- The Women (Movies)
"So is the girl talk over? I'm trying to watch The Women."
The 1939 witty, sharply written comedy is surely no mere serendipitous choice for Wallace's film studies homework. The movie, with an all-female cast, focused on the backbiting and petty betrayals of Manhattan's socialite community as one of their number was threatened by a focused, bitchy interloper who would let nothing stand in the way of achieving her ambitions. The premise and execution were brilliant at the start, but sadly conventions of the time and commercial concerns led to the sharpness being dulled and a contrived, fairy-tale ending of romantic fantasy. Yuck. The role of Crystal Allen as the interloper was one that brought Joan Crawford considerable acclaim and at least she was allowed to remain true to her character throughout.
- 3.17 "Debasement Tapes"