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|Directed by||Gregory La Cava|
|Written by||Salisbury Field (adaptation and dialogue)|
|Based on||Nancy's Private Affair|
by Myron Coureval Fagan
|Produced by||William LeBaron|
|Edited by||Ann McKnight|
|Distributed by||RKO Radio Pictures|
Mrs. Nancy Gibson (Mary Astor) sets out to regain the affections of her cheating husband Donald Gibson (Robert Ames), after she returns from a trip to Paris, where she had to look after her sick mother. To welcome her in her beautiful house are her servants and husband and wife Billy (Edward Everett Horton) and Sally Ross (Ruth Weston) — Don's business partner and Don's sister. Nancy learns that Don is with his mistress, Peggy Preston (Noel Francis), who very often is accompanied by her mother Mrs. Preston (Gladys Gale). Nancy has the affection of the Rosses and her servants, but she is at first very shocked. Then she decides to play the modern wife and invites Peggy Preston and her mother for the weekend in her house as her guests. Pretending she herself has fallen for Sir Guy Harrington (John Halliday), a man she met in Europe (in fact she met him on the ship on the way home), she invites him too, hoping his flirtation will help her to gain back her husband, whom she still loves.
- Mary Astor as Mrs. Nancy Gibson
- Robert Ames as Donald Gibson
- John Halliday as Sir Guy Harrington
- Edward Everett Horton as Billy Ross
- Ruth Weston as Mrs. Sally Gibson Ross
- Noel Francis as Peggy Preston
- Gladys Gale as Mrs. Preston
- Alfred Cross as Brooks the Butler
- Lillian Harmer as Mrs. Windleweaver
- Bill Elliott as Reporter on Ship (uncredited)
- Harold Miller as Deck Lounger (uncredited)
- Dennis O'Keefe as Passenger Departing Ship (uncredited)
- Pearl Varvalle as Helen, Gibson's maid (uncredited)
In his New York Times review, critic Mordaunt Hall called Smart Woman a "neat diversion"..."spoken [sic] by competent players and Gregory La Cava has directed it with a keen eye on its none too rugged story."
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