THE WOMEN
2017, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) , 133 min, USA, Dir: George Cukor

George Cukor (A STAR IS BORN, MY FAIR LADY) directs Norma Shearer, Joan Crawford, Paulette Goddard and Joan Fontaine in a cast of 135 woman (with nothing on their minds, but men) wearing costumes designed by Adrian! Catch your breath yet? There is a six minute Technicolor fashion sequence too! Forget the plot which is essentially ‘who’s stepping out on who’ and focus on the fact that this movie takes things out of the boudoir and onto the screen in a picture that lets you see these women “with their hair down and their claws out,” and we quote. “I’ve had two years to grow my claws Mother… JUNGLE RED!” The Great Gatsby author F. Scott Fitzgerald worked on the script at some point, but is uncredited. Three female writers, Clare Boothe Luce, Anita Loos & Jane Muffin got the screenplay done!


MY SISTER EILEEN
1942, Sony Repertory, 96 min, USA, Dir: Alexander Hall

Remade as a musical comedy in 1955, the original screen adaptation of the Broadway hit stars Oscar nominee Rosalind Russell and Janet Blair as sisters who move to Manhattan to further their respective careers in journalism and theater. Renting a cheap Greenwich Village apartment brings the pair into contact with eccentric neighbors, helpful magazine editor Brian Aherne and, in a cameo appearance, The Three Stooges.


GYPSY
1962, Warner Bros., 149 min, Dir: Mervyn Le Roy

Natalie Wood lights up the screen as stripper Gypsy Rose Lee in this splendid Jule Styne/Stephen Sondheim/Arthur Laurents musical. The show-stopping Rosalind Russell stars as Wood’s domineering stage mother, with Karl Malden as Russell’s long-suffering boyfriend.


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