Directed by George Cukor • 1939 • United States
Starring Norma Shearer, Joan Crawford, Rosalind Russell
The memorable bon mots and caustic one-liners fly fast and furious in this delightfully acidic tale of gossiping, backstabbing, and romantic rivalry amongst a coterie of high-society women. Featuring a star-studded cast composed entirely of women—including Norma Shearer, Joan Crawford, Rosalind Russell, Joan Fontaine, and Paulette Goddard—this Production Code–skirting classic traces the scandal that erupts when a wealthy Manhattan housewife (Shearer) discovers her husband is having an affair with a shopgirl (Crawford). Though shot in black and white, the film bursts into Technicolor for an extended fashion-show sequence that luxuriates in the eye-popping designs of 1930s couture.