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Woman Against Woman (1938)

Passed | | Drama, Romance | 24 June 1938 (USA)
Cynthia is married to Steve and is a selfish hard woman. She decides where they will live, who they will see and even gets rid of Dora, the nanny who raised Steve and is now raising their ... See full summary »

Director:

Robert B. Sinclair

Writers:

Margaret Culkin Banning (from the story by: "Enemy Territory"), Edward Chodorov (screen play)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Herbert Marshall ... Stephen Holland
Virginia Bruce ... Maris Kent
Mary Astor ... Cynthia Holland
Janet Beecher ... Mrs. Holland
Marjorie Rambeau ... Mrs. Kingsley
Juanita Quigley ... Ellen
Zeffie Tilbury ... Grandma
Sarah Padden ... Dora
Betty Ross Clarke ... Alice
Dorothy Christy ... Mrs. Morton
Morgan Wallace ... Morton
Joseph Crehan ... Senator Kingsley (as Joseph Creehan)
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Storyline

Cynthia is married to Steve and is a selfish hard woman. She decides where they will live, who they will see and even gets rid of Dora, the nanny who raised Steve and is now raising their daughter Ellen. When Steve divorce's Cynthia, even his mother is on Cynthia's side. While pleading a case in Washington, Steve meets a woman named Maris and falls for her. Maris does not know if she is going to the altar or the chopping block, but they marry and come back to his hometown. Unfortunately, Maris is the outsider, and being a small town where Cynthia and Steve grew up, everyone is Cynthia's friend and not Maris. Cynthia will use every occasion, every trick, including Ellen, to try to ruin the life that Steve has with Maris. Written by Tony Fontana <tony.fontana@spacebbs.com>

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Drama | Romance

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 June 1938 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Enemy Territory See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

When Mrs. Holland goes to the bar and orders a "hooker" of rye, she means a larger-than-normal amount - a large gulp - of undiluted rye whiskey. The word "hooker" in this context was a slang term used from the 1920's through the 1940's. See more »

Goofs

When Cynthia is arguing with Stephen about going out to dinner, she takes the first of two accessories out of the dresser drawer twice between shots. See more »

Quotes

Grandma: What's with all these cowboy singers and cowboy bands on the radio? I often wonder who's left to watch the cows.
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Soundtracks

Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg
(1868) (uncredited)
Written by Richard Wagner
Overture sections played on a record
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A Draw
27 October 2016 | by bobliptonSee all my reviews

This is a very efficiently directed movie: so efficient, indeed, that there is not enough character friction or time for witty lines of dialogue to make things interesting. Mary Astor is the manipulative ex-wife, using Herbert Marshall's love of their daughter to control his life. Virginia Bruce is the supportive new wife who knows precisely what is going on and bides her time, making happy noises until Mary Astor can be unmasked. And Herbert Marshall is the brilliant lawyer who doesn't have a clue. The rest of the cast acts like it's a road show troupe of THE WOMEN. Indeed, several of the cast would be prominently featured in that movie when MGM made it the following year.

This is a talented lead trio. Too bad they're not used to advantage here. Mary Astor is now best known for her role as Bridget O'Shaugnessy in John Huston's MALTESE FALCON, but she was a great screen actress in a variety of roles. Virginia Bruce was a capable actress who just never seems to have made a great movie before her career began to slip. Herbert Marshall was a fine screen actor who survived into the 1960s. Adept at comedy (TROUBLE IN PARADISE, BREAKFAST FOR TWO), he was just moving into the supporting-the-female-star phase of his career. Here he seems to be splitting the support, caught between two good dramatic leads. Go look at TROUBLE IN PARADISE to see it done right. Seen it? See it again.


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