Designing Woman (1957)

Whirlwind romances work...sometimes!


DESIGNING WOMAN
Starring Gregory Peck and Lauren Bacall


Lauren Bacall has her own charms, of course.  She is very elegant and she is good to look at.   Probably, she's not drop dead gorgeous, but she is definitely beautiful. Boy, she could also act.  She was fantastic in this movie and was a natural as Marilla Brown.

Gregory Peck is a dashing debonair.  He is one of the most handsome people of all time and thankfully, he could also act.  Here, he was good, but in my opinion, Ms. Bacall acted better, but who cares? It's Gregory Peck.  His tantalizing eyes are enough and when the camera focuses on him, he is a joy to look at.

The story was written by George Wells and was directed by Vincente Minnelli

I enjoyed watching this film because of the story, the turn of events and the outcome.

It was told in multiple points-of-view and that made it more interesting.

It is funny...hilarious even...but it also has a heavy topic.

Sartorial elegance was truly displayed and the clothes showcased are timeless designs.  

It is not a film without flaws, but it surely is worth your time. 

From imdb:

Plot summaries-


  • When Mike Hagen and Marilla Brown marry after a whirlwind romance on the west coast, they return to New York to find that they don't have much in common. She is a clothing designer who lives in a swanky apartment and whose friends are actors, artists and the like. He is a sports writer who likes to go boxing matches and horse races. They clearly love one another and make every effort to be flexible. When a mobster, whom Mike has been accusing of fixing sports events, decides to go after him he must pretend to be out of town and mayhem ensues.
    On a vacation, sports journalist Mike meets designer Marilla. They fall in love and marry right away. However back at home they realize that they're living in different worlds and know nothing about each other and exes and angry mobsters get in the way of their happily ever after though.
    AWARDS AND NOMINATIONS (Info from Wikipedia):
  •  Academy Award for Best Writing, Story and Screenplay - Written Directly for the Screen (George Wells) - won
    Laurel Award for Top Female Comedy Performance (Lauren Bacall) - 3rd place
    Laurel Award for Top Comedy - fifth place
    Writers Guild of America's WGA Award for Best Written American Comedy - nominated



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