In Which The Women Come and Go

Gentle Reader, I was made aware of a large gap in my education this Friday. I had never seen the 1939 MGM classic The Women. Like MGM’s other big hit that year, it features a transition between black and white and color, and stars some of the biggest female stars of the time period – Norma Shearer, Joan Crawford, Rosalind Russell,  Paulette Goddard, Joan Fontaine – on and on and on! So my dear friend Miss Goss and I decided to liveblog the experience on Twitter.

Figure 1First, I naturally had to dress for the occasion. Luckily, I had just acquired my grandmother’s ruffly peignoir.


And away we went!

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It was at this point, during the opening credits, that I opened the first bottle of wine.

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All of this was from the first half hour or so. We haven’t even gotten into the meat of the matter, really, not yet.

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Oh, right. The fashion show scene is in color! All the glamorous outfits and awful hats! And I didn’t even NOTICE until right before we went back to black and white. Whoops. Sorry, artists who worked very hard for Technicolor all those years ago!

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So, after the divorce – possibly to get the divorce? – our protagonist and her daughter move to Reno, Nevada, which is apparently entirely populated by divorcées. They also meet my favorite character, the Countess.

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The Countess is basically me – always whining dramatically about “L’amour! L’amour – toujours l’amour!” and jumping at any chance to have a drink. But she’s a Countess, so it’s charming. She’s terrific.

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And I hope you enjoyed this recap! I highly recommend this film to anyone with a pulse – there was just really too much wonderful stuff, such witty quips and one-liners – I couldn’t capture them all. Drop what you’re doing, and go watch it now!

About Ty DeLyte

Madame DeLyte has suffered a grave disappointment - YET AGAIN - and still believes that freedom, beauty, and truth are what's valuable, rather than vulgar cash. He'd add love to that list - but, well, what can he say about love?
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10 Responses to In Which The Women Come and Go

  1. selkielady says:


  2. mousegoddess says:

    Is our retreat we shall purchase when we win the lottery hush hush? XD hashtag still hasn’t bought a lottery ticket

  3. deenietot says:

    Pretty sure I have to watch this now. “Now”, as in.. someday.. because I have wayy too many things on my “to watch” list as it is. I was cracking up way too hard at your commentary.

  4. But how did it end??? No don’t tell me……

  5. linnetmoss says:

    Can’t stop laughing. My favorite line is definitely “I’m having him DINE at MY place.”

    • XD I’m so glad you’re enjoying! I really adore discovering old treasures, you know – and then, when they’re beyond anything I ever imagined, watching other people discovering them. This is pretty much the definition of campy fun.

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