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The Women (1939)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Drama | 1 September 1939 (USA)
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A study of the lives and romantic entanglements of various interconnected women.

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Storyline

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 <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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The year's mightiest cast in the hit play that tells on the women! See more »

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Comedy | Drama

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1 September 1939 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Mujeres  »

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$1,688,000 (estimated)
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(Western Electric Sound System)

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| (Technicolor) (one sequence)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Two actresses who appear in "The Women" in uncredited speaking roles later became famous for their work in television sitcoms. The first actress appears after the dressing room fight between Crystal Allen and Mary Haines, playing a saleswomen who says "Now she's in the soup!" Her name is Marie Blake and she is best known for playing Grandmama in "The Addams Family" from 1964 to 1966 under the name Blossom Rock. The other actress appears near the end of the film; she crosses through the ladies' lounge saying "What do they expect you to do? Lay an egg?" This beautiful young actress is Barbara Pepper, and she is best known for playing Doris Ziffel in "Green Acres" from 1965 to 1968. See more »

Goofs

When Countess deLave reveals Buck's true financial position, Crystal has one hand resting on the door frame, then drops it to her side as Miriam and Sylvia come over to rub in the bad news. Then in the close-up when Crystal says, "There is a name for you ladies..." she takes her hand off the door frame again. See more »

Quotes

Sylvia Fowler: [Holding up a bottle of Summer Rain perfume] A friend of ours, Mrs. Stephen Haines, simply dotes on this.
Crystal Allen: Really!
Sylvia Fowler: Her husband picked it out for her. Perhaps you sold it to him. Stephen Haines, the engineer?
Crystal Allen: Oh, I'm afraid I don't remember. You see, we have so many men come in here.
Sylvia Fowler: Awfully good-looking. Tall, fair, distinguished. I'm sure you wouldn't overlook him.
Crystal Allen: I'm sorry, but when one's mind is on one's own business...
Sylvia Fowler: Of course. And, as you say, you have so many men.
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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 »


Soundtracks

Forevermore
(1939) (uncredited)
Music by Edward Ward
Lyrics by Chet Forrest and Bob Wright
Played at the end and sung by an offscreen chorus
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Best of the Best!
4 November 1999 | by (New York City, NY) – See all my reviews

This, by far, is the greatest classic bitch film of all time. It can never be equaled. They tried, but failed, when trying to remake it a musical with a less than glamorous casting of the roles made famous by the all-star female cast of the original written by Clare Boothe Luce. George Cukor, the director, had his hands full with the likes of these dames of fame. Each, in their own right, could steal a scene if left up to them, and they tried. But Cukor, held tight to the reins and kept them all in line. The beginning credits were cleverly done with each star being represented by an animal. Norma Shearer, the doe; the delicious Joan Crawford, a tiger; Roz Russell a cat; Paulette Goddard, a fox; Marjorie Main, a mule; Joan Fontaine, a lamb.

My favorite scenes were the fight scene with Goddard and Russell, bath scene with Crawford, and last scene when all THE WOMEN go at it at the ball. With wonderful, crisp dialogue, beautiful costumes designed by Adrian and a stellar cast, you can see the sparks fly in this all-time classic comedy of 1939.


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