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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


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

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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