The Women (Snap case)
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The script is wickedly, mercilessly funny, fast paced, razor sharp and filled with such memorable invective that you'll be quoting it for weeks and months afterward: "He says he'd like to do Sylvia's nails right down to the wrist with a buzz-saw;" "Why that old gasoline truck, she's sixty if she's a minute;" "Gimme a bromide--and put some gin in it!" And the all-female cast, which includes every one from Cora Witherspoon to Butterfly McQueen to Hedda Hopper, plays it with tremendous spark.
This was the last significant starring role for Norma Shearer, one of MGM's greatest stars of the 1930s, and she aquits herself very well as the much-wronged Mary Haines. But the real winners are the members of the supporting cast. Joan Crawford is truly astonishing as Crystal Allen, the shop girl who leads Mary's husband astray, and Rosalind Russell gives an outrageously funny performance as the back-biting gossip whose nasty comments precipitate Mary's divorce. Indeed, it is hard to do anything except rave about the entire the cast, which includes such diverse performers as Marjorie Main, Paulette Goddard, Joan Fontaine, and Lucille Watson.Read more ›
The film details the marital travails of Mary Haines, played by screen great, Norma Shearer. Mary has a coterie of bitchy, gossipy, back biting friends, and included in that group is her cousin Sylvia, played with madcap zaniness by Rosalind Russell. Mary is happily married to wealthy Stephen Haines, or so she thinks. Apparently, her perfect husband is stepping out on her with perfume salesgirl, Crystal Allen, played with bad girl abandon by Joan Crawford, and it seems that all New York knows it.
Mary's so called friends ensure that Mary finds herself in a position to discover her husband's betrayal. Mary's mother, Mrs. Moorehead, played with characteristic stateliness and grace by Lucille Watson, counsels her daughter to handle the matter the old fashioned way, promising that the affair will soon burn itself out. She advises her daughter not to betray her feelings about the affair, not to mention it to her husband, not to discuss it among her friends, and to turn a blind eye to the whole matter.Read more ›
The amazing thing about "The Women" is that, if one doesn't pay attention to the trailer, it's possible to watch it and never realize that there are no men at all in the picture! As the trailer says, 135 women and no men. But of course it's all about men!
This is the basic story of Mary, played by Norma Shearer, who discovers her husband is seeing another women. It follows her through her divorce and reunion with her husband. Naturally it's not that cut-and-dried. Her bitchy, back-biting friends go through many of the same travails on a cross-country route to a happy ending. Sounds boring written here, but the movie definitely isn't. Every time Ms. Shearer threatens to get too sugary, a few choice cracks by one of the other characters brings things back into line.
I really can't remember another movie I've seen with Norma Shearer, so this movie defines her work for me. She is a very unusual-looking woman, hard to define as pretty, yet definitely with screen presence. Of course, being Mrs. Thalberg didn't hurt her ability to get this part, and she plays it beautifully.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Catty and campy! It has all the elements of great writing and acting. The cast is brilliant and it does have a very scued point of how women allowed men to treat them back in the... Read morePublished 4 days ago by William Parrish
I first heard of this movie in college as an example of why the industry developed a rating system. Considering when made, barely squeezing past the Hayes committee, this is a... Read morePublished 5 days ago by Kristin Simmons
Shonda Rhimes writing teams brake neck dialogue pace has NOTHING The WOMEN. Energetic, witty, hilarious, and simple fun movie to watch alone or with friends. Read morePublished 7 days ago by Amazon Customer
Super fun classic movie. Norma Shearer emotes all over the place as the sweet wife wronged by Joan Crawfords nasty, shopgirl-on-the-make husband-stealer. Read morePublished 17 days ago by Kathy Webber
An older lady friend recommended this, it's one of her favorites. I liked it, we'll worth the watch. Read morePublished 18 days ago by Peter Pan
Amazing cast, rapid-fire dialog, face palm sexism, inexplicable technicolor fashion show interlude, and hats Hats HATS! An absolute classic.Published 19 days ago by Scipio Indianus
any one who loves classic hollywood will love this original. must see to make the new verision make sense.Published 19 days ago by old time gal
A classic movie not to be missed, with sterling performances by the all headliner female cast. Just be ready to laugh and laugh and laugh!Published 20 days ago by Ana-Louise Richmond
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