The Women

1939

Comedy / Drama

57
Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Certified Fresh 91%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Upright 88%
IMDb Rating 8 10 11,302

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Joan Crawford as Myra Hudson
Norma Shearer as Mrs. Stephen Haines - Mary
Paulette Goddard as Anita Dixon
Terry as Fighting Dog at Beauty Shop
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133 min
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133 min
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Movie Reviews

Reviewed by eskridge 10 / 10 / 10

One of my all time favorites

The fact that Norma Shearer and Joan Crawford would consent to appear in a movie together is amazing. Shearer in 1939 was the queen of MGM, being the widow of Irving Thalberg, and had her choice of material and co-stars. Crawford, although a power in her own right, didn't have Shearer's pull and complained bitterly about it. Crawford agreed to take the somewhat supporting, albeit juicy role because she needed an A picture after a string of flops. So she had to suck it up to work with Shearer. The two stars had only one scene alone together, and there were no reported problems, except one. Director George Cukor sent Crawford home early when she caused a distraction by loudly clicking her knitting needles off camera as Shearer tried to do her close-ups. Crawford was proved right in taking the movie, it's one of her most memorable and, finally for once, villainous roles. As Crystal Allen, the scheming homewrecker who is out to sleep her way to a Park Avenue penthouse, she was ideally cast. It was her life. Rosalind Russell, previously not known as a comedienne, surprised everyone with her rapid-fire sarcastic delivery. She would continue to perfect the biting style for 20 years until she reached the pinnacle with Auntie Mame. Roz gives the strongest performance of the film as the viciously catty Sylvia Fowler, and I don't think Shearer or Crawford knew what hit them. As for the long-suffering, hair-clutching, heavy-sighing Norma Shearer, even she was able to make the difficult role of saintly Mary Haines memorable. One of her best moments is when she raises her nails and growls "I've had two years to grow claws, Mother, and they're Jungle Red!," and then goes to take her husband back from Crawford. Unfortunately, Shearer has a few Silent Screen moments that look out of place, such as collapsing and weeping at her mother's knee. But she makes the character warm and likable and we root for her to win. There are many gems in the supporting cast. Most spectacular is Mary Boland as the heavy-drinking, high-living Countess De Lave. "L'amour L'amour" she wails as she's about to divorce her fourth studly husband -- for trying to kill her. Paulette Goddard, the most beautiful member of the cast, is the best I've seen her, as the streetwise Miriam Aarons. Like Crawford, she plays a role she understands, the chorus girl who snags a millionaire. But unlike Crystal, Miriam has a heart -- and Goddard is great at doling out straight-shooting advice and rolling out put-downs under her breath. Marjorie Main gives a preview of the persona she would later use as Ma Kettle. It was the first time she was able to step out and create the character, and she used it the rest of her career. I never tired of her raucous horse laugh. I hope Hollywood has the good sense not to attempt a remake with an update of this classic. Time would not be kind. It is a priceless diamond in a golden setting.

Reviewed by e-clayton-01810 8 / 10 / 10

The women

I loved seeing an all female cast where men were talked about but never seen. I found that very clever. That also could be symbolic of the fact that men (for these women) are always on the minds of women or at the center of women's existence whether they are physically present or not. I do wish that the topic or theme of the film was not about marriage or men. But as a topic the film did bring up interesting points. Like wether or not to stay with a man if he cheats. It's interesting though that in either case, whether the woman stays in the relationship or leaves, its seen as her fault (in the film). It's her fault he cheated because she wasn't enough and it's her fault for getting a divorce when she could just stay in the relationship. Besides that point I don't see what else the film was trying to say. Again, I love the female cast but the topic of the film was so bland to me that I couldn't bring myself to really enjoy it. Side-note: it was weird that the fashion show scene was in color but the rest of the film was in black and white.

Reviewed by justinmethe 8 / 10 / 10

The very first "Chick Flick"?

A very funny movie this may very will be the all time classic "chick flick". Tons of gossip and cat fights and the main thing that i believe caught the attention of many people with this movie is realism. In some cases this is truly how some women act and I believe that's what ads to the comedy and success of this movie is that so many people and especially women can relate. I feel as if this movie really went after the topic of divorce and maybe how many women back then had the fear of being replaced or having their husband cheat on them by a younger women. As i said before women could relate to this film very easily and it gave a sense of women coming together and really was one of the first movies to start this idea or give off the impression of feminism. An overall very funny comedy with a well put together all-star cast of female actors who all did an incredible job with this film.

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