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The Women (Keepcase)
The Women
Actors: Norma Shearer, Joan Crawford, Rosalind Russell, Mary Boland, Paulette Goddard
Director: George Cukor
Genres: Comedy, Drama
NR     2005     2hr 13min

Be careful what you say in private. It could become a movie. Some gossip overheard by Clare Boothe Luce in a nightclub powder room inspired her Broadway hit that's wittily adapted for the screen in The Women. George Cukor ...  more »


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Actors: Norma Shearer, Joan Crawford, Rosalind Russell, Mary Boland, Paulette Goddard
Director: George Cukor
Creators: Joseph Ruttenberg, Hunt Stromberg, Anita Loos, Clare Boothe Luce, Donald Ogden Stewart, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Jane Murfin
Genres: Comedy, Drama
Sub-Genres: Comedy, Classics
Studio: Warner Home Video
Format: DVD - Full Screen
DVD Release Date: 06/14/2005
Original Release Date: 09/01/1939
Theatrical Release Date: 09/01/1939
Release Year: 2005
Run Time: 2hr 13min
Screens: Full Screen
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 10
MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Languages: English, Italian

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Arlene G. from DECATUR, AL
Reviewed on 5/4/2010...
The 1939 version of The Women is a great movie. Norma Shearer is at her best and she is supported by a stellar cast. This movie explores the relationships of women, their marriages, their friendships and their families. Mary Haines is the main character in this movie. She is the wife of Stephen, who is having a fling with shopgirl, Crystal. Upon finding out about the affair, Mary divorces him, ignoring the advice of her mother, who urges her to stay with her husband in spite of the momentary fling. Mary's friends(frienemies??) are very involved in telling her what she should do in her present circumstance. Some of the funniest scenes in the movie include Mary's stay in Reno while waiting to get her quickie divorce. She is joined there by two of her friends and makes friends with two other ladies let down by Amour. Stephen marries the shop girl, played brilliantly by Joan Crawford, the minute he and Mary divorce,much to Mary's dismay. Mary had hoped that he would come to his senses, apologize and they would remarry. Eighteen months pass and the movie picks up with the lives of all the friends. With the help of her friends, Mary exposes Crystal as the ultimate golddigger and the movie ends as Mary and Stephen are reunited.

This movies is titled The men are seen in the whole film. Men are discussed but never seen...a unique twist.
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Brava, The Real Housewives of Park Avenue
Jill Morris | 05/16/2010
(5 out of 5 stars)

Let's see if you can identify this property: a gaggle of upscale, high maintenance women, mostly married to men with deep pockets.

They lunch, they shop, they attend fashion shows, they dish. They form brief, musical chairs type alliances within the group. They diss each other and often the husbands as well.

They discuss their respective issues and sometimes appear supportive of each other, often disingenuously. One relies on her sage like mother for advice They go to spas to be pampered and pummeled. They work out to stay fit and desirable. They wear cutting edge a la mode everything.

Simply watching them rail and flail within their small milieu is ensorcelling verging on addictive.

And, did I mentioned among them there is a from the wrong side of the tracks unscrupulous wannabe?

Name the property.

Did you guess the Real Housewives of Hither and Yon? New York? New Jersey?

Well, no wonder. The work in question, though fiction, might well have been produced last week and a part of that franchise!

Meaning, comments about the work being stale, outdated,
even anachronistic....if you see what is there, must be coming from critics lacking discernment and perspective.

Thing is, this work was produced SEVENTY years ago.

The property is The Women. The original (the only one worth seeing), written by the Moxie-endowed, razor keen Claire Booth Luce and directed by one of the finest women's' directors who ever set foot on a set, George Cukor. And that, according to every actress he ever directed.

Ah, the halcyon days of MGM, and in a year considered to this day, marked by an almost embarrassing excess of brilliant movies: 1939. It's still considered Hollywood's Greatest Year.

The Women is populated by an all star, all female cast whose ages span several decades.

Each luminary delivers an unforgettable performance, most notably, the deliciously manic Rosalind Russell
at her rat-a-tat finest.

Costumes by bet, late 30s a la mode, and get that fashion changes and that is usually driven by commerce. So, make sure your vision is not stuck in Prada & D & G. Aspiring to be au courant has no circa, after all.

When I first saw this film on TV way back, I thought the premise that women ought be blindly devoted to their men was the fly in the cinematic ointment rendering this movie pre Feminist archaic.

I was wrong. Incredibly, not a lot has changed, as per what we see via the reality shows in question.

Norma Shearer plays the initially stoic lead opposite her nemesis, Joan Crawford, who, using faux sexuality, is out to steal Ms. Shearer's husband for his money. These two were actual rivals at MGM back in the day. Ms. Crawford,
who, in this film plays herself, addressing why Ms. Shearer's light eclipsed her own stardom at Metro, hurled,
"Well, she sleeps with the boss."

Indeed. Ms. Shearer married the creatively brilliant, but physically fragile Irving Thalberg. They had two kids together before he died far too young.

The characters depicted in The Women are no more caricatures than those individuals we see in The Real Housewives franchise.

If you are lucky enough to buy this movie, you will be taken aback by its timelessness if you work to see things in perspective.

Not to mention, you will be captivated and entertained...and perhaps even moved to ponder social mores and gender roles---and even if monogamy is indigenous to our species (we are not beavers, after all)---by some of the best who ever were.