The Women is a 1939 comedy film directed by George Cukor. The film was based on Clare Boothe Luce's play of the same name One of the great successes of its day, the film starred screen goddesses Norma Shearer, Joan Crawford, Rosalind Russell, Paulette Goddard, Joan Fontaine, Lucile Watson, Mary Boland, Marjorie Main, Virginia Grey, Phyllis Povah, Florence Nash, Ruth Hussey, Virginia Weidler, Butterfly McQueen, and Hedda Hopper.
The film continued the play's all-female tradition - the entire cast of more than 130 speaking roles was female. Set in the glamorous Manhattan apartments of high society evoked by Cedric Gibbons, and in Reno where they obtain their divorces, it presents an acidic commentary on the pampered lives and power struggles of various rich, bored wives and the other women that they come into contact with. Throughout the film, not a single male is seen -- although the males are much talked about, and the central theme is the women's relationships with them.
It is Hollywood entertainment at its best: great performances by the best actresses of the day, funny, sad and sarcastic. It is one of the great classic which one can watch and enjoy today. A new remake it is be released this year showing the attraction the story still holds.