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Norma Shearer Norma Shearer
Mrs. Stephen Haines - Mary
Joan Crawford Joan Crawford
Crystal Allen
Rosalind Russell Rosalind Russell
Mrs. Howard Fowler - Sylvia
Mary Boland Mary Boland
The Countess De Lave - Flora
Paulette Goddard Paulette Goddard
Miriam Aarons
Joan Fontaine Joan Fontaine
Mrs. John Day - Peggy
Lucile Watson Lucile Watson
Mrs. Morehead
Phyllis Povah Phyllis Povah
Mrs. Phelps Potter - Edith


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Anita Loos Anita Loos
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The Women is surely one of the greatest celebrations in cinema of femininity and the female form; even the animals featured in the film are all female in this unabashed display of women being women. Unless you’re easily offended by a movie in which the majority of its female cast are vicious gossips then stay away; stereotypes are greatly exaggerated as part of the film’s humour. As Sylvia Fow... read more
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Description: The Women follows the lives of Manhattan women, focusing in particular on Mary Haines (Norma Shearer), the cheerful, contented wife of Stephen and mother of Little Mary (Virginia Weidler). After a bit of gossip flies around the salon these wealthy women visit, Mary's cousin Sylvia Fowler (Rosalind Russell) learns from a manicurist that Mary's husband has been having an affair with a predatory perfume counter girl named Crystal Allen (Joan Crawford). A notorious gossip, Sylvia delights in sharing the news with Mary's friends; she sets up Mary with an appointment with the same manicurist so that she hears the rumor about Stephen's ... (more)
Release date: 1 September 1939
UPC: 012569520523
Tags: Gossip (4), Divorce (3), Comedy (3), Fashion Show (2), Countess (2), Servant (2), Maid (2), Betrayal (2), Dog (2), Cook (2), Marriage (2), Perfume (2), 1939 (2), 1930s (2), Manhattan (1), High Society (1), All-women Cast (1), Beauty Shop (1), Lucile Watson (1), Joan Fontaine (1)
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