The Women

The Women

Director: George Cukor
Country: USA

1939 | 133 min. | English
Subtitles: German

Cast_ Norma Shearer, Joan Crawford, Rosalind Russell, Mary Boland, Paulette Goddard, Joan Fontaine Screenplay_ Anita Loos, Jane Murfin Camera_ Oliver T. Marsh, Joseph Ruttenberg Producer_ Hunt Stromberg Rights_ Warner Bros. Pictures Germany

Gossip and scandal in New York: a biting social satire with an all-female cast, and a milestone of Hollywood cinema.

While receiving a manicure, Sylvia Fawler learns that the husband of her friend Mary Haines is having an affair with a perfume saleswoman. She immediately spreads the news, then sends the unsuspecting Mary to the same manicurist. Afterwards, the devastated Mary wants a divorce.

George Cukor’s comedy is a fast-paced ensemble film that, by starring Joan Crawford and others, features some of the biggest Hollywood stars of the time. Designed by the legendary Adrian, the costumes play a central role. The film culminates in a fashion show that, unlike the rest of the film, was shot in vivid Technicolor.


George Cukor (1899-1982), one of the most successful classic Hollywood directors, was most famous for his comedies. His best-known films include ›Holiday‹ (1938), ›The Women‹ (1939), ›The Philadelphia Story‹ (1940), ›A Star is Born‹ (1954), and ›My Fair Lady‹ (1964).


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