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The Women (1939)


Written by Tim Dirks

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The Women (1939)

In director George Cukor's adaptation of Clare Boothe's legendary stage comedy with an all-female cast, and a spectacular Technicolor Fashion Show sequence:

  • the opening credits represented each of the leading lady stars as an animal before dissolving into a close-up
  • one of the highlights was the Sylvia/Peggy (Rosalind Russell-Joan Fontaine) exercise/work-out scene
  • a rough, dirty-fighting brawl (including a leg bite) was fought at a dude (divorce) ranch in Reno between Miriam Aarons (Paulette Goddard) and Sylvia (Mrs. Howard Fowler)
  • Mary Haines' (Norma Shearer) delivered a memorable "women are equal" speech
  • acidic dialogue included gold-digging shopgirl Crystal Allen's (Joan Crawford) final parting words: "...there's a name for you ladies, but it isn't used in high society, outside of a kennel"
The Technicolor Fashion Show Sequence
The Brawl at the Dude (Divorce) Ranch

Crystal's Parting Words


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