the women (1939 script)

That was my whole English senior thesis!!!! I only wish I could lay my hands on the version of the play which premiered in …

When interviewed by TCM host Robert Osborne, director George Cukor stated that he did not like the sequence and that he wanted to remove it from the film. Filmed in black and white, it includes a 6-minute fashion parade filmed in Technicolor, featuring Adrian's most outré designs; often cut in modern screenings, it has been restored by Turner Classic Movies. Find out more about Carroll's latest book here. It also analyzes reviews to verify trustworthiness.

Reviewed in the United States on August 8, 2014.

startxref He described one technique for dealing with precedence: He made sure that all three stars were called to set simultaneously, either by sending separate staff to knock on their dressing room doors at the identical moment, or by calling "Ready ladies!" Basically, in the remake you’ll see the main characters walk outside, and every single extra is a woman.

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Oh god the remake.

Mary decides to divorce her husband despite his efforts to make her stay. (I incorrectly listed this as the next episode last week. The attention to detail was such that even in props such as portraits, only female figures are represented, and several animals which appeared as pets were also female.

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The writer woman is also a pretty solid character, though we don’t see much of her. It's a delight to have it in print. As it was in the end of The Divorcee, Mary is resolved to fight for Stephen (conveniently, once Crystal’s out-of-the-way) with the implication being we’ll get a happily ever after.

On the opposite end of the spectrum you have Mary Haines: scorned wife.

Mary tells the Countess that her husband Buck has been having an affair with Crystal, then informs Crystal that everyone knows what she has been doing. In fact, the entire second half has Crystal and Sylvia coming together to create a backstabbing power duo; however, Sylvia is forgiven at story’s end by Mary and I guess Crystal is left to starve. Marjorie Main and Phyllis Povah also appear, reprising their stage roles from the play. This script was a treat to read and to compare with the 1939 movie version of "The Women". Would you like to get a facelift in a jar?

When she discovers that Miriam is the next Mrs. Fowler, she attacks her, and a catfight ensues.
I've had a particular fondness for "The Women" ever since performing in production of the play on which it's based. I only wish I could lay my hands on the version of the play which premiered in 1936. When Stephen reveals that on the day their divorce is final, he’s married Crystal he should have been cussed out to high heaven! A freelance film critic whose work fuels the Rotten Tomatoes meter.

It has fabulous female characters from all walks of life in the 1930s, and is especially fun to read aloud. The gossip continues, exacerbated by Sylvia and their friend Edith, who turns the affair into a public scandal by recounting Sylvia's version of the story to a gossip columnist. Like the female version, this would have involved an all masculine cast and the plot would have involved a man (Jeffrey Hunter) who recently discovers among his friends that his wife is having an affair with another man (Earl Holliman) and after going to Reno to file for divorce and begin a new life, he later finds himself doing what he can to rectify matters later on when he discovers that the other man is only interested in money and position and he decides to win his true love back again. Crawford’s great at being evil, there’s no doubt about that, and she’s verbally on par with Rosalind Russell. Well I figured class definitely plays a part. Web. Apparently, it is the revised version from the 1973 revival, with references to things such as James Bond and the Beatles. This script was a treat to read and to compare with the 1939 movie version of "The Women". Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Her wise mother urges patience and takes Mary to Bermuda with her, so she can take time to think.

[13], Actress Anna Kendrick considers the film to be her favorite film to watch, calling it “a wildly funny all female cast and a female writer.

Thanks for the comment, Pat.

262 0 obj <>stream I think what kept me from loving The Women is how these women establish and keep their so-called “friendships.”  A film like Stage Door, which I reviewed awhile back, proves that a film with an all-female cast can create a community of women; where women aren’t competitors despite being in a competitive field. She’s written as a cold-hearted gold digger. This script was a treat to read and to compare with the 1939 movie version of "The Women".

Mary's divorce comes through, but Miriam tries to convince her that she should forget her pride and call Stephen. Olga, the manicurist, reveals that Mary's husband has been “stepping out”  with a predatory perfume counter girl named Crystal Allen.

The New York Times critic Frank Nugent praised the film with characteristic wit: “...(G)oing and coming to syrupy movies, we lose our sense of balance...Miss Boothe...has dipped her pen in venom.. Metro, without alkalizing it too much, has fed it to a company of actresses who normally are so sweet that butter (as the man says) would not melt in their mouths.

I kept asking, who’s meaner: Sylvia or Crystal?

Loos’ script is biting (and that’s an understatement) from the opening frames where the women talk about each other, and comment on their appearance in a day spa. It’s easy to see Sylvia’s jealousy of Mary.

The first member of the July 5 is Joan Crawford, so let’s kick things off with a look at one of her best remembered films.
The script is hilarious, packed with memorably bitchy lines and patter, as all these women trade barely concealed barbs, openly insulting one another while maintaining at least an appearance of decorum and manners. Visit our Patreon page.

On DVD, the original black-and-white fashion show, which is a different take, is available for the first time. Go. Also, I was surprised to finally see a Paulette Goddard movie! "Robert Donat Named as 'Ruined City' Star", "The Screen: Four Films in Review; Featured in New Pictures Here", "The Women review – Manhattan's magnificent social whirl", "Jack Benny: The Jell-O Program Starring Jack Benny---1939", Gentlemen Prefer Blondes: The Intimate Diary of A Professional Lady, Intolerance: Love's Struggle Throughout the Ages,, United States National Film Registry films, Wikipedia articles with WorldCat-LCCN identifiers, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, This page was last edited on 28 October 2020, at 11:06.

Norma Shearer is good at playing the put-upon wife, although Mary is a sufficiently weaker character than Shearer’s similar role in The Divorcee.

...The most heartening part of it all, though, aside from the pleasure we derive from hearing witty lines crackle on the screen, is the way Norma Shearer, Joan Crawford, Rosalind Russell, Paulette Goddard and the others have leaped at the chance to be vixens. Surveys Emotional Movie From the Best This Year, The Adventures of Tintin: Red Rackham's Treasure (1945), The Oldest Established Really Important Film Club, Films I Love #12: Equinox Flower (Yasujiro Ozu, 1958), Films I Love #11: I Fidanzati (Ermanno Olmi, 1962), At Bagatellen: Thomas Lehn & Marcus Schmickler. Sylvia eagerly shares the news with Mary's friends and sets Mary up with Olga.

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