The Women (1939)

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A study of the lives and romantic entanglements of various interconnected women.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Phyllis Povah ...
Lucile Watson ...
Virginia Grey ...
Muriel Hutchison ...
Florence Nash ...


Wealthy Mary Haines is unaware her husband is having an affair with shopgirl Crystal Allen. Sylvia Fowler and Edith Potter discover this from a manicurist and arrange for Mary to hear the gossip. On the train taking her to a Reno divorce Mary meets the Countess and Miriam (in an affair with Fowler's husband). While they are at Lucy's dude ranch, Fowler arrives for her own divorce and the Countess meets fifth husband-to-be Buck. Back in New York, Mary's ex is now unhappily married to Crystal who is already in an affair with Buck. When Sylvia lets this story slip at an exclusive nightclub, Crystal brags of her plans for a still wealthier marriage, only to find the Countess is the source of all Buck's money. Crystal must return to the perfume counter and Mary runs back to her husband. Written by Ed Stephan <>

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Release Date:

1 September 1939 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Mujeres  »

Box Office


$1,688,000 (estimated)

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Sound System)


| (Technicolor) (one sequence)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


George Cukor told Rosalind Russell to play the part of Sylvia very broad. "Because in this picture Sylvia's breaking up a family, and there's a child involved, and if you're a heavy," Cukor told her, "audiences will hate you. Don't play it like a heavy, just be ridiculous." Of this advice Russell said, "He was a hundred-percent right. I was frightened to death, but from then on, I did what he said, and everything that came to me from The Women--namely, my reputation as a comedienne-I owe to George...He was marvellous to work for, he could think of a hundred bits of business for every moment." See more »


When Little Mary says, "Sheba, get off of Daddy's coat," to her dog, her lips close before the line is finished. See more »


Crystal Allen: [In tub] Holy mackerel!
Crystal Allen: What a cheerful evening! Oh, I'm so bored!
[Throws sponge and almost hits maid]
Helen,: [Surprised] Monsieur says that it doesn't improve madame's nerves to stay so long in ze water.
Crystal Allen: What'd he mean by that? A crack?
Helen,: Oh... No he did not say is zat way madame.
Crystal Allen: [Smirks] I thought not... I've been Mrs. Stephen Haines for 18 months now without a single squawk.
[laughs softly]
Crystal Allen: That's some sort of a record for Park Avenue!
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Crazy Credits

In the opening credits, before the photo images of the actresses are shown, their characters are revealed by images of various animals. See more »


Referenced in Mean Girls (2004) See more »


She'll Be Comin' 'Round the Mountain When She Comes
Played as background music for Marjorie Main's photo credit
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6 December 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The Women is absolutely one of the best movies of the era. It is such a fun movie to watch over and over. A classic chick flick!

And, most remarkable in that there are no male actors in the movie -- yet you feel their presence throughout.

The young Joan Crawford is perfectly cast as the gold digging "other woman."

Norma Shearer, while not a beauty in any sense of the word, does a fine job as the beleaguered wife. Though I think it might have been better cast with someone lovelier in the lead role.

But it is Rosalind Russell though who absolutely steals the movie. She is delightful to watch!

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