I finally saw this film that is known as a classic in circles of those who know and love their film. It was so sharp and witty and some of the greats were in it: Norma Shearer, Joan Fontaine (one of my personal favorites), Rosalind Russell and Joan Crawford to name a few. Each of these ladies gets to play off their real-life personas-- Crawford plays the bitchy "other woman", Shearer plays the injured but proud wife and Fontaine plays the sweet but naive young friend. Crawford and Shearer supposedly had an off-screen rivalry that played into the plot line perfectly. I have to wonder if that was PR made up by the studio to get folks interested in the film, or if it was really true.
|Joan Crawford, Norma Shearer & Rosalind Russel|
It is a must-see especially for vintage lovers-- there is a fashion show scene that is especially breathtaking-- my husband had to wipe the drool off my chin after this amazing sequence.
There's a couple of scenes in a women's spa/ gymnasium. It was interesting to see what ladies wore while working out in the 1930s. We've come a long way in that department (down, that is!).
Aptly titled, The Women, as you won't see one man through the length of the film!
On of my favorite characters was a the plucky cowgirl named Miriam, played by Paulette Goddard. She had a small part, but she kind of steals every scene she's in with her charm. She's such a doll!