Rogers is Barbara Page, an aging Broadway star who still believes she can play the role of ingenue. Douglas is Harry Phillips, a producer and her ex husband who still has feelings for her. Crowley is Sally Carver, a young actress trying to make it big on the stage. And William Holden is Stanley Krown, a playwright who's written a play about a 19 year old girl at odds with her mother. The role of the girl goes to Barbara and is subsequently rewritten for a 29 year old, the age she continues to cling to. Sally, who wants the role for herself, believes in the play prior to Barbara's casting, and tries everything to win the part, and the affections of Stanley.
Though bland in some places, the film moves along at an enjoyable pace, and it's very funny as well. Each of the actors does a fine job and they each have great chemistry with one another.
What I really loved about Bill's performance was how natural and charming he was. The first quality is apparent in each of his films, but as he capitalized on playing the hardened everyman, there isn't much of the latter. (At least of the films I've seen.) What's interesting is that following this film, he took the role of playwright again, in The Country Girl. In that film, his Bernie Dodd was mean and hot tempered, a fitting characterization in such a dramatic, emotionally charged film.
|Paul Douglas and Ginger Rogers.|
|Maidie Norman, as Barbara's maid.|
Another of the film's highlights are the clothes, designed by non other than Edith Head. Safe to say I wanted it all.
|Bonus lady tie!|
|Collars are everything.|