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Cynthia is married to Steve and is a selfish hard woman. She decides where they will live, who they will see and even gets rid of Dora, the nanny who raised Steve and is now raising their daughter Ellen. When Steve divorce's Cynthia, even his mother is on Cynthia's side. While pleading a case in Washington, Steve meets a woman named Maris and falls for her. Maris does not know if she is going to the altar or the chopping block, but they marry and come back to his hometown. Unfortunately, Maris is the outsider, and being a small town where Cynthia and Steve grew up, everyone is Cynthia's friend and not Maris. Cynthia will use every occasion, every trick, including Ellen, to try to ruin the life that Steve has with Maris. Written by
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When Mrs. Holland goes to the bar and orders a "hooker" of rye, she means a larger-than-normal amount - a large gulp - of undiluted rye whiskey. The word "hooker" in this context was a slang term used from the 1920's through the 1940's. See more »
When Cynthia is arguing with Stephen about going out to dinner, she takes the first of two accessories out of the dresser drawer twice between shots. See more »
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What sort of idiot would bring his new wife to the same town as his -ex??!!
"Woman Against Woman" is an excellent film for folks who are dealing with divorce or marrying a divorced person. It shows the manipulation and games that some of these folks have to deal with. And, it shows that clear boundaries must be established or these subsequent marriages will be doomed.
When the film begins, Cynthia (Mary Astor) is being a horrible wife. She is domineering, controlling and seems to care nothing for her husband, Stephen (Herbert Marshall). What she doesn't realize is that she's pushed him to the breaking point and Stephen announces he's divorcing her. Considering Cynthia, this is probably for the best.
Some time passes and Stephen meets Maris (Virginia Bruce). She's a lovely lady but doesn't realize she's in for hell. This is because Stephen is an idiot and takes her back to live in his home town...the same town where Cynthia lives and is the toast of society. Not surprisingly, Cynthia makes Maris' arrival miserable and it's made worse because Cynthia is brilliant and manages to turn everyone against Maris through her manipulations. Even Stephen's mother seems to side with Cynthia! What's next?!
This is a very good film with some nice acting. My reason for giving it a 7, however, is that the end is just too simple and seemed anti-climatic. This film is a good example of one that could have used 15 more minutes--to show a more gradual change in Cynthia. Good but the ending just seemed unrealistic and quick.
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