Forever Female (1953)

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An aging actress refuses to admit she is too old to play the ingénue role anymore.



  • Ginger Rogers in Forever Female (1953)
  • William Holden and Ginger Rogers in Forever Female (1953)
  • William Holden, Ginger Rogers, and Paul Douglas in Forever Female (1953)
  • William Holden, Ginger Rogers, and Paul Douglas in Forever Female (1953)
  • William Holden, Ginger Rogers, and Paul Douglas in Forever Female (1953)
  • Ginger Rogers and Paul Douglas in Forever Female (1953)

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25 August 2015 | mannin11
| Sooner or later all actors appear in a dud
With a trio of hugely talented actors (Rogers, Holden and Douglas) and a script written by the Epstein Brothers (who wrote Casablanca) this viewer was expecting a delightful comedy. Alas, alas, alas, this is a clunker of monumental proportions with an AWFUL script (adapted from a play by J.M. Barrie -- who wrote Peter Pan) and painfully sluggish direction by Irving Rapper (who directed four of Better Davis' better movies). The script has the appearance of being thrown together beside a Hollywood swimming pool over a weekend with the minimum of thought or imagination. The characters' actions and motives are horribly unconvincing and do such a huge disservice to the three actors in the main roles. The ingenue role, played by Pat Crowley, who at the end of the movie is proudly proclaimed as a future Paramount star (ever heard of her, outside of television?) is endlessly irritating. Watching her act, this viewer couldn't help but think how much better the young Debbie Reynolds would have been in the role. Luckily for her, she was an MGM star and missed being saddled with this awful dreck. With undertones of All About Eve, a younger actress coveting a role played by an older actress, the story is leaden and dull in the extreme. Aside from consigning this one to the vaults and slamming the door shut FOREVER, one is left with such a feeling of sadness for so much dazzling talent so badly wasted.

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