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The Women (1939)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Drama | 1 September 1939 (USA)
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 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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The year's mightiest cast in the hit play that tells on the women! See more »

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Comedy | Drama

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1 September 1939 (USA)  »

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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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Trivia

During filming a "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 »

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When Countess deLave reveals Buck's true financial position, Crystal has one hand resting on the door frame, then drops it to her side as Miriam and Sylvia come over to rub in the bad news. Then in the close-up when Crystal says, "There is a name for you ladies..." she takes her hand off the door frame again. See more »

Quotes

Sylvia Fowler: Why you sly little fox, you.
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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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Soundtracks

I Cried for You
(1923) (uncredited)
Written by Gus Arnheim, Abe Lyman and Arthur Freed
One line sung a cappella by Norma Shearer
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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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