The Women (1939) Directed by George Cukor. Norma Shearer, Joan Crawford, Paulette Goddard, Rosalind Russell, Mary Boland, Joan Fontaine. (133 min.)
The Women is one of my favorites because the acting is spectacular, so are the costumes. It's a really sad story with lots of comedy. One of the women's (Norma Shearer's) husbands is in love with another woman (Joan Crawford) and her friends are trying with all their might that she will lose her husband and her house. They succeed and she gets a divorce. The cast includes Norma Shearer, Joan Crawford and Rosalind Russell. Rosalind Russell is simply hilarious. She is the big comedy relief.
One of my favorite parts is when Joan Crawford is on the phone with Norma Shearer's husband and she is making up all this stuff so he would not break their dinner plans, which includes saying it's her birthday, her sister is not well, and starts sniffling and saying it is allergy, and the other girl is not helping. Also, the fashion show where Adrian's gowns are simply beautiful. And when Rosalind Russell is having a very violent fight with Paulette Goddard, they kick, bite and pull hair in Reno over a man. My other favorite part is in the powder room when Norma Shearer gets her husband back. By far the most touching part is when Norma Shearer tells her little girl (Virginia Weidler) she is getting a divorce and she starts crying and beating her fist against the wall. I always fast forward through that part. I love this movie and I think you should watch it.
moviediva's review of The Women
(Drawing of Joan Crawford as Crystal by moviediva, jr. Photo of Virginia Weidler from an anonymous "Shirley Temple" child stars scrapbook).