When Ladies Meet

When Ladies Meet

Director: S.K. Lauren, Robert Z. Leonard, Anita Loos

Cast: Joan Crawford

     
 

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Strange Skirts is the TV title of the 1941 MGM film When Ladies Meet. The film was a remake of a 1933 production of the same name, which starred Ann Harding, Myrna Loy and Spring Byington; their roles were taken over in the remake by Greer Garson, Joan Crawford and Spring Byington. Both films are based on a Rachel Crothers play about a lady novelist who

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Strange Skirts is the TV title of the 1941 MGM film When Ladies Meet. The film was a remake of a 1933 production of the same name, which starred Ann Harding, Myrna Loy and Spring Byington; their roles were taken over in the remake by Greer Garson, Joan Crawford and Spring Byington. Both films are based on a Rachel Crothers play about a lady novelist who falls in love with a married publisher. The novelist (Crawford) meets the publisher's wife (Garson) at the home of a chatterbox society matron (Byington). The fact that the 1941 version was forced to undergo the censor's scissors to a greater extent than the 1933 film was compensated by the later version's lusher production values, which earned an Academy Award nomination for MGM art director Cedric Gibbons and Randall Duell. Under both its original title When Ladies Meet and its TV-dictated cognomen Strange Skirts, this dated but enjoyable film has become a "standard" on the various cable TV services of Ted Turner.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
When Ladies Meet is an entertaining yet somewhat disappointing "women's picture" from MGM during its peak period. A remake of a 1933 film based on a popular play, this version of Ladies is perhaps dampened a bit by the demands of the Production Code (although it does manage to sidestep the Code in a few areas). The screenplay, which wrestles with some potentially interesting ideas, seems to shy away from following those ideas all the way through. Perhaps a bigger problem, however, is the casting of that fine actor Herbert Marshall in a role that requires more sexual charisma than he is able to provide. This has nothing to do with his looks, but with his persona; it's simply hard to buy that both Joan Crawford and Greer Garson would be willing to wrap their lives so entirely around this particular man. Still, Ladies does give these two star ladies a chance to strut their stuff, and they don't disappoint. Garson's part is the more sympathetic and she pulls it off with her usual grace and skill. Crawford's performance, however, may be the more surprising; it's typical Crawford, yet she finds moments that allow her to bring more nuance and subtlety to the part in ways that are unexpected. Robert Taylor also turns in a solid light comic role, but the film is stolen from all of them by Spring Byington's delightfully ditzy turn. Throw in some snappy bits of dialogue, adept direction and luscious art direction, and the end result is an engaging way to pass the time.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/23/2009
UPC:
0883316125366
Original Release:
1941
Rating:
NR
Source:
Warner Archives
Presentation:
[B&W, Full Frame]
Time:
1:45:00
Sales rank:
15,527

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Joan Crawford Mary Howard
Robert Taylor Jimmy Lee
Greer Garson Claire Woodruff
Herbert Marshall Rogers Woodruff
Spring Byington Bridget Drake
Rafael Storm Walter Del Canto
Mona Barrie Mabel Guiness
Barbara Bedford Anna the Maid
Mary Forbes Mother at Party
Leslie Francis Homer Hopper
Olaf Hytten Mathews the Butler
John Marlowe Violinist
Harold Minjir Clerk
Florence Shirley Janet Hopper
Max Willenz Pierre

Technical Credits
S.K. Lauren Director,Screenwriter
Robert Z. Leonard Director,Producer
Anita Loos Director,Screenwriter
Adrian Costumes/Costume Designer
Randall Duell Production Designer
Orville O. Dull Producer
Cedric Gibbons Art Director
Bronislau Kaper Score Composer
Robert J. Kern Editor
Robert Planck Cinematographer
Edwin B. Willis Set Decoration/Design

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