"The Women" at the Los Angeles Theatre | Los Angeles Conservancy
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"The Women" at the Los Angeles Theatre

The Women (1939)

Tickets are still available for today's screening. Ticket sales start 2 hours before the film.

June 18, 2022, 2 p.m.
Los Angeles Theatre, downtown L.A.
Black and white/35 mm
133 minutes

Screening host: Cari Beauchamp, Author and Film Historian 

A free Q&A session about the Los Angeles Theatre will follow the screening. Stay in your seat to learn more about the history and architecture! 

About the Film

Joan Crawford and Norma Shearer headline a star-studded, all-female cast in this fast-talking, razor-sharp comedy about high-society gossips whose insults are just as fierce as their fashion. Follow this gaggle of Manhattan housewives as they unthread the fabric of their own marriages and social lives through a series of messy mishaps.  

The film centers around Mary Haines (Shearer) who appears to have it allstatus, wealth, and a loving husband? As the saying goes, all that glitters isn’t gold, and that applies to Mary’s life too. When word gets around that Mary’s husband is being unfaithful with Crystal Allen (Crawford), a perfume counter girl, her “friends” make sure she is the first to know!  

Based on Clare Boothe Luce's play of the same name, The Women boldly explores female friendships, gender, and women's desire for agency over their own lives, including through divorce. “See them with their hair down, and their [jungle red] claws out!” as MGM advertised, in this barrier-breaking comedy.

Cari Beauchamp, Author and Film Historian 
Cari Beauchamp is the author of Without Lying Down: Frances Marion and The Powerful Women of Early Hollywood, Anita Loos Rediscovered and four other books of film history. She is a Vanity Fair contributor and has written for a variety of magazines and newspapers. She appeared in over a dozen documentaries as well as writing and producing her own with her work being nominated for an Emmy and a Writers Guild Award. She is the only person to twice be named an Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Scholar.

The films in this series are presented as originally created during a different time period and may contain negative attitudes, language, and depictions of people and/or cultures. The Los Angeles Conservancy does not condone these representations. 

Featured Location(s)

Photo courtesy of Berger/Conser Photography

Los Angeles Theatre

The most lavish and last built of Broadway’s great movie palaces, the 1931 Los Angeles was designed by legendary theatre architect S. Charles Lee.