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The Women

Screening on Film
Directed by George Cukor.
With Norma Shearer, Joan Crawford, Rosalind Russell.
US, 1939, 35mm, color and b&w, 131 min.
Print source: HFA

W is for Women’s Pictures

Unique for its women-only cast—a gathering of some of the finest studio talent of the 1930s—George Cukor’s acid comedy about love and infidelity created a rare female view of the war between the sexes. A group of friends spirits society wife Mary Haines (Shearer) off to a dude ranch near Reno for divorce when they convince her that her husband’s affair with a shop girl (Crawford) must be avenged. Rosalind Russell delivers a wickedly comic performance as the confidante who gains sadistic pleasure from her friend’s misfortune.

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