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The Women

133 min
Comedy | Drama
IMDB rate:
George Cukor
1 win
Country: USA
Release Date: 1939-09-01
Filming Locations: Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanic Garden - 301 N. Baldwin Avenue, Arcadia, California, USA
Budget: $1,688,000
Gross: $2,270,000 (USA) Production Dates 25 April 1939 - 7 July 1939 Copyright Holder Copyright MCMXXXIX in U.S.A. by Loew's, Incorporated (on print)
Norma Shearer
Mrs. Stephen Haines - Mary
Joan Crawford
Crystal Allen
Rosalind Russell
Mrs. Howard Fowler - Sylvia
Mary Boland
The Countess De Lave - Flora
Paulette Goddard
Miriam Aarons
Phyllis Povah
Mrs. Phelps Potter - Edith
Joan Fontaine
Mrs. John Day - Peggy
Virginia Weidler
Little Mary
Lucile Watson
Mrs. Morehead
Marjorie Main
Virginia Grey
Ruth Hussey
Miss Watts
Muriel Hutchison
Hedda Hopper
Dolly Dupuyster
Florence Nash
Nancy Blake
Cora Witherspoon
Mrs. Van Adams
Ann Morriss
Exercise Instructress
Dennie Moore
Mary Cecil
Mary Beth Hughes
Miss Trimmerback
Margaret Dumont
Mrs. Wagstaff (scenes deleted)
Dorothy Adams
Miss Atkinson (uncredited)
Ruth Alder
Woman Under Sunlamp (uncredited)
Mariska Aldrich
Singing Teacher (uncredited)
Meeka Aldrich
Masseuse (uncredited)
Barbara Jo Allen
Receptionist (uncredited)
Judith Allen
Corset Model (uncredited)
Maude Allen
Cyclist (uncredited)
Effie Anderson
Nurse (uncredited)
Mary Anderson
Young Girl (uncredited)
Dorothy Appleby
Treatment Girl (uncredited)
Bunny Beatty
Debutante in Powder Room (uncredited)
May Beatty
Fat Woman / Society Woman (uncredited)
Wilda Bennett
Mrs. Carter (uncredited)
Joan Blair
Miss Atkins (uncredited)
Gladys Blake
Miss St. Claire (uncredited)
Marie Blake
Stockroom Girl (uncredited)
Betty Blythe
Mrs. South (uncredited)
May Boley
Mud Mask (uncredited)
Lilian Bond
Mrs. Erskine (uncredited)
Frederika Brown
Head Saleswoman (uncredited)
Veda Buckland
Woman (uncredited)
Aileen Carlyle
Miss Hicks (uncredited)
Shirley Chambers
Girl in a Bath (uncredited)
Lita Chevret
Woman Under Sunlamp (uncredited)
Dora Clement
Woman Under Sunlamp (uncredited)
Mabel Colcord
Woman Getting Massage (uncredited)
Beatrice Cole
Negligee Model (uncredited)
Mildred Coles
Debutante (uncredited)
Nell Craig
Nurse (uncredited)
Esther Dale
Ingrid (uncredited)
Mary Dees
Girl (uncredited)
Eva Dennison
Old Girl (uncredited)
Estelle Etterre
Hairdresser #2 (uncredited)
Dot Farley
Large Woman (uncredited)
Nance Lee Ferrar
Edith Potter's Daughter (uncredited)
Flora Finch
Woman Window Tapper (uncredited)
Ruth Findlay
Pedicurist (uncredited)
Agnes Fraser
Debutante (uncredited)
June Gittelson
Mrs. Goldstein (uncredited)
Grace Goodall
Head Saleswoman (uncredited)
Rita Gould
Dietician (uncredited)
Grayce Hampton
Dowager in Powder Room (uncredited)
Sibyl Harris
Fashion Show Commentator (uncredited)
Theresa Harris
Olive (uncredited)
Winifred Harris
Mrs. North / Society Woman (uncredited)
Grace Hayle
Cyclist (uncredited)
Brenda Henderson
Mrs. Jones' Daughter (uncredited)
Jany Hope
Edith Potter's Daughter (uncredited)
Joey Hope
Edith Potter's Daughter (uncredited)
Virginia Howell
Receptionist (uncredited)
Carol Hughes
Salesgirl at Modiste Salon (uncredited)
Jane Isbell
Edith Potter's Daughter (uncredited)
Suzanne Kaaren
Princess Mara (uncredited)
Alice Keating
Saleswoman (uncredited)
Carole Lee Kilbry
Theatrical Child (uncredited)
Carole Lee Kirby
Theatrical Child (uncredited)
Lucia LaCerte
Treatment Girl (uncredited)
Lenita Lane
Mrs. Spencer's Friend (uncredited)
Priscilla Lawson
Hairdresser #1 (uncredited)
Leni Lynn
Edith's Oldest Daughter (uncredited)
Leila McIntyre
Woman with Bundles (uncredited)
Janet McLeay
Girl in Shadowgraph / Glamour Girl (uncredited)
Butterfly McQueen
Lulu - Costmetics Counter Maid (uncredited)
Greta Meyer
Masseuse (uncredited)
Helene Millard
Cosmetic Saleswoman (uncredited)
Sue Moore
Masseuse (uncredited)
Natalie Moorhead
Woman at Modiste Salon (uncredited)
Gertrude Needham
Woman (uncredited)
Hattie Noel
Maid on Train (uncredited)
Florence O'Brien
