The Women (1939)



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Movie Info

The women of this film are, as a group, rather intimidating to male eyes and ears. Heroine Mary Haines, the only throughly "nice" character in the bunch, is forced to use every feminine wile at her command when her husband is stolen by scheming shopgirl Crystal Allen.

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Classics, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Anita Loos, Jane Murfin
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jul 2, 2002


as Mary Haines

as Chrystal Allen

as Sylvia Fowler

as Peggy Day

as Countess DeLave

as Miriam Aarons

as Mrs. Moorehead

as Edith Potter

as Nancy Blake

as Little Mary

as Miss Watts

as Mrs. Wagstaff

as Maggie

as Ingrid

as Dolly Dupuyster

as Helene the French Ma...

as Hairdresser

as Hairdresser

as Exercise Instructor

as Miss Trimmerback

as Mrs. Van Adams

as Jane, Mary's Maid

as Her Companion

as Receptionist

as Receptionist

as Fat Woman

as Mud Mask

as Podiatrist

as Miss Batchelor

as Miss Carter

as Miss Archer

as Miss Fordyce

as Singing Teacher

as Woman Wwith Bundles

as Large Woman

as Woman Window Tapper

as Saleswoman

as Saleswoman

as Head Saleswoman

as Mrs. Erskine

as Mrs. North

as Salesgirl at Modiste...

as Nurse

as Cyclist

as Cyclist

as Lulu, Cosmetics Cou...

as Woman in Modiste Sal...

as Debutante

as Theatrical Child

as Woman Under Sunlamps

as Woman Under Sunlamps

as Woman Under Sunlamps

as Stock Room Girl

as Miss Atkinson

as Salesgirl at Modiste...

as Mrs. Jones

as Mrs. Spencer

as Dietician

as Stage Mother

as Olga, Manicurist

as Mrs. South

as Mrs. Erskine

as Receptionist [uncred...
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Critic Reviews for The Women

All Critics (23) | Top Critics (5)

A film that deserves to be seen (or seen again).

Full Review… | September 11, 2008
Arizona Republic
Top Critic

The catty banter and Wildean aphorisms (some of them contributed by Anita Loos) are delivered with impeccable timing by a cast only MGM could have mustered.

Full Review… | September 11, 2008
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

[Cukor is] at his best with a cast that includes Rosalind Russell, Norma Shearer, Joan Crawford, Hedda Hopper, Ruth Hussey, Paulette Goddard, and Joan Fontaine.

Full Review… | September 11, 2008
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Picture however holds passages that slow movement down to a walk.

Full Review… | May 30, 2008
Top Critic

A more eccentric film than the following year's The Philadelphia Story, with which it shares a couple of faces, it's almost as fabulous.

Full Review… | January 26, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

A pretty superb and remarkable film...

Full Review… | May 31, 2014
Cinema Crazed

Audience Reviews for The Women


Much preferred to the Meg Ryan remake of this. I didn't enjoy that one so much I almost didn't want to watch this one at all! Thankfully, it was changed quite a bit from this original, and not in a good way - I think I will seriously have to lower my rating for that remake after seeing this one. It deserves to lose points for making this one seem like it would be crap!
The main problem this one has is that it is over long and has too many characters to warm to all of them, really it could have been an hour or so shorter and would have been better for it. My favourites here were Joan Crawford and Norma Shearer. I gave this an extra half star just for Joan and that bathroom she sets up for herself!
There are better old movies out there to watch, but this one definitely has it's moments and is worth a look.

Nicki Marie

Super Reviewer

Left me wondering why any man would step out on warm and beautiful Norma Shearer for creepy and conniving Joan Crawford.

*Phenomenal cast includes Rosalind Russell, Paulette Goddard, Joan Fontaine, Hedda Hopper and Marjorie Main

Randy Tippy

Super Reviewer

MUCH MUCH better than the new one!...I love Joan Crawfords dress @ the end scene

Morgan Salem

Super Reviewer

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