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The Women ()


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A study of the lives and romantic entanglements of various interconnected women.

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Mrs. Stephen Haines - Mary
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Crystal Allen
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Mrs. Howard Fowler - Sylvia
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The Countess De Lave - Flora
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Miriam Aarons
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Mrs. John Day - Peggy
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Mrs. Morehead
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Mrs. Phelps Potter - Edith
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Little Mary
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Lucy
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Pat
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Miss Watts
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Jane
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Dolly DuPuyster
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Nancy Blake
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Mrs. Van Adams
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Exercise Instructress
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Olga
Mary Cecil ...
Maggie
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Miss Trimmerback
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Mrs. Wagstaff (scenesDeleted)
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Miss Atkinson (uncredited)
Ruth Alder ...
Woman Under Sunlamp (uncredited)
Mariska Aldrich ...
Singing Teacher (uncredited)
Meeka Aldrich ...
Masseuse (uncredited)
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Receptionist (uncredited)
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Corset Model (uncredited)
Maude Allen ...
Cyclist (uncredited)
Effie Anderson ...
Nurse (uncredited)
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Young Girl (uncredited)
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Treatment Girl (uncredited)
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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)
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Miss St. Claire (uncredited)
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Stockroom Girl (uncredited)
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Mrs. South (uncredited)
May Boley ...
Mud Mask (uncredited)
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Mrs. Erskine (uncredited)
Frederika Brown ...
Head Saleswoman (uncredited)
Veda Buckland ...
Woman (uncredited)
Aileen Carlyle ...
Miss Hicks (uncredited)
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Girl in a Bath (uncredited)
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Woman Under Sunlamp (uncredited)
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Woman Under Sunlamp (uncredited)
Mabel Colcord ...
Woman Getting Massage (uncredited)
Beatrice Cole ...
Negligee Model (uncredited)
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Debutante (uncredited)
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Nurse (uncredited)
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Ingrid (uncredited)
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Girl (uncredited)
Eva Dennison ...
Old Girl (uncredited)
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Hairdresser #2 (uncredited)
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Large Woman (uncredited)
Nance Lee Ferrar ...
Edith Potter's Daughter (uncredited)
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Woman Window Tapper (uncredited)
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Pedicurist (uncredited)
Agnes Fraser ...
Debutante (uncredited)
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Mrs. Goldstein (uncredited)
Grace Goodall ...
Head Saleswoman (uncredited)
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Dietician (uncredited)
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Dowager in Powder Room (uncredited)
Sibyl Harris ...
Fashion Show Commentator (uncredited)
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Olive (uncredited)
Winifred Harris ...
Mrs. North / Society Woman (uncredited)
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Cyclist (uncredited)
Brenda Henderson ...
Mrs. Jones' Daughter (uncredited)
Jany Hope ...
Edith Potter's Daughter (uncredited)
Joey Hope ...
Edith Potter's Daughter (uncredited)
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Receptionist (uncredited)
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Salesgirl at Modiste Salon (uncredited)
Jane Isbell ...
Edith Potter's Daughter (uncredited)
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Princess Mara (uncredited)
Alice Keating ...
Saleswoman (uncredited)
Carole Lee Kilbry ...
Theatrical Child (uncredited)
Carole Lee Kirby ...
Theatrical Child (uncredited)
Lucia LaCerte ...
Treatment Girl (uncredited)
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Mrs. Spencer's Friend (uncredited)
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Hairdresser #1 (uncredited)
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Edith's Oldest Daughter (uncredited)
Leila McIntyre ...
Woman with Bundles (uncredited)
Janet McLeay ...
Girl in Shadowgraph / Glamour Girl (uncredited)
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Lulu - Costmetics Counter Maid (uncredited)
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Masseuse (uncredited)
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Cosmetic Saleswoman (uncredited)
Sue Moore ...
Masseuse (uncredited)
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Woman at Modiste Salon (uncredited)
Gertrude Needham ...
Woman (uncredited)
Hattie Noel ...
Maid on Train (uncredited)
Florence O'Brien ...
Euphie (uncredited)
Mimi Olivera ...
Manicurist (uncredited)
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Masseuse (uncredited)
Edith Penn ...
Nurse (uncredited)
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Tough Girl (uncredited)
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Glamour Girl (uncredited)
Hilda Plowright ...
Miss Fordyce (uncredited)
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Miss Carter - Saleslady (uncredited)
Catherine Proctor ...
Woman in Cabinet (uncredited)
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Woman in Cabinet (uncredited)
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Ugly Saleswoman (uncredited)
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Nurse (uncredited)
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Debutante (uncredited)
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Saleswoman Pat (uncredited)
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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)
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Makeup Artist (uncredited)
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Fighting Dog at Beauty Shop (uncredited)
Charlotte Treadway ...
Companion Woman (uncredited)
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Woman in Cabinet (uncredited)
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Mrs. Spencer (uncredited)
Marjorie Wood ...
Sadie - Old Maid in Powder Room (uncredited)
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Miss Batchelor (uncredited)
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Grandma (uncredited)

Directed by

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George Cukor

Written by

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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

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Hunt Stromberg ... producer

Music by

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David Snell
Edward Ward

Cinematography by

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Oliver T. Marsh ... director of photography
Joseph Ruttenberg ... director of photography

Film Editing by

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Robert Kern ... film editor (as Robert J. Kern)

Art Direction by

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Cedric Gibbons

Set Decoration by

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Edwin B. Willis ... (set decorations)
Jack D. Moore ... (uncredited)

Costume Design by

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Adrian ... (gowns)

Makeup Department

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Sydney Guilaroff ... hair stylist

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Edward Woehler ... assistant director (uncredited)

Art Department

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Wade B. Rubottom ... associate art director

Sound Department

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Douglas Shearer ... recording director

Stunts

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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

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Adrian ... fashion show
Eugene Joseff ... costume jeweller (uncredited)

Music Department

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George Bassman ... orchestrator (uncredited)
Wally Heglin ... orchestrator (uncredited)
Paul Marquardt ... orchestrator (uncredited)
Charles Maxwell ... orchestrator (uncredited)
Leonid Raab ... orchestrator (uncredited)
Arthur Schutt ... orchestrator (uncredited)

Other crew

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George King ... dance teacher (uncredited)
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Storyline

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Plot Summary

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

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Taglines The Female Of The Species . . . when the men aren't watching ! See more »
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Also Known As
  • Femmes (France)
  • Die Frauen (Germany)
  • Mujeres (Spain)
  • Ha-Nashim (Israel, Hebrew title)
  • As Mulheres (Brazil)
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Runtime
  • 133 min
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Budget $1,688,000 (estimated)

Did You Know?

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Trivia There are over 130 roles in this movie, all played by women. Phyllis Povah, Marjorie Main, Mary Cecil and Marjorie Wood originated their roles in the play, which opened on 7 September 1937 and had 666 performances at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre in New York. No doubles were used in the fight sequence where Rosalind Russell bites Paulette Goddard. Despite the permanent scar resulting from the bite, the actresses remained friends. See more »
Goofs When Mary is on the phone with Stephen during the lunch party, she puts a cigarette in her mouth and strikes a match, lighting it, the cigarette doesn't light, and she holds the unlit thing through the rest of the conversation. When they cut to long shot of her hanging up the phone, the cigarette is smoking, and she stabs it out in an ashtray. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in From the Ends of the Earth (1939). See more »
Soundtracks Forevermore See more »
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 »
Quotes Crystal Allen: There's a name for you ladies, but it isn't used in high society... outside of a kennel. So long, ladies!
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