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Myrna Loy gets sucker punched by Ann Harding and it is a doozie! Loy, lured by the charms of an older, married man, deludes herself into believing the "modern woman" can speak to the wife and they can resolve the triangle amicably. My Grandmother used to say: "If he did to her, he'll do it to you!" and that's as true today as it was in 1933. How I wish TCM would devote a day to Ann Harding, as she was the most superb actress in Hollywood until Bette Davis came along. Harding tired of playing the long-suffering wife roles and retired from film but she has left a grand legacy. This isn't a great film but it does have some great dialogue and just the right amount of comic relief needed to move the story along. Watch the film for Ann Harding, if nothing else!
Much better than 1941 version
This film seemed familiar but it took awhile for me to make the connection because Myrna Loy and, especially, Ann Harding were so much better cast than Crawford and Garson. I wish I could be more original, but I have to repeat what others have said about the natural quality of Ms Harding's acting. She was completely believable as a woman other women would love. I have not seen nearly enough of her films. TCM needs to go to the vault and pull out some more of her work.
Best of the two versions!!!!!
Ann Harding MAKES this movie! Along with her equally believable supporting cast mates, Myrna Loy, Robert Montgomery & the always daffy Alice Brady - this version SHINES above the droll 1941 remake. The scenes with Claire (Harding) & Mary (Loy) talking about Mary's characters in her latest book, are so real - it's almost as though the actresses are ad libbing rather than reading from a script! That was always Harding's greatest asset - her ability to just become the character and express the lines so effortlessly without "acting". Long before "method acting" became the "thing" - Ann had it down perfect!! And the beautiful thing is - she infected her acting partners as well. The scene where Montgomery & she are golfing...badly...they play off one another so naturally! When she confronts her husband (Frank Morgan), her pain is so clear - Not because he has cheated AGAIN...but because she got to know Mary & liked her & was hoping that maybe they could be friends....Her pain is from that loss of losing that friendship with another intellect, independent woman...not of losing Rogers...he hasn't been her husband or friend for years. I have to also add that I just LOVE the interior sets!!! That little cottage (converted cow barn) is to DIE for - So charming! It just reeks of 1920-30's county cottages! (remember Norma Shearer's cottage in "The Women", or Susan's (Kate Hepburn) Aunt Elizabeth's house in "Bringing Up Baby"...and so many more? The list goes on!)This 1933 ORIGINAL version MUST be made available!!!! New generations need to see & be inspired by strong women like Harding, Loy &, yes, Brady (hey the ol' girl is independently wealthy - doesn't want to marry, but "keeps" a stud around who is, at least, 10 years younger. MAN! Is she ever before her time!!!!) I'll be the first in line when this is FINALLY released!!!!!!!
1933 version is by far the best
The cast of the 1933 version is as close to perfect as it gets. Myrna Loy is perfect as the romantic idealistic author and Ann Harding, as usual, was perfect as the long-suffering wife. The rest of the cast is very good, except for Morgan as the publisher. He's a bit wooden and not the man who is supposed to be devastatingly charming and charismatic. Please, please release this on DVD and toss the 1941 one in the nearest round file. Joan Crawford as a young idealistic girl? Please!
This should be in my video collection!
I caught just part of this version on TCM and have seen the 40's version with Joan Crawford. I loved the 40's version and will soon have it in my dvd collection. But I want both in my colletction! Side by side!! I do hope it is released soon, it would be a shame to download it for "free" and have to go the criminal route.Please oh! Please! Release it on dvd!Annie
Lot to Enjoy
Hey, I like both versions of this film. Not into parsing them either. The assembled talent, story, parts, clothes, set. This is the kind of movie I like to watch multiple times. First, watch the movie through. Then, maybe follow separate characters through. There's a lot going on. Then, watch the clothes. Then, check out the house, furniture, etc. There was so much style put into these. All of these elements are what made these 30's and 40's films so special. This film has a lot to enjoy.
This is good beyond description though Morgan's acting is rather wooden and does not in any way come up to the standards of Montgomery, Loy and Harding. I'm desperate to get this on DVD - hope someone, somewhere produces it very soon.
Much better version than the later one starring Crawford and Garson. For some reason, TCM always shows the inferior one.
when ladies meet (1933 version)
- Star Knuckles
This is truly a remarkable film in that society hasn't changed when it comes to men and women relationships! The conversation between harding and loy was right on point!
The conversation between Harding and Loy about men is excellent.
1933 When Ladies Meet
- Jan K
Please put this version on DVD! A fascinating, fun film on social mores - still as important today as back in the 30's. The dynamic with Bob Montgomery as the lead and then Myrna Loy, Ann Harding et all is the best combination. Didn't really know of Ann Harding before this film but she is quietly impressive. (Also, not a fan of the Joan Crawford version. Too 'flat.')
play it again sam
i would love to see this again because i missed the end. i think that joan crawford made this movie too in the forties. might be interesting to see the other one the next night to compare.
whan ladies meet (1933)
I am a big Ann Harding fan and this I think is one of her best. I would love to see it in the TCM schedule again and also on DVD.This is definately a classic.
- R. Austin Healy
This is a light, entertaining movie. Though I find the plot somewhat ahead of its time. Funny in the respect that many of today's TV soaps and such use similar plots on a daily basis. R. Austin HealyAuthorCasino Saratoga