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Monday, February 19, 2007

The Women (1939)

A wonderful look at the life of society women. Mary Haines (Norma Shearer) is a seemingly happily married woman. However, her friend Sylvia (Rosalind Russell) learns that Mary's husband Stephen is having an affair. It seems that when he was out buying Mary a gift he met and began a relationship with the perfume salesgirl Crystal Allen (Joan Crawford). When Mary learns of Stephen's affair she decides to go to Reno and get a quick divorce. She is joined by her friend Peggy (Joan Fontaine) who also wants a divorce. On their way they meet Flora (Mary Boland) who is a countess. She has had several husbands and she soon falls in love with and marries a ranch hand. While in Reno they also meet Miriam (Paulette Goddard) who is having an affair with Sylvia's husband. When Sylvia arrives all heck breaks loose and she has a falling out with Mary. Sometime later Crystal and Stephen are marries. However, her interest soon wanes and she begins an affair. When Mary learns this she decides to fight to get the man she still loves back.

I loved this movie. Norma Shearer had a classic elegance in this film. Joan Crawford was the classic bitch that we all loved. The interesting thing is that there are no male characters in this film. Even though we hear all about husbands and lovers we never see them. There is a remake of this film in the works. The rumored cast includes Anne Hathaway, Candace Bergen, Lisa Kudrow and Meg Ryan. However, nothing can top this must see classic.



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