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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.


Studio Warner
SKU 40712876
UPC 012569675407
UPC 14 00012569675407
Format DVD
Release Date 6/14/2005
Rating NR
Essential Cinema
Editors Note
Note Set 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.
Plot Summary
Summary A 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....!
Memorable Quotes
Quote "There's a word for you ladies, but it is seldom used in high society, outside of a kennel."--Joan Crawford (Crystal Allen)
Uncut "[A] goldmine of razor-sharp insults and catty put-downs....THE WOMEN is unscrupulous, wicked and acid." 12/01/2004 p.181
George Cukor
Norma Shearer
Rosalind Russell
Joan Crawford
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
Hedda Hopper - Actor
Hunt Stromberg - Producer
Joan Crawford - Actor
Joan Fontaine - Actor
Joseph Ruttenberg - Director of Photography
Marjorie Main - Actor
Norma Shearer - Actor
Oliver T. Marsh - Director of Photography
Paulette Goddard - Actor
Rosalind Russell - Actor
Ruth Hussey - Actor
Virginia Grey - Actor
Technical Info
Original Release Date 1939
Catalog ID 67540
UPC 00012569675407
Number of Discs 1
Color B&W
Original Language English
Available Audio Tracks English
Aspect Ratio
Standard  1.33:1 [4:3]
ReviewSource The Motion Picture Guide
Review A nasty movie that is also a delightful one... filled with witty lines, viscious gossip and a chance
ReviewRating 10
ReviewSource Leonard Maltin's Movie & Video Guide
Review All-star (and all-female) cast shines in this hilarious adaptation of Clare Boothe play about divorc
Reviewer Leonard Maltin
ReviewRating 10
Product Attributes
Actor Crawford,Joan
Label Warner Home Video
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD
Edinburgh University Film Society The ultimate women's movie of the 1930s and a treat from start to finish...
Halliwell's Film Guide Bitchy comedy drama...plenty of laughs...
VideoHound's Golden Movie Retriever A brilliant adaptation of the Clare Boothe Luce stage comedy... Hilarious bitchiness all around.

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