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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 | Josephine Whittell | Beryl Wallace | Charlotte Treadway | Terry | Ann Teeman | Amzie Strickland | Irene Shirley | Clarice Sherry | Florence Shirley | Mildred Shay | Peggy Shannon | Jo Ann Sayers | Ruth Rickaby | Renie Riano | Isabel Randolph | Catherine Proctor | 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 | Janet McLeay | Leila McIntyre | Leni Lynn | Priscilla Lawson | Lenita Lane | Lucia LaCerte | Carole Lee Kirby | Carole Lee Kilbry | Alice Keating | 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 | Agnes Fraser | June Gittelson | Ruth Findlay | Flora Finch | Nance Lee Ferrar | Dot Farley | Estelle Etterre | Eva Dennison | Mary Dees | Esther Dale | Mildred Coles | Nell Craig | 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 | Maude Allen | Gertrude Astor | Effie Anderson | Judith Allen | Barbara Jo Allen | Mariska Aldrich | Dorothy Appleby | Meeka Aldrich | Ruth Alder | Dorothy Sebastian | Dorothy Adams | Betty Blythe | Butterfly McQueen | Mary Anderson | Lita Chevret | Mary Beth Hughes | Mary Cecil | Dennie Moore | Ann Morriss | Cora Witherspoon | Hedda Hopper | Florence Nash | Muriel Hutchison | Ruth Hussey | Virginia Grey | Marjorie Main | Lucile Watson | Virginia Weidler | Joan Fontaine | Phyllis Povah | 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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