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This scorching comedy finds Norma Shearer, Joan Crawford, Rosalind Russell, Joan Fontaine and Paulette Goddard fighting with no-holds-barred cattiness for their own (and each other's) husbands and lovers.
George Cukor, Hollywood's legendary "woman's director," had his hands full with the all-female cast of this 1939 film adaptation of the Clare Boothe play. The story finds a group of catty, competitive friends destroying reputations at social gatherings. The dialogue sparkles, Joan Crawford's performance as a husband stealer is still a classic, the film looks wonderful in Cukor's hands, and the Technicolor fashion-show scene is a one-of-a-kind Hollywood experience. --Tom Keogh --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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The uppermost ladies of Manhattan lunch, spa, shop and especially gossip together. So when Mary Haines' (Norma Shearer) hubby takes a perfume-counter mistress Crystal (Joan Crawford), the other women try to keep it from her. But Mary finds out, and after confronting her husband with his infidelity, she demands a divorce -- and so it's off to Reno with her goody-two-shoes pal Peggy (Joan Fontaine).
She spends the next few weeks at a ranch with other soon-to-be-divorced women, including her neurotic cousin, a much-divorced countess and a vixen. And though Mary still loves her husband, he feels obligated to marry Crystal. But then Mary's daughter reveals some juicy new information about Crystal -- and Mary's pals band together to help her set things right.
"The Women" is an all-star cast, with all women. Not a man to be seen or even heard (although I can't vouch for the animals) -- even the kids are all girls. This allows the attention to remain on The Women, whether it's the naive girls, kindly matrons or the catty hens.
The original play was by Clare Boothe Luce, but Anita Loos gives it her own witty spin. And Loos -- the original chick-litter -- knew how to spin witty, sparking dialogue without breaking a sweat ("She's got those eyes that run up and down a man like a searchlight!").
The plot moves at a fast pace, with the occasional lull, where we get some barbed dialogue about marriage and infidelity.Read more ›
This Geroge Cukor film has one of the sharpest scripts written for the screen, and features many of the Golden Era's best actresses: Norma Shearer as Mary Haines; Joan Crawford as the conniving shopgirl Crystal; Joan Fontaine as the innocent Peggy Day; and in one of the best performances, Rosalind Russell as the fast-talking Syliva Folwer. Her rapid-fire delivery of some of the most sarcastic lines is amazing to watch, and she gives the character much comic flair. Marjorie Main pops in for a while as Lucy, who runs a ranch in Reno for women going through divorces. In a short but fantastic scene, Virginia Grey plays Pat, another shopgirl working with Crystal who can't help but try to unnerve Crystal while she's on the phone with Mr. Haines. Even columnist Hedda Hopper makes a brief appearance toward the end of the film.
Two other remarkable notes about this film: of the 135-member cast, there is not one man present in the film. And two: the film is black and white, with the exception of a fashion show sequence toward the middle of the film which is shown in glorious technicolor. It's a bit lengthy but marvelous to look at all those fashions designed by Adrian (who has quite a long list of memorable films to his design credits).
The DVD is a restored version of the film. (The difference can be seen in the alternate version of the fshion show sequence included as a bonus.Read more ›
For the first time on Blu-ray, the hilarious classic that answers the burning question: What do women talk about when there are no men around? The answer: men, and how to steal them! Joan Crawford, Norma Shearer and Rosalind Russell lean an all-star cast in some of the funniest and most amazing catfights ever put on the screen. When Mary Haines [Norma Shearer] is jilted by her husband, the claws come out, and Joan Crawford's pushy princess tries to snag her man. Based on the hit Broadway play by Clare Boothe and deftly directed by George Cukor, this newly re-mastered 75th anniversary edition will leave you in stiches!
FILM FACT: Filmed in black-and-white, it includes a ten-minute fashion parade filmed in Technicolor, featuring Adrian's most outré designs; often cut in modern screenings, it has been restored by Turner Classic Movies. When interviewed by Turner Classic Movies host Robert Osborne, director George Cukor stated that he did not like the sequence and that he wanted to remove it from the film. It was remade as a 1956 musical comedy, ‘The Opposite Sex’ starring June Allyson, Joan Collins and Ann Miller.Read more ›
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One of the best movies of all time ! Top notch cast all at the the beginning of illustrious careers. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Shane Cawley
Hilarious, I love this movie. The story is great, the Characters are funny, and well played. The Story is very funny, and so relatable to today's time. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Felicia
worth comparing with the updated version, both are very entertainingPublished 15 months ago by D Nanc
This version of The Women is the best version than a recent remake. Thank youPublished 20 months ago by blkgrrl
Love this movie, watched it at least 20 times since it arrived! The performences are outstanding, too bad of the sexist b. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Michele M
If you haven't seen "The Women," do yourself a favor and see it any way you can - I checked out the video from my local library. Read morePublished on July 10 2004 by Nancy Tannenbaum
I am a big fan of black and white movies. The movie is kept at a high tempo - never a dull moment. I recomend it to everyone.Published on June 17 2004
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