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Directed by Harry Keller
Never come between a woman and her prey in the wickedly entertaining drama, The Female Animal! Hollywood star Vanessa Windsor (Hedy Lamarr) is saved from a terrible on-set accident by handsome studio extra, Chris Farley (George Nader). In appreciation of his skills and good looks, she sets him up as the “caretaker” of her beach house. When Vanessa’s sultry daughter (Jane Powell) meets Chris, the claws come out as both ladies try to stake out his affections in this campy, glitzy battle for love.
In this palpitating drama about Hollywood Hedy Lamarr
plays a famous, tippling movie queen who pantingly
installs a gentlemanly studio extra, George Nader, as
"caretaker" of her beach palace. Enter (also in an
alcoholic stupor) the lady's equally spoiled daughter,
Jane Powell, who also likes what she sees.
This was Lamarr's last film before she went into retirement, and not a very good finale. Lamarr is a movie star who is saved from a falling light by extra Nader. She gives him a job as caretaker of her beach house, which starts an affair. Trouble starts when Nader falls for Powell, who turns out to be Lamarr's adopted daughter. Lamarr brings in a good performance considering the material, but her costars fall way below par.
Theatrical Release: January 22nd, 1958
DVD Review: Universal 'Vault Series' - Region 0 - NTSC
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Average Bitrate: 6.47 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s
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The Female Animal is an attempt at a provocative brand of cinema that didn't have a long shelf life although it achieves on a few levels although the star appeal was waning - Hedy Lamarr (44), Jane Powell (30), Jan Sterling (38) had their more glamorous years behind them although at least two of them proved their beauty to have a timeless quality. The exploitive title was an unfulfilling 'come on' but it wasn't all bad.
The disc is predictably single-layered and has no menus, or extras, and the transfer is interlaced (see combing in bottom capture.) Aside from that it was a bit soft - but consistent. There wasn't much damage or speckles. DoP Russell Metty's utilizes the black and white visuals well - with snippets of contrast brilliance.
The audio is lossy but clear and clean. The score by Hans J. Salter (Man Without a Star, Cover Up, The Wolfman, The Mole People) sounds supportive but is largely unremarkable in the presentation. There are no subtitles and the media is region FREE.
The film is
weak beyond the performer appeal. I'll watch Hedy in anything on
celluloid, and Jane Powell had some aggressive cuteness. Unfortunately,
there isn't enough to recommend - especially an the exorbitant MoD
pricing. Pass too all except die-hard fans of the ladies.