Shortly after their tenth wedding anniversary, New York theater producer Steven Hilliard and his wife, former popular radio singer Kay Hilliard née Ashley, are getting a Kay-initiated Reno ... See full summary »
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
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During filming, Production Code emergency sprung up, and it was up to screenwriter Anita Loos to fix it. "At that time the most innocent jokes about sex were banned," said Loos in her 1974 book Kiss Hollywood Good-By. The censors had returned the script with many of its best jokes nixed for being too racy. Loos was instructed to "sit beside George [Cukor] on the set and ad lib some 'clean' jokes as the cameras rolled. Seeing that there are plenty of laughs in the ordinary bitchiness of women," Loos added, "it was no hard job." See more »
In her bathing scene, Joan Crawford's character is supposed to mispronounce "cooperate." She doesn't, so the little girl's reaction therefore makes no sense. See more »
You should have licked that girl where she licked you; in his arms. It's where you win in the first round and if I know men, it's still Custer's Last Stand.
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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 »
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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