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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


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

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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