Thursday, May 11, 2017

DVD Review - Woman's World

Fox Home Entertainment; Not Rated; 94 minutes; Amazon
Now available on DVD from Twentieth Century Fox Cinema Archives is the 1954 drama Woman's World. Directed by Jean Negulesco, the film stars Clifton Webb, June Allyson, Van Heflin, Lauren Bacall, Fred MacMurray, Arlene Dahl, Cornel Wilde, Elliott Reid, and Margalo Gillmore. There are no special features or extras on the single-disc.

The film centers on the owner of a large automobile company, Ernest Gifford (played by Clifton Webb), who is searching for a new general manager. He invites three possible candidates and their wives to New York City, so he can evaluate them.

The general manger candidates are: Bill Baxter (played by Cornel Wilde) and his wife Katie (played by June Allyson), Sidney Burns (played by Fred MacMurray) and his wife Elizabeth (played by Lauren Bacall), and Jerry Talbot (played by Van Heflin) and his wife Carol (played by Arlene Dahl).

None of the couples have a perfect marriage as all of them have had their own share of problems, especially during their trip to New York City. Of course none of them are aware that Mr. Gifford is also evaluating the wives.

Final Thoughts: I had never even heard of the film before receiving the DVD. While there a few funny scenes, it's mostly a drama showcasing what life was like for the corporate America during the 1950s. It has an outstanding cast with Fred MacMurrary, Lauren Bacall, and Clifton Webb, but, unfortunately, the film has aged quite a bit.

The picture quality is decent with a screen aspect ratio of 4:3 (letterbox).

Overall, Woman's World is an okay movie. For me, it was a little boring for the first hour, but it did get better towards the end.

*I received a complimentary copy in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own.

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