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Clare Boothe Luce (from the play by)
Anita Loos (screen play) ...
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Release Date:
1 September 1939 (USA) See more »
The Female Of The Species . . . when the men aren't watching ! See more »
A study of the lives and romantic entanglements of various interconnected women. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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A fabulous fun movie! See more (138 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Norma Shearer ... Mrs. Stephen Haines - Mary

Joan Crawford ... Crystal Allen

Rosalind Russell ... Mrs. Howard Fowler - Sylvia

Mary Boland ... The Countess De Lave - Flora

Paulette Goddard ... Miriam Aarons
Phyllis Povah ... Mrs. Phelps Potter - Edith

Joan Fontaine ... Mrs. John Day - Peggy

Virginia Weidler ... Little Mary
Lucile Watson ... Mrs. Morehead

Marjorie Main ... Lucy
Virginia Grey ... Pat

Ruth Hussey ... Miss Watts
Muriel Hutchison ... Jane

Hedda Hopper ... Dolly Dupuyster
Florence Nash ... Nancy Blake
Cora Witherspoon ... Mrs. Van Adams
Ann Morriss ... Exercise Instructress
Dennie Moore ... Olga
Mary Cecil ... Maggie

Mary Beth Hughes ... Miss Trimmerback
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Margaret Dumont ... Mrs. Wagstaff (scenes deleted)

Dorothy Adams ... Miss Atkinson (uncredited)
Ruth Alder ... Woman Under Sunlamp (uncredited)
Mariska Aldrich ... Singing Teacher (uncredited)
Meeka Aldrich ... Masseuse (uncredited)
Barbara Jo Allen ... Receptionist (uncredited)

Judith Allen ... Corset Model (uncredited)
Maude Allen ... Cyclist (uncredited)
Effie Anderson ... Nurse (uncredited)

Mary Anderson ... Young Girl (uncredited)
Dorothy Appleby ... Treatment Girl (uncredited)
Gertrude Astor ... Mud Bath Nurse (uncredited)
Bunny Beatty ... Debutante in Powder Room (uncredited)
May Beatty ... Fat Woman / Society Woman (uncredited)
Wilda Bennett ... Mrs. Carter (uncredited)
Joan Blair ... Miss Atkins (uncredited)
Gladys Blake ... Miss St. Claire (uncredited)
Marie Blake ... Stockroom Girl (uncredited)

Betty Blythe ... Mrs. South (uncredited)
May Boley ... Mud Mask (uncredited)

Lilian Bond ... Mrs. Erskine (uncredited)
Frederika Brown ... Head Saleswoman (uncredited)
Veda Buckland ... Woman (uncredited)
Aileen Carlyle ... Miss Hicks (uncredited)
Shirley Chambers ... Girl in a Bath (uncredited)

Lita Chevret ... Woman Under Sunlamp (uncredited)
Dora Clement ... Woman Under Sunlamp (uncredited)
Mabel Colcord ... Woman Getting Massage (uncredited)
Beatrice Cole ... Negligee Model (uncredited)
Mildred Coles ... Debutante (uncredited)
Nell Craig ... Nurse (uncredited)
Esther Dale ... Ingrid (uncredited)
Mary Dees ... Girl (uncredited)
Eva Dennison ... Old Girl (uncredited)
Estelle Etterre ... Hairdresser #2 (uncredited)
Dot Farley ... Large Woman (uncredited)
Nance Lee Ferrar ... Edith Potter's Daughter (uncredited)
Flora Finch ... Woman Window Tapper (uncredited)
Ruth Findlay ... Pedicurist (uncredited)
Agnes Fraser ... Debutante (uncredited)
June Gittelson ... Mrs. Goldstein (uncredited)
Grace Goodall ... Head Saleswoman (uncredited)
Rita Gould ... Dietician (uncredited)
Grayce Hampton ... Dowager in Powder Room (uncredited)
Sibyl Harris ... Fashion Show Commentator (uncredited)
Theresa Harris ... Olive (uncredited)
Winifred Harris ... Mrs. North / Society Woman (uncredited)
Grace Hayle ... Cyclist (uncredited)
Brenda Henderson ... Mrs. Jones' Daughter (uncredited)
Jany Hope ... Edith Potter's Daughter (uncredited)
Joey Hope ... Edith Potter's Daughter (uncredited)
Virginia Howell ... Receptionist (uncredited)
Carol Hughes ... Salesgirl at Modiste Salon (uncredited)
Jane Isbell ... Edith Potter's Daughter (uncredited)
Suzanne Kaaren ... Princess Mara (uncredited)
Alice Keating ... Saleswoman (uncredited)
Carole Lee Kilbry ... Theatrical Child (uncredited)
Carole Lee Kirby ... Theatrical Child (uncredited)
Lucia LaCerte ... Treatment Girl (uncredited)
Lenita Lane ... Mrs. Spencer's Friend (uncredited)
Priscilla Lawson ... Hairdresser #1 (uncredited)
Leni Lynn ... Edith's Oldest Daughter (uncredited)
Leila McIntyre ... Woman with Bundles (uncredited)
Janet McLeay ... Girl in Shadowgraph / Glamour Girl (uncredited)

