The Women

The Women

DVD - 2005
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Mary Haines loses her husband to ruthless Crystal Allen who is aided and abetted by Sylvia Fowler whose own spouse has taken up with another woman. In Reno, in the throes of divorce, all wage war on one another.
Publisher: Burbank, California : Warner Home Video, c2005, c1939.
Edition: Standard version.
ISBN: 9781419810886
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (133 min.) :,sd., b&w with col. sequence ;,12 cm.


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May 24, 2019

I'm giving this film one star because I didn't enjoy it at all. I found it way too hard to keep up with the constant dialogue. Just chatter, chatter, chatter, all through the movie. Got very annoying, VERY fast! Didn't laugh much at all, if at all and the constant insulting of men didn't do anything for me. I watched this simply out of curiosity, because I had been interested in seeing the remake. Actually I didn't even know that there WAS an original film. I hope it doesn't have the constant chatter that this one did. The only interesting things about this film are the fact that there are NO men in the cast (that I could see, anyway) and the fashion show which literally opens in a blaze of color and then minutes later as the curtains close, returns to glorious black and white. I don't recommend this one at all, if you don't want to feel like you're desperately trying to keep up with the pace of the film. Ironically, it was very boring to me.

Mar 31, 2019

The superb casting, campy costumes, and delightfully catty dialogue are what elevate this comedy of manners. I personally did not care for the resolution of the plot or the film's overall message, but I laughed too much for me to write it off.

LPL_ShirleyB Apr 20, 2015

Excellent 1939 comedy / drama which was the first movie to include only female actors. Compare to the well-done 2008 remake.

Jan 14, 2015

Stupid and depressing :-(

Dec 25, 2014

Aged, but classic. Great lines, and an interesting premise. Lots of fun.

Jan 14, 2014

Certainly as catty and campy as it's reputation, The Women is one of those films where you recognize all the faults in it but still go along with it for the delicious fun that it projects at all moments. The problems in this case are the awful message the film has for (and about) women and their dependency on men and the plethora of generic characters that circle the central trio. There are at least four older female characters that are utterly indistinct. But still, with Norma Shearer delivering a typically fantastic performance, Rosalind Russell camping (and uglying!!) it up, and Joan Crawford being deliciously dastardly one can't complain too much.

EuSei Jun 14, 2012

I enjoyed every moment of this movie. Wonderful actresses (no man ever appears in the entire movie, by the way), beautiful sets, clothes to die for—those were the times when women dressed up and were not afraid of being feminine and glamorous! What I like most in this movie is that, at the time it was made, women were not pressured into conforming to the prototype conceived by the 1960’s feminist movement. They were allowed to be women. Coming from another culture—that does not pressure women so much—I can see how much of this is missing in American women; and how much they miss because of the way American girls are being “educated.” I think modern women confuse being feminine with being vulgar and believe to be independent one must devaluate the importance of men in their lives, tsk, tsk, tsk. Norma Shearer is Mrs. Stephen Haines, a wife and mother, whose husband is having an affair with Crystal Allen—Joan Crawford perfect as the low-class shop girl. Shearer is surrounded by envious “friends,” who slowly reveal themselves. Mary Boland is priceless as Countess De Lave. Divorce was then a very sad business, not taken lightly like we do now, and children were the reason many couples stayed together (I wish people thought more of them today). The Women was remade in 2008, but it is a mere travesty of the original, not worth watching.

jmmason Jun 06, 2012

It doesn't get much better than this, kids. Best line, "get me a bromide...and put some gin in it."

Feb 05, 2011

Great vintage film. Awesome fashions. The remake does not do this classic justice. *No men appear in this film*

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