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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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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 a country club dinner, 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 Female Of The Species . . . when the men aren't watching ! See more »

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Release Date:

1 September 1939 (USA)  »

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Mujeres  »

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

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Trivia

Even though the overall atmosphere was one of great professionalism, there were still some reports of legitimate tension on the set between Norma Shearer and Joan Crawford. One frequently repeated story told of one day when the two actresses were running lines to prepare for their big dressing room confrontation scene. As author Gavin Lambert tells it in his 1990 book Norma Shearer, "Cukor filmed the master shot, then lined up a close-up of Norma. While he rehearsed her, Joan, who still brought her knitting to the set, clacked away at an afghan with her large, heavy needles. Then Cukor asked her to stand behind the camera during the take and speak her lines off-screen to Norma. She did so, trailing her afghan, and as Cukor held the shot for Norma's silent reaction, the needles clacked away again. Norma lost her concentration, looked up sharply, and asked Joan to stop needling during the retake. Joan pretended not to hear, repeated the treatment, and this time Norma broke off in mid-reaction. Her voice as steely as the needles, she asked Cukor to send Miss Crawford home and read the lines himself." Cukor, angry, asked Crawford to apologize. Crawford refused and walked off the set, though she did later send a telegram of apology to Shearer once she had cooled off. See more »

Goofs

As Lucy hauls Sylvia into the house after her fight with Miriam, the camera (after panning from left to right, following them) quickly jerks back before the film cuts away, indicating that had the camera panned over any further, the set would have been revealed. See more »

Quotes

Sylvia Fowler: Mrs. Haines never listens to any of her friends...
Exercise instructress: [under her breath] How does she avoid it?
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In the opening credits, before the photo images of the actresses are shown, their characters are revealed by images of various animals. See more »

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Referenced in The Aviator (2004) See more »

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Forevermore
(1939) (uncredited)
Music by Edward Ward
Lyrics by Chet Forrest and Bob Wright
Played at the end and sung by an offline chorus
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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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