The Women (1939)


Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB

USA, 1939Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Screenplay by , , based on the play by .  Cinematography by , .  Produced by .  Music by , .  Production Design by Cedric Gibbons.  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .  

What happens when you take the men away and just watch a bunch of women gabbing it up? They talk about men, of course! Not a single male of the species appears in this George Cukor comedy, but during their absence every member of the female cast manages to find trouble with one of them.  plays a high-society wife who is devastated when she learns that her husband is leaving her for a perfume salesgirl (), with whom he has been carrying an affair for a very long time.   is hysterical as the good friend who appears just in time to deliver the best cut-ups to both parties. This one-liner-laden adaptation of the famous Claire Booth Luce play also features a great cross-country adventure involving Shearer’s trip to Reno to get her divorce, where she meets a colourful collection of divorcees worth writing home about, plus a fashion show filmed in full Technicolour.

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