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Rating: 8 stars


35mm northbrook public library divorce affair new york city high society reno train gossip

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Seen on: 01/27/2016

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The Women (1939)

Directed by George Cukor

Comedy | Melodrama


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.

Length 133 minutes


Mary Young | Charlotte Wynters | Marjorie Wood | Beryl Wallace | Terry | Charlotte Treadway | Ann Teeman | Amzie Strickland | Irene Shirley | Florence Shirley | Beatrice Cole | Clarice Sherry | Mildred Shay | Peggy Shannon | Jo Ann Sayers | Ruth Rickaby | Renie Riano | Isabel Randolph | Aileen Pringle | Hilda Plowright | Virginia Pine | Barbara Pepper | Edith Penn | Blanche Payson | Mimi Olivera | Florence O'Brien | Hattie Noel | Gertrude Needham | Natalie Moorhead | Sue Moore | Helene Millard | Greta Meyer | Leni Lynn | Janet McLeay | Lenita Lane | Leila McIntyre | Catherine Proctor | Priscilla Lawson | Lucia LaCerte | Carole Lee Kirby | Flora Finch | Carole Lee Kilbry | Suzanne Kaaren | Jane Isbell | Lita Chevret | Carol Hughes | Virginia Howell | Joey Hope | Jany Hope | Grace Hayle | Winifred Harris | Josephine Whittell | Theresa Harris | Sibyl Harris | Grayce Hampton | Rita Gould | Grace Goodall | June Gittelson | Agnes Fraser | Ruth Findlay | Nance Lee Ferrar | Dot Farley | Estelle Etterre | Eva Dennison | Mary Dees | Esther Dale | Nell Craig | Mildred Coles | Dora Clement | Shirley Chambers | Veda Buckland | Lilian Bond | Frederika Brown | May Boley | Marie Blake | Mabel Colcord | Gladys Blake | Joan Blair | Wilda Bennett | May Beatty | Bunny Beatty | Mariska Aldrich | Gertrude Astor | Maude Allen | Dorothy Appleby | Aileen Carlyle | Effie Anderson | Judith Allen | Barbara Jo Allen | Alice Keating | Meeka Aldrich | Ruth Alder | Virginia Weidler | Butterfly McQueen | Dorothy Sebastian | Ann Morriss | Betty Blythe | Mary Anderson | Dorothy Adams | Mary Beth Hughes | Mary Cecil | Dennie Moore | Cora Witherspoon | Florence Nash | Hedda Hopper | Muriel Hutchison | Virginia Grey | Ruth Hussey | Brenda Henderson | Lucile Watson | Marjorie Main | Phyllis Povah | Joan Fontaine | Paulette Goddard | Mary Boland | Rosalind Russell | Joan Crawford | Norma Shearer

Viewing Notes

Very cool to see this movie on the big screen at NPL in 35mm. The print was pretty worn in places but it seemed appropriate. Astonishing film featuring only women suffering the ordeals of high society and cheating husbands in NYC. Even though Norma Shearer and Joan Crawford are at the center of this, the real standout is Rosalind Russell. I also like Joan Fontaine in her supporting role.

Often hilarious to watch how catty these women are to each other yet remain “friends” due to influence and gossip. Some real sharp dialogue. Not sure when I would have sought this one out on mine so I’m glad NPL screened for their George Cukor series.


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