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The Women

Released 1939
Distributor MGM

A lot of laundering had to be done to Clare Boothe Luce’s 1936 all-female play to satisfy the Hollywood production code, but the result was considered an improvement. This all-star MGM catfight is one of the gems of that fabled movie year 1939. A 1956 musical remake, The Opposite Sex, added men to the cast, but the updated 2008 remake took them back out again.

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About Allan Arkush

A record collector and film buff from birth, Allan Arkush brought his two loves together in directing the cult classic Rock ‘n’ Roll High School. Back in the day Allan was directing and executive producing television series like Heroes, and Crossing Jordan.  He has also directed episodes of Ally McBeal, Moonlighting, St. Elsewhere, Fame, A Series of Unfortunate Events and TV Movies like Elvis Meets Nixon and Shake Rattle & Rock as well as the mini-series, The Temptations, for which he won an Emmy. He used to have a lost film, Get Crazy, but Kino/Lorber found it in time for Christmas 2021. His day job is teaching Film production & history at the AFI.