When Ladies Meet

  • 1941
  • Movie
  • NR
  • Comedy

An entertaining piece of drawing-room fluff that had already been made once in 1933 starring Frank Morgan, Myrna Loy, Robert Montgomery, and Ann Harding in the roles played here by Herbert Marshall, Joan Crawford, Robert Taylor, and Greer Garson. Byington, who was in the 1932 stage play by Crothers, is also in this remake. Crawford is a novelist who has...read more

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An entertaining piece of drawing-room fluff that had already been made once in 1933 starring Frank Morgan, Myrna Loy, Robert Montgomery, and Ann Harding in the roles played here by Herbert Marshall, Joan Crawford, Robert Taylor, and Greer Garson. Byington, who was in the 1932 stage play

by Crothers, is also in this remake. Crawford is a novelist who has enjoyed great success with her work. She is also a forerunner of the women's liberation movement, with some modern concepts about what love and marriage entail. Marshall is Crawford's publisher--and her amour--and the fact that he

is already married to Garson doesn't appear to enter into Crawford's thinking. Taylor loves Crawford and chases after her in an attempt to show that he is more suitable as the object of her affections than Marshall but, so far, he is having difficulty making his point. Crawford doesn't mind

Taylor, and he is good for a smile every so often, but her mind is concentrated on her love for Marshall and her work. Crawford is a pragmatist and thinks hard about all of the ramifications of being the "other woman," and now decides that there is only one course of action to be taken: she must

steal Marshall away from the unmet Garson, marry him, and be done with her second-class status. Taylor believes that Crawford would be making a mistake and that she is the victim of a mistress' rationalizations so he arranges a meeting between her and Garson at the country home of addlepated

Byington, a friend. Crawford and Garson have never met and don't know a thing about each other or the relationship each has with Marshall. Once they meet at Byington's, they stay overnight and spend time with each other and are soon friends. When Crawford sees the kind of woman Garson is, she is

impressed. In a long talk between the two, Garson reveals that Marshall is a long-time cheater and that Garson has known about it for years and has turned away and overlooked it. Crawford understands that she could never put up with Marshall if he didn't change his ways and she knows he's not

about to do that for any single woman. Crawford decides that the affair is over and that Taylor, who has been waiting in the wings, is really the man for her. Good direction, sharp script, and the interesting backstage sidelight of Crawford's being top-billed while Garson was an up-and-coming

actress soon to take over Crawford's mantle as leading actress at MGM. The rivalry between the two adds a certain sharpness to their witty exchanges, and Taylor shows that he has a way with comedy and is not merely a slick leading man with no depth. The film earned an Oscar nomination for Best

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