The Women (2008)

The stock market plunged 500 points today … hurricanes are lining themselves up in the Atlantic… and– like a vulture–  Sarah Palin has been horribly unleashed on our hurting, bleeding country. I don’t know about you, but I definitely need an escape…

“Well…it’s come! They’re havin’ a showdown!”  So says Jane the Maid (Muriel Hutchison)  in MGM’s 1939 blockbuster, The Women, after overhearing Mary Haines (Norma Shearer) telling her husband Stephen (that louse) that she wants a divorce because his cheating has become public knowledge within New York’s smart set: “She can’t even walk down the street without bein’ pointed at on account of her pictcha bein’ in all the papers!”  Jane says to Maggie the Cook.  It’s a fun movie, a stellar showcase of MGM female stars, based on a biting and vicious little play written by Clare Boothe Luce in 1936. It was remade as a “musical” in the 1950s called The Opposite Sex, starring June Allyson, and this week it debuted in Diane English’s incarnation starring Meg Ryan as the suffering Mary Haines. We went to see it last night; here’s a link to my Guest review on a friend’s website. ( Judy Lobo is a WordPress neighbor– an artist, political activist, animal lover, and film lover. )

Judy Lobo

From left to right:

Joan Crawford as Crystal Allen; Norma Shearer as Mary Haines;

and Rosalind Russell as Sylvia Fowler