The Women: "There's a name for you ladies that's not used in high society... outside of a kennel."

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1939's "The Women" boasts an all-star, all-female cast, brilliant direction by George Cukor, hilarious performances by Rosalind Russell, Joan Crawford, Paulette Goddard, Mary Boland, & Marjorie Main, fast, fast, witty dialogue, anchored by the warm central character and her sweet little family played pretty straight with a healthy dash of melodrama by Norma Shearer, Lucile Watson and the wonderful Virginia Weidler (Katherine Hepburn's hilarious little sister in "The Philadelphia story"). (Stops to catch breath)  It's really one of my favorite films of all time, catty as catty can be. Based on the acerbic play by Clare Boothe Luce and adapted for the screen by Anita Loos and Jane Murfin (plus an uncredited F. Scott Fitzgerald), what better tribute to l'amour (with a sizable sprinkling of salt).

The best lines of "The Women" These are only the tip of the iceburg. I could make another 10 of these if I wanted with no problem. This movie is great and (IMHO) 100x better than the remake. My favorite character is Miriam Aarons (Paulette Goddard). Followed closely by Sylvia Fowler (Rosalind Russell).

The Women (1939) trailer

 On the train to Reno with Paulette Goddard, Mary Boland and Norma Shearer. "L'amour, L'amour!"

On the train to Reno with Paulette Goddard, Mary Boland and Norma Shearer. "L'amour, L'amour!"

 Norma Shearer and Virginia Weidler supply the pathos, and how!

Norma Shearer and Virginia Weidler supply the pathos, and how!

 Scheming Rosalind Russell engages in a bit of malicious gossip at the beauty parlor with the manicurist played by Dennie Moore.

Scheming Rosalind Russell engages in a bit of malicious gossip at the beauty parlor with the manicurist played by Dennie Moore.

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