The Women

  • George Cukor /
  • USA /
  • 1939 /
  • 133 mins

Norma Shearer, Joan Crawford, Rosalind Russell, Mary Boland, Paulette Goddard / Fiction / English

There is a name for you ladies, but it isn't used in polite society... outside of a kennel.'

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In fact, even the canine members of this dauntingly glamorous cast are female - as are the horses. There's not a male creature in sight, though they do come up in conversation... Adapted by Anita Loos and Jane Murfin from the Broadway play by Clare Booth (which ran to a devilish 666 performances), The Women is a piercing paean to the weakness of males and the waspishness of females - and a deeply moral warning against following the nasty agendas of the former all the way to the divorce courts. Norma Shearer is lovely as the trusting wife who's shocked to hear - via a prattling manicurist - of her husband's dalliance with hard-bitten shopgirl Joan Crawford. Among the interfering, spectacularly-clad onlookers are Rosalind Russell, Joan Fontaine and Paulette Goddard. HM

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