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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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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Mrs. Stephen Haines - Mary
... Crystal Allen
... Mrs. Howard Fowler - Sylvia
... The Countess De Lave - Flora
... Miriam Aarons
... Mrs. John Day - Peggy
... Mrs. Morehead
... Mrs. Phelps Potter - Edith
... Little Mary
... Lucy
... Pat
... Miss Watts
... Jane
... Dolly DuPuyster
... Nancy Blake
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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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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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Release Date:

1 September 1939 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Mujeres  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,688,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$2,270,000
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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 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 »

Goofs

When Cristal is talking to Buck on the phone she says that she has been married for 18 months and yet the next day Mary is giving an annual 2 year party for the girls. This does not compute. See more »

Quotes

Crystal Allen: I'm having him dine at my place. It's about time he found out I was a home girl.
Pat: A home girl? Get her! Why don't you borrow the quintuplets for the evening?
Crystal Allen: Because I'm all the baby he wants, pet.
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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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Featured in Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer's Big Parade of Hits for 1940 (1940) See more »

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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The claws are out, and they're jungle red!
12 March 2006 | by See all my reviews

This movie has one of the best casts ever - Joan Crawford, Norma Shearer, Paulette Goddard, Rosalind Russell, Mary Boland, Joan Fontaine, Hedda Hopper and Virginia Weilder just to make a few. These women carry the movie perfectly and acting is perfection. Some people disagree and say that Norma Shearer acts in a 'silent screen' type of way - but I cannot agree with that. I think she did an excellent job especially when she had the crying scene on the sofa (I don't think I have ever seen anybody cry that well before).

Mary Haines (Norma Shearer) discovers that her husband is having an affair with money-hungry perfume sales girl Chrystal Allen (Joan Crawford). Aided and abetted by her cousin Sylvia Fowler (Rosalind Russell) and her army of girlfriends, Mary sets out to win back her man...and teach Chrystal a lesson or two in the process! The movie runs at a rapid pace, and never leaves you bored. The dialog is incredibly witty, it very much surprised me. There was also physical comedy - the hilariously done (and no stunt doubles too!) cat fight between Rosalind Russell and Paulette Goddard. I found the fashion show a bit dragging and too long, but it was still fun looking at all the wonderful classy fashions of that era.

This hilarious comedy about women and their men can appeal to people who are not necessarily fans of old movies. 'The Women' is a wonderful catty, witty, hilarious movie that can be enjoyed by many.


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