The Female Animal (1958) - Rotten Tomatoes

The Female Animal (1958)





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Harry Keller, the man who directed the extra scenes in Orson Welles' Touch of Evil, receives solo directorial credit in The Female Animal. Hedy Lamarr stars as Vanessa Windsor, a beautiful but ageing film star whose life is saved on the set by handsome extra Chris Farley (George Nader). Falling in love with Chris, Vanessa finds herself in competition with her own adopted daughter Penny (Jane Powell). Meanwhile, poor Chris struggles to become his "own man", and not merely the sexual plaything of two predatory females. Stealing the film from the nominal stars are Jan Sterling as a fading beauty with romantic notions of her own, and James Gleason as a crusty but likeable agent. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi


Hedy Lamarr
as Vanessa Windsor
Jane Powell
as Penny Windsor
Jan Sterling
as Lily Frayne
George Nader
as Chris Farley
Jerry Paris
as Hank Lopez
Mabel Albertson
as Irma Jones
James Gleason
as Tom Maloney
Richard Cutting
as Dr. John Ramsay
Richard H. Cutting
as Dr. John Ramsay
Ann Doran
as Nurse
Yvonne Peattie
as Hairdresser
Max Showalter
as Charlie Grant
Douglas Evans
as The Director
Aram Katcher
as Mischa Boroff
Isabel Dawn
as Masseuse
Richard Avonde
as Lily's Gigolo
Laurie Mitchell
as Manicurist
Walter C. Kelly
as Motion Picture Assistant Director
Bob Wegner
as Coffee-Wagon Attendant
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All Critics (2)

Tawdry and salacious for its time, it's hardly the titillating extravaganza of Lamarr's signature role in 1933's Ecstasy.

July 30, 2020 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

A shallow and formula-ridden drama about life in Hollywood, with Hedy Lamarr as an "ageless" glamour-girl, Jane Powell as her rebellious daughter, and George Nader as a high-minded muscle-boy who is torn between them.

October 29, 2019 | Full Review…

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