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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 | pride | See more »

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The Female Of The Species . . . when the men aren't watching ! See more »

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Comedy | Drama

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Release Date:

1 September 1939 (USA)  »

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The Women  »

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$1,688,000 (estimated)
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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Re-released in France in May 1974. See more »

Goofs

In the credits at the beginning of the movie, Paulette Goddard's character's name is Miriam Aarons. It is spelled "Ahrens" when seen in the newspaper clipping read by Sylvia Fowler when she arrives in Reno. See more »

Quotes

Jane: [Opens the door for Edith] How do you do Mrs. Potter?
Edith Potter: Hello Jane.
Jane: And how are you feeling today?
Edith Potter: Too awful, I wouldn't wish my woes on my worst friend.
[Looks around the corner]
Edith Potter: Oh Jane, will you tell Mrs. Fowler that I'd like to speak to her out here for just a moment.
Jane: Yes, Mrs. Potter.
Nancy Blake: [Comes around the corner and surprises Edith] How's the little mother?
Edith Potter: [shouts out to Jane] Jane! Never mind about that...
[to Nancy]
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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 »

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Featured in Joan Crawford: The Ultimate Movie Star (2002) See more »

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On Top of Old Smokey
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Sung a cappella by Marjorie Main
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Classic!
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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