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Director:
Writers:
Clare Boothe Luce (from the play by)
Anita Loos (screen play) ...
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Release Date:
1 September 1939 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
The Female Of The Species . . . when the men aren't watching ! See more »
Plot:
A study of the lives and romantic entanglements of various interconnected women. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
1 win See more »
User Reviews:
Best of the Best! See more (132 total) »

Cast

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

Did You Know?

Trivia:
After Sylvia bites Mirium on the leg, Mirium's line, "Yeah, got to be careful of hydrophobia" is her veiled way of calling Sylvia a bitch. The actual definition of hydrophobia is not a fear of water but a fear of rabies contracted by a dog, and the technical term for a female dog is "bitch." And near the end a second allusion to the word bitch is used when Crystal says, "There's a name for you ladies, but it isn't used in high society... outside a kennel."See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: In the train's club car, the countess's hand jumps from holding the stem of her champagne glass to being folded in front of her between shots.See more »
Quotes:
Nancy Blake:You just can't bear Mary happiness, can you, Sylvia? It gets ya down.
Sylvia Fowler:Oh, don't be ridiculous, why should it?
Nancy Blake:Because she's contented, contented to be what she is.
Sylvia Fowler:Which is what?
Nancy Blake:A woman.
Sylvia Fowler:Ahh. And what are we?
Nancy Blake:Female.
Sylvia Fowler:Really. and what are you, pet?
Nancy Blake:What nature abhors. I'm an old maid, a frozen asset.
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Soundtrack:
I Cried for YouSee more »

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46 out of 50 people found the following review useful.
Best of the Best!, 4 November 1999
Author: guil fisher from New York City, NY

This, by far, is the greatest classic bitch film of all time. It can never be equaled. They tried, but failed, when trying to remake it a musical with a less than glamorous casting of the roles made famous by the all-star female cast of the original written by Clare Boothe Luce. George Cukor, the director, had his hands full with the likes of these dames of fame. Each, in their own right, could steal a scene if left up to them, and they tried. But Cukor, held tight to the reins and kept them all in line. The beginning credits were cleverly done with each star being represented by an animal. Norma Shearer, the doe; the delicious Joan Crawford, a tiger; Roz Russell a cat; Paulette Goddard, a fox; Marjorie Main, a mule; Joan Fontaine, a lamb.

My favorite scenes were the fight scene with Goddard and Russell, bath scene with Crawford, and last scene when all THE WOMEN go at it at the ball. With wonderful, crisp dialogue, beautiful costumes designed by Adrian and a stellar cast, you can see the sparks fly in this all-time classic comedy of 1939.

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