Butterfly McQueen ... Lulu - Costmetics Counter Maid (uncredited)
Greta Meyer ... Masseuse (uncredited)
Helene Millard ... Cosmetic Saleswoman (uncredited)
Sue Moore ... Masseuse (uncredited)

Natalie Moorhead ... Woman at Modiste Salon (uncredited)
Gertrude Needham ... Woman (uncredited)
Hattie Noel ... Maid on Train (uncredited)
Florence O'Brien ... Euphie (uncredited)
Mimi Olivera ... Manicurist (uncredited)
Blanche Payson ... Masseuse (uncredited)
Edith Penn ... Nurse (uncredited)

Barbara Pepper ... Tough Girl (uncredited)
Virginia Pine ... Glamour Girl (uncredited)
Hilda Plowright ... Miss Fordyce (uncredited)

Aileen Pringle ... Miss Carter - Saleslady (uncredited)
Catherine Proctor ... Woman in Cabinet (uncredited)
Isabel Randolph ... Woman in Cabinet (uncredited)
Renie Riano ... Ugly Saleswoman (uncredited)
Ruth Rickaby ... Nurse (uncredited)
Jo Ann Sayers ... Debutante (uncredited)

Dorothy Sebastian ... Saleswoman Pat (uncredited)

Peggy Shannon ... Mrs. Jones (uncredited)
Mildred Shay ... Helen - Crystal's French Maid (uncredited)
Clarice Sherry ... Girl (uncredited)
Florence Shirley ... Miss Archer (uncredited)
Irene Shirley ... Nurse (uncredited)
Gertrude Simpson ... Stage Mother (uncredited)
Amzie Strickland ... Glamour Girl (uncredited)
Ann Teeman ... Makeup Artist (uncredited)

Terry ... Fighting Dog at Beauty Shop (uncredited)
Charlotte Treadway ... Companion Woman (uncredited)
Beryl Wallace ... Woman in Cabinet (uncredited)
Josephine Whittell ... Mrs. Spencer (uncredited)
Marjorie Wood ... Sadie - Old Maid in Powder Room (uncredited)
Charlotte Wynters ... Miss Batchelor (uncredited)
Mary Young ... Grandma (uncredited)

Directed by
George Cukor 
Writing credits
Clare Boothe Luce (from the play by) (as Clare Boothe)

Anita Loos (screen play) and
Jane Murfin (screen play)

F. Scott Fitzgerald  uncredited
Donald Ogden Stewart  uncredited

Produced by
Hunt Stromberg .... producer
Original Music by
David Snell 
Edward Ward 
Cinematography by
Oliver T. Marsh (director of photography)
Joseph Ruttenberg (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Robert Kern (film editor) (as Robert J. Kern)
Art Direction by
Cedric Gibbons 
Set Decoration by
Edwin B. Willis (set decorations)
Jack D. Moore (uncredited)
Costume Design by
Adrian (gowns)
Makeup Department
Sydney Guilaroff .... hair stylist
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Edward Woehler .... assistant director (uncredited)
Art Department
Wade B. Rubottom .... associate art director
Sound Department
Douglas Shearer .... recording director
Donna Hall .... riding double: Virginia Weidler (uncredited)
Stevie Meyers .... riding double: Virginia Weidler (uncredited)
Audrey Scott .... riding double: Norma Shearer (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Adrian .... fashion show
Eugene Joseff .... costume jeweller (uncredited)
Other crew
George King .... dance teacher (uncredited)
Crew verified as complete

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
133 min
Black and White | Color (Technicolor) (one sequence)
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Sound System)
Canada:PG (video rating) | France:U | Sweden:15 | UK:U (re-rating) (2004) | UK:A (original rating) (1939) | USA:Not Rated (DVD Rating) | USA:Passed (National Board of Review) | USA:Approved (PCA #5546) | USA:TV-PG (TV rating)

Did You Know?

Although uncredited, F. Scott Fitzgerald contributed to the writing of the screenplay.See more »
Continuity: 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 »
Sylvia Fowler:What are you, pet?
Nancy Blake:What nature abhors. I am an old maid, a frozen asset.
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Movie Connections:
Please Don't Talk About Me When I'm GoneSee more »


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15 out of 19 people found the following review useful.
A fabulous fun movie!, 14 June 2002
Author: SHOCK-6 from boston, massachusetts

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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