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The Women, 1939

Sunday, July 21, 2024
1939 Rated: NR Run Time: 133 mins Comedy, Drama Based on the Clare Boothe Luce play of the same name, this MGM comedy is famous for its all-female cast and deft direction by George Cukor. The plot centers on a group of gossipy high-society women who spend their days at the beauty salon and haunting fashion shows. The sweet, happily wedded Mary Haines (Norma Shearer) finds her marriage in trouble when shopgirl Crystal Allen (Joan Crawford) gets her hooks into Mary’s man. Naturally, this situation becomes the hot talk amongst Mary’s catty friends, especially the scandalmonger Sylvia Fowler (Rosalind Russell), who has little room to talk―she finds herself on a train to Reno and headed for divorce right after Mary. But with a bit of guts and daring, Mary snatches her man right back from Crystal’s clutches. Snappy, witty dialogue, much of it courtesy of veteran screenwriter Anita Loos, helps send this film’s humor over the top. (allmovie.com: Janiss Garza) Please note movie discounts or passes are not allowed for this film.  

The Women – The Screen Salutes the Stage!

Join us as we celebrate The Women in all its variations! From the screen enjoy The Women (2008 film), The Opposite Sex (1956 film) and The Women (1939 film) capped off by the 1937 stage play The Women that started it all! Each screening brings a special feature to bring together your screen and stage experience. Immediately prior to the screenings on July 29 and 30 cast members from the play will present a scene that will later be portrayed in the film, giving film goers the opportunity to see how a 1937 theatrical scene was translated into a 2008 and 1956 film vision of the same scene. On August 3, noted film experts from WUNC’s “The State of Things,” Marsha Gordon and Laura Boyes, will be on hand following the screening of the 1939 film to have a conversation about the film, the story’s journey from stage to screen, how remakes may help us appreciate the original film even more and reflect on how women’s screen portrayals have evolved over the past 80 years. Will call tickets may be picked up at The Cary Box Office beginning one hour prior to the movie.   Poster_1_TWAugust 4 marks the opening night of the play, directed by Lyman Collins and Nancy Rich at the Cary Arts Center. Bring your various visions of these vivid characters to the theatre and meet them on stage. Performances continue August 5 and 6. Special ticket packages are available to allow you to see all three films plus the play.  Call the Box Office at (919) 462-2055. INFORMATION ON THE STAGE VERSION OF THE WOMEN