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The Opposite Sex (1956)




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The Opposite Sex is an opulent musical remake of Clare Booth Luce's The Women (1939). June Allyson stars in the old Norma Shearer role, playing the virtuous wife who loses her husband to scheming Joan Collins (as the Joan Crawford character). At first agreeing to a divorce, June decides to win hubby back by utilizing the same crafty feminine wiles that Joan had employed to lead him astray. Doloress Gray plays the counterpart to Rosalind Russell's vitriolic gossip. The original The Women boasted an all-female cast: the remake includes several male characters, played by the likes of MGM contractees Leslie Nielsen and Jeff Richards. Dick Shawn, Jim Backus and Harry James are also on hand, billed as "special guest stars." The satirical bite of The Women has been softened in The Opposite Sex, but musical fans should have a good time. Sammy Cahn, Nicholas Brodszky, Ralph Freed and George Stoll were among the songwriters; Collins, Allyson and Jeff Richards perform musical numbers in the film. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

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Leslie Nielsen
as Steve Hilliard
Joan Collins
as Crystal
Ann Sheridan
as Amanda Penrose
Ann Miller
as Gloria Dell
Jeff Richards
as Buck Winston
Agnes Moorehead
as Countess Lavaliere
Joan Blondell
as Edith Potter
Sam Levene
as Mike Pearl
Bill Goodwin
as Howard Fowler
Sandy Descher
as Debbie Hilliard
Jerry Antes
as Leading Male Dancer
Jonathan Hole
as Phelps Potter
Jonathan Hale
as Phelps Potter
Harry James
as Himself
Dick Shawn
as Singer
Jim Backus
as Psychiatrist
Art Mooney
as Himself
Ann Morriss
as Receptionist
Dean Jones
as Assistant Stage Manager
Kay English
as Aristocratic Woman
Barrie Chase
as Specialty Dancer
Ellen Ray
as Specialty Dancer
Bob Hopkins
as Drunk in 21 Club
Janet Lake
as Girl on Train
Jo Gilbert
as Woman Attendant
Donald Dillaway
as Box Office Man
Joe Karnes
as Pianist
Marjorie Helen
as Leg Model
Trio Ariston
as Specialty Act
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Critic Reviews for The Opposite Sex

All Critics (6) | Top Critics (4)

It sparkles with snappy dialogue, a parade of smart fashions and a beauty of a hair-pulling, dress-fearing, name-calling fight.

October 8, 2021 | Full Review…

See the original "The Women" instead.

November 27, 2003 | Rating: 3/5
Top Critic

An awful remake of George Cukor's witty 1939 The Women.

October 7, 2005 | Rating: C- | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Opposite Sex

colorful remake of "The Women" should have left the men out and June is a little pallid but Moorhead, Blondell, Collins and especially Sheridan spice this up.

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