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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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Storyline

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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Taglines:

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

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Comedy | Drama

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Not Rated | See all certifications »

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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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(Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Butterfly McQueen's film debut. See more »

Goofs

When Mary is reading in bed, the early long shots show the lamp on the left side of the bed to be a male figurineand the one on the right to be a female. In the close-ups the lamp on the left of the bed has changed and is female. See more »

Quotes

Sylvia Fowler: [Showing her nails to Mary] Mary, how do you like that?
Nancy Blake: Too, too adorable.
Sylvia Fowler: Ah, you have no idea how it stays on... I get it at Sydney's, you should go Mary. A wonderful new manicurist, Olga's her name, she's marvellous. Isn't that divine? Jungle red!
Nancy Blake: Looks like you've been tearing at somebody's throat!
Sylvia Fowler: [Smacks her hand on the table] I'll be darned Nancy if I let you ride me anymore!
Mary Haines: Oh Sylvia, Nancy's only trying to be clever too.
Sylvia Fowler: Well, she takes a crack at everything about me... Even my nails!
Mary Haines: ...
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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 »

Soundtracks

She'll Be Comin' 'Round the Mountain When She Comes
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Played as background music for Marjorie Main's photo credit
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A fabulous fun movie!
14 June 2002 | by (boston , massachusetts) – See all my reviews

This movie is two wonderful hours of gossipy, clever fun. The script is incredibly good and makes you wish every movie in the world could turn out as well as THE WOMEN. The performances all blend together perfectly, which is what you need if you are going to tell a story like this. Joan Crawford is sublime as the husband stealer and Norma Shearer plays the usual virtuous kind of part she always played in her career. However in my opinion, Roz Russell, who played Mrs. Fowler simply is at her best. It is one of the most funny and exquisite performances that i have ever seen given by an actress on film. It is plain to see she only cares about herself and her own superficial motives but you cant help being on her side and enjoying all the trouble she stirs up. And also Paulette Goddard gave a sassy performance as the sarcastic woman who has seen it all and wants no more of it. The best scene of hers is when she and Mrs. Fowler fight at the divorce ranch. I loved this movie!


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