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Classic Pick O’ the Day — November 25

The Women (1939): A happily married woman lets her catty friends talk her into divorce when her husband strays.  Dir.: George Cukor  Cast: Norma Shearer, Joan Crawford, Rosalind Russell, Paulette Goddard, Joan Fontaine, Mary Boland.  BW/133 mins.  Noon, CDT. TCM.

This is a previous CPOD, but worth repeating and rewatching.  And, for heaven’s sake, if you’ve never seen it, do yourself the favor this Sunday!

No men appear, not even in subservient capacity, but as the subject on everyone’s lips, they’re hardly missed.  Not a very likely Hymn to Sisterhood, but once you get past the bitchfest, it’s as strong an ad for female friendships as anything in the age of Lady Gaga and Lena Dunham.

Plus, Mary Boland’s Countess utters one of my favorite movie lines, evah: “Bring me a bromide!…and put some gin it it.”

1 comment to Classic Pick O’ the Day — November 25

  • Matt Helm

    This is a great movie. But I do hate Shearer’s last scene at the end where she’s melodramatically reacting to her husband who’s offscreen. Crawford’s parting shot is good too … “There is a name for you, ladies, but it isn’t used in high society… outside of a kennel.”

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