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I Can Get It for You Wholesale

Abraham Polonsky's crackling dialogue drives this superior 1951 melodrama (and protofeminist fable), about a dress model in New York's garment district (Susan Hayward) clawing her way to the top as a designer. Pinched and pawed on the job, she recruits a hard-driving dress salesman (Dan Dailey) to help her start her own company, but bigger opportunities present themselves in the form of a silky fashion magnate (George Sanders). Polonsky's intelligence is evident in every scene; early on, when Dailey steals a kiss from Hayward, he accidentally wipes his mouth with some cash she's stuffed in his handkerchief pocket. It was Polonsky's last produced script after he refused to testify to the House Un-American Activities Committee that same year; he wouldn't work again under his own name until 1968. Michael Gordon directed; with Sam Jaffe. 90 min.

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