Released Date: September 1, 1939
Directed by: George Cukor
Actors: Norma Shearer, Joan Crawford, Rosalind Russell, Mary Boland, Paulette Goddard, Phyllis Povah, Joan Fontaine, Virginia Weidler, Lucile Watson, Marjorie Main, Virginia Grey, and Ruth Hussey
The tagline for this film absolutely fits: The Female Of The Species.... When The Men Aren't Watching! This movie is ALL women. Not a single man at all. And the funny fact is, is that there are 130 roles in this movie, and again, all women. You may not know because who can tell, but the animals in this picture are all females as well. And the art work in the background... All women, not a man represented in the paintings. This movie is truely a woman's film!
Mary (Norma Shearer) and Stephen Haines are happily married with a daughter, Little Mary (Virginia Weidler). Well from Mary's point of view, because the men are not seen at all in this movie. One day, Mary's cousin Sylvia Fowler (Rosalind Russell) is having her nails done by Olga, who happens to know that Stephen is having an affair. With a perfume counter woman named Crystal Allen (Joan Crawford). Due to this piece of information, Sylvia gets her cousin to go visit this manicurist to hear the awful news. After Mary hears the news she is heartbroken. But does she win her husband back? Does she even want to? This movie has been remade by the same title. You may have seen the newer version. I never see the remake, only the original. Except for The Man Who Knew Too Much because it was remade by the same director, Alfred Hitchcock. But other than that, I don't see remakes. But I can assure you, this is most likely the one to watch. Because known facts, the newer version did awful. And this movie did well when it first came out.