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The Women (1939)

 -  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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gossip | countess | perfume | divorce | girl | See more »

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Release Date:

1 September 1939 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Mujeres  »

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$1,688,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

There are over 130 roles in this movie, all played by women. Phyllis Povah, Marjorie Main, Mary Cecil and Marjorie Wood originated their roles in the play, which opened on 7 September 1937 and had 666 performances at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre in New York. No doubles were used in the fight sequence where Rosalind Russell bites Paulette Goddard. Despite the permanent scar resulting from the bite, the actresses remained friends. See more »

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Lucy hauls Sylvia into the house after her fight with Mirium and 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 »

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Mrs. Moorehead: Besides, there's nothing like a good dose of being left alone to make a man appreciate his wife.
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Please Don't Talk About Me When I'm Gone
(1930) (uncredited)
Music by Sam H. Stept
Lyrics by Sidney Clare
One line sung a cappella by Norma Shearer
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The Quintessential Film of the Late 30's
9 May 2005 | by (California) – See all my reviews

There were so many excellent films produced in 1939, but this is the best at showing (what Hollywood wanted to show) the current times. It showcases so many wonderful actresses all at once. Norma Shearer is just outstanding; this is my favorite movie of hers.

It also shows the values and thinking about women's roles at that time; but challenges them at the same time. As embodied by Mary's mother-in-law, there's a feeling of "boys will be boys" and the thought that even though her husband is playing around (for no good reason given - they seem to be a happy couple), Mary should let him get his "wild oats" out of his system, and look the other way. On the other hand, it shows a rich and varied view of all types of women, intelligent, catty, gentle, vicious, etc. They are not necessarily defined by the men in their lives - who are not shown. It actually shows the women ultimately deciding how their men will live - and with whom.

Overall, a wonderful, enjoyable movie.


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