Woman's Place (1921)

Genres - Comedy  |   Sub-Genres - Political Satire, Romantic Comedy  |   Countries - USA  |  
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This picture had three things in its favor right from the start -- its star, Constance Talmadge; the fact that women had recently won the right to vote; and its release date, which was shortly before the November elections. The Women's Political League decides to find a female candidate for mayor and their choice is Kay Gerson (Talmadge) who, they figure, will win votes from the men because of her looks. But the town's political boss, Jim Bradley (Kenneth Harlan), counters with his own good-looking candidate, Freddy Bleeker (Hassard Short), who he thinks will get the women's vote. Kay and Bleeker just happen to be engaged. Naturally, the race does nothing for their relationship and Kay loses the election because the men's wives are jealous of her beauty and refuse to let them vote for her. But all is not lost -- Kay and Bradley have fallen in love and after the election, he goes to work for the Women's League and marries Kay, with the tacit agreement that she will be running things from now on. The story and scenario to this comedy are credited to the crack writing team of John Emerson and Anita Loos, but judging from her later work as a novelist (she penned the best-selling Gentlemen Prefer Blondes), it's a pretty good bet that this picture is primarily Loos' work. Considering the tone of this picture, it's no wonder that it would be several decades before women's lib could make any real headway.

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battle-of-the-sexes, candidate, election, engagement, mayor, suffrage