believe that with Claire obviously trying to help her husband, he turns on her as if she's done something awful. It's not like he even TRIED to sell the campaign. The question is, do they have enough going to reconcile. Since she doesn't know what he spared her, it will be that much harder for them. You can guess the rest.

Francis is always worth seeing, and it's O'Brien in a rare lead - not quite an A film, and if it was intended as a second feature, the presence of Francis and the production values elevate it.

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