A Woman Commands

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A Woman Commands
Theatrical poster of the film
Directed by Paul L. Stein
E. J. Babille (assistant)
Produced by Charles R. Rogers
Harry Joe Brown (associate)
Screenplay by Horace Jackson
Story byThilde Foster
Starring Pola Negri
Roland Young
Basil Rathbone
Music by Arthur Lange
Nacio Herb Brown
Cinematography Hal Mohr
Arthur C. Miller(additional footage)
Edited by Daniel Mandell
George Hively
Distributed by RKO Radio Pictures
Release date
  • January 1, 1932 (1932-01-01)(US) [1]
Running time
84 minutes
CountryUnited States
Budget$415,000 [2]
Box office$212,000 [2]

A Woman Commands is a 1932 American pre-Code film directed by Paul L. Stein and starring Pola Negri, Roland Young, and Basil Rathbone.




According to RKO records, the film made a loss of $265,000. [2]

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  1. "A Woman Commands: Detail View". American Film Institute. Archived from the original on March 29, 2014. Retrieved June 2, 2015.
  2. 1 2 3 Richard Jewel, 'RKO Film Grosses: 1931-1951', Historical Journal of Film Radio and Television, Vol 14 No 1, 1994 p58