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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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1 September 1939 (USA)  »

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The Women  »

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$1,688,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

Though many people view Joan Crawford as the "bad girl" of the movie, Clare Boothe Luce, who wrote (as Clare Boothe) the play that the film was based on, sympathized most with Crystal Allen, Crawford's character. See more »

Goofs

When Mary is on the phone with Stephen during the lunch party, she puts a cigarette in her mouth and strikes a match, lighting it, the cigarette doesn't light, and she holds the unlit thing through the rest of the conversation. When they cut to long shot of her hanging up the phone, the cigarette is smoking, and she stabs it out in an ashtray. See more »

Quotes

Mrs. Moorehead: Steven is tired of himself.
Mrs. Moorehead: Tired of feeling the same things in himself.
Mrs. Moorehead: Time comes when a man's got to feel something new.
Mrs. Moorehead: When he's got to feel young again just because he's growing old.
Mrs. Moorehead: We women are so much more sensible.
Mrs. Moorehead: When we tire of ourselves, we change the way we do our hair, or hire a new cook, or decorate the house.
Mrs. Moorehead: I suppose a man could do over his office, but he never thinks of anything so simple.
Mrs. Moorehead: No, dear, a man has only one escape from his old self - to see a different self in ...
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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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Old Chisholm Trail (Come a Ti Yi Yippee Yippee Yay)
(uncredited)
Traditional
Sung a cappella in part by Mary Boland
Reprised a cappella in part by Rosalind Russell
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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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