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The Women (1939)

Not Rated | | 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 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 Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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It's all about men! See more »

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Comedy | Drama

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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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| (Technicolor) (one sequence)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

During production, MGM's publicity department couldn't peddle its usual stories about romance on the set to the press with an all-female cast, so they played up the angle of dueling divas and feuds on the set instead. Even though George Cukor publicly defended his cast against rumors of turmoil, audiences still relished the concocted drama and were eager to see if any claws would be visible in the finished film. "When one deals with stars," Cukor said according to Emanuel Levy's 1994 book "George Cukor: Master of Elegance", "he is dealing with intelligent people. If they weren't intelligent, they wouldn't have arrived at the star pinnacle. Stars understand the business. They have learned that a show of temper gets them nothing, save perhaps a salary suspension or at least a headache." See more »

Goofs

At the Reno ranch, Countess DeLave exclaims "I've always put my faith in love. Still... I have had four divorces." However, earlier on the train, she had explained that her first husband left her a widow (and left her all his money) and she had only divorced the following three. See more »

Quotes

Countess DeLave: I never got a sou out of anybody except my first husband, Mr. Strauss. Oh he said the most touching thing in his will, I remember every word of it... He said "To my beloved wife Flora, I leave all my estate... To be administered by executors because she is an A-1 schlemiel."
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Countess DeLave: Isn't that sweet?
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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 »

Connections

Remade as The Women (2008) See more »

Soundtracks

Forevermore
(1939) (uncredited)
Music by Edward Ward
Lyrics by Chet Forrest and Bob Wright
Played at the end and sung by an offscreen chorus
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Divinely Funny

I just saw this film for the first time a few months ago. I laughed harder than I remember laughing at anything made in the last twenty years. The Women is brilliantly written, brilliantly acted, and a whole lot of fun! Norma Shearer is such a sympathetic Mrs. Haines, and the "Jungle red" scene had me in laughing fits. I just could not stop the video for anything. Rosalind Russell was so funny! I thought the scene in the exercise room was absolutely hysterical. I've always been a fan of the demeure Joan Fontaine of Rebecca, and I was surprised to see her here, though not surprised that she played the lamb! This film is such a delight. I think anyone of any age would enjoy it.


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