Euphie (uncredited)
Mimi Olivera
Manicurist (uncredited)
Blanche Payson
Masseuse (uncredited)
Edith Penn
Nurse (uncredited)
Barbara Pepper
Tough Girl (uncredited)
Virginia Pine
Glamour Girl (uncredited)
Hilda Plowright
Miss Fordyce (uncredited)
Aileen Pringle
Miss Carter - Saleslady (uncredited)
Catherine Proctor
Woman in Cabinet (uncredited)
Isabel Randolph
Woman in Cabinet (uncredited)
Renie Riano
Ugly Saleswoman (uncredited)
Ruth Rickaby
Nurse (uncredited)
Jo Ann Sayers
Debutante (uncredited)
Dorothy Sebastian
Saleswoman Pat (uncredited)
Peggy Shannon
Mrs. Jones (uncredited)
Mildred Shay
Helen - Crystal's French Maid (uncredited)
Clarice Sherry
Girl (uncredited)
Florence Shirley
Miss Archer (uncredited)
Irene Shirley
Nurse (uncredited)
Gertrude Simpson
Stage Mother (uncredited)
Amzie Strickland
Glamour Girl (uncredited)
Ann Teeman
Makeup Artist (uncredited)
Fighting Dog at Beauty Shop (uncredited)
Charlotte Treadway
Companion Woman (uncredited)
Beryl Wallace
Woman in Cabinet (uncredited)
Josephine Whittell
Mrs. Spencer (uncredited)
Marjorie Wood
Sadie - Old Maid in Powder Room (uncredited)
Charlotte Wynters
Miss Batchelor (uncredited)
Mary Young
Grandma (uncredited)
Did you know?
The beauty salon and spa featured in the film's opening sequence was based on cosmetics mogul Elizabeth Arden's parlor in New York City. At the premiere of the film, Arden scoffed that the film's salon was an exact copy of hers.
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Butterfly McQueen's film debut.
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In the play, Stephen and Mary also have a son, Little Stevie, who is younger than Little Mary and who is never seen.
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At the end of the fashion show, the hands of the model in the red gown and fur stole noticeably change position between the long shot and the close-up.
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While Miriam Aarons is in the process of convincing the Countess De Lave to romantically pursue cowboy Buck Winston (specifically urging the Countess to put him into radio), the Countess in response comments once refers to him as Buck Newport, the only instance she (or anyone) does so in the film. All use the correct "Buck Winston" in every other reference.
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In her bathing scene, Joan Crawford's character is supposed to mispronounce "cooperate." She doesn't, so the little girl's reaction therefore makes no sense.
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Crystal Allen: [Answering phone] Hello? Oh hello Stephen...
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Sylvia Fowler: I'd die before I hurt Edith.
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Crystal Allen: [on the telephone] Oh no, Steven, I couldn't think of your dissarranging your evening. I'll have another birthday next year.
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A Note Regarding Spoilers
The following FAQ entries may contain spoilers. Only the biggest ones (if any) will be covered with spoiler tags. Spoiler tags have been used sparingly in order to make the page more readable.
What are pancakes Barbara?
From what book was Mary reading when she was sitting in bed?
That was a passage from "On Love," a chapter in The Prophet (1923) by the Lebanese philosopher Kahlil Gibran [1883-1931]. The entire passage goes like this: But if you would seek only love's pleasure, Then it is better for you to cover your nakedness and pass out of love's threshing floor, Into the outside world where you shall laugh, but not all of your laughter, and weep, but not all of your tears. Love gives naught but itself and takes naught but from itself. Love possesses not nor would it be possessed; For love is sufficient unto love. For the movie, however, the term "nakedness" was edited out and "love's threshing floor" was changed to "love's domain."
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Photos from cast
Gertrude Astor