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|A stellar cast pulls out all the stops in this brilliant adaptation of clare boothe luce's stage comedy about a group of women who delight in trying to destroy each other's reputations.|
"Bitchy comedy drama...plenty of laughs... Halliwell's Film Guide
"A brilliant adaptation of the Clare Boothe Luce stage comedy... Hilarious bitchiness all around. VideoHound's Golden Movie Retriever
Editor's NoteSet in a 1930s Manhattan milieu of idle socialites and gossip, George Cukor's THE WOMEN is an opulent rendition of the Clare Boothe Luce play. While no men appear in the film, they are grist for the mill in the social circle of Mary Haines (Norma Shearer) and her catty clique of high-society wives. However, Mary's tidy world is turned upside down when she accidentally learns of her husband's philandering. Crystal Allen (Joan Crawford), a vicious vixen and ruthless gold digger, has set her sights on Mary's husband; Mary initially plays right into her hands, but soon, with the advice and support of comrades experienced in the art of woman-to-woman combat, Mary decides she won't give up without a fight. The tale's semiregressive premise has been criticized for this reason, yet this does not overshadow the host of exceptional performances and the range of complex relationships the film presents. As a fantasy of a women-only world of glamour, idle pleasures, and raw sexual competition, the film has enjoyed a cult following--owing, no doubt, in part to a hard-as-nails performance by Crawford that was credited with reviving her career.
Cast & Crew
|Anita Loos, et al. - Writer|
|Clare Boothe Luce - Based On Play By|
|David Snell - Musical Score|
|Edward Ward - Musical Score|
|George Cukor - Director|
|Hunt Stromberg - Producer|
|Joseph Ruttenberg - Director of Photography|
|Oliver T. Marsh - Director of Photography|
Plot SummaryA no-holds-barred comedy about the eternal battle of the sexes (both inter- and intragender) and starring Joan Crawford and Norma Shearer, THE WOMEN is based on the play by Clare Boothe Luce and is set in high-society 1930s New York. Although no men appear in the film, they are its primary subject matter--cheating men, in particular--and hell hath no fury like a group of women scorned....!
|"There's a word for you ladies, but it is seldom used in high society, outside of a kennel."----Joan Crawford (Crystal Allen)|