Women (1939) (Region 1 DVD)

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Product Details

Barcode
888574642235
Department
Movies & TV
Released
13 Mar 2018
Type
Movies
Format
DVD
Genre
Comedy
Studio
Warner Archives
Age Restriction
NR
Supply Source
USA

Movie

Title
Women
Tagline
It's all about men!
Release Year
1939
Running Time
133 min
Color
B&W
Categories
Comedies / Betrayal / Essential Cinema / Vintage / Dramas
Language
English
Country
United States of America
Budget
$1.7 million
Revenue
$2.3 million
Ratings
IMDb
7.7
Rotten Tomatoes®
94%
The Movie DB
71%
Overview
A happily married woman lets her catty friends talk her into divorce when her husband strays.
Synopsis
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.
Notes
George Cukor directed THE WOMEN after being dismissed from the helm of GONE WITH THE WIND.

There were 135 women in the cast and not a single man.

Cukor finally accepted studio calls to have a fashion show interlude in the film; the fashion show is in color.

Cukor made three films with Joan Crawford.

Joan Crawford and Norma Shearer had a long rivalry at MGM.

Clare Boothe, writer of THE WOMEN, went on to marry the founder of Time magazine.

THE WOMEN was remade as THE OPPOSITE SEX in 1956 starring June Allyson and Joan Collins.
Release Notes
DVD Features:
  • Region [unknown]
  • Note: 2 Vintage Documentaries: From the Ends of the Earth and Hollywood Style Center of the World
  • Alternate Black-and-White Fashion-Show Sequence with Different Footage
  • Scoring Session Music Cues
  • Theatrical Trailers of The Women (1939) and Musical Remake: The Opposite Sex
  • Full Frame - 1.37
Audio:
  • English, French
  • Subtitles - English, French, Spanish
Poster
Poster for Women
Videos
Trailer
Official Trailer
Featurette
Allan Arkush on THE WOMEN
Cast & Crew
Director
George Cukor
Star
Joan Crawford / Joan Fontaine / Paulette Goddard / Carol Hughes / Muriel Hutchison / Phyllis Povah / Rosalind Russell / Norma Shearer / Lucile Watson / Virginia Weidler / Mary Boland
Co-Star
Marjorie Main / Amzie Strickland
Screenwriter
F. Scott Fitzgerald / Anita Loos / Jane Murfin / Donald Ogden Stewart
Composer
David Snell / Edward Ward
Producer
Hunt Stromberg
Director of Photography
Oliver T. Marsh / Joseph Ruttenberg
Editor
Robert Kern / Robert J. Kern
Production Designer
Cedric Gibbons / Wade B. Rubottom
Costume Designer
Adrian
Story
Clare Boothe Luce
Cinematographer
Oliver T. Marsh
Writer
Jane Murfin
Movie Critics
Uncut
"[A] goldmine of razor-sharp insults and catty put-downs....THE WOMEN is unscrupulous, wicked and acid."
Chris Roberts (1 Dec 2004, p.181)
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