Frank McDonald, director

When a Girl’s Beautiful (USA; 1947)

Original lobby card


The “sissy” was a common presence in screwball comedies of the classic Hollywood era.  Effeminate, preening, and never integral to the plot, these small, stereotypical roles existed almost solely for easy humor.  However, given the Production Code’s elision of homosexuality from the screen, sissy characters did allow for occasional ruptures in Hollywood’s otherwise heterosexual narratives.


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