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When Ladies Meet

Theatrical release poster
Directed by Robert Z. Leonard
Produced by Orville O. Dull
Robert Z. Leonard
Written by Play:
Rachel Crothers
S.K. Lauren
Anita Loos
Starring Joan Crawford
Robert Taylor
Greer Garson
Herbert Marshall
Distributed by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Release date(s) August 29, 1941
Running time 105 minutes
Country United States
Language English

When Ladies Meet (1941) is a Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer feature film starring Joan Crawford, Robert Taylor, Greer Garson, and Herbert Marshall, and Spring Byington in a story about a novelist in love with her publisher. The screenplay by S.K. Lauren and Anita Loos was based upon a 1932 play by Rachel Crothers. The film was directed by Robert Z. Leonard and produced by Orville O. Dull and Robert Z. Leonard.



Mary Howard (Crawford) is a novelist with advanced ideas about love and marriage, and is in love with her publisher, Rogers Woodruff (Marshall). She decides the only logical thing to do is to lure him away from his wife and marry him. Mary's fun-loving, patient friend, Jimmy Lee (Taylor) is convinced he's the right man for her and pursues her. He sees through her rationalizations and wrong-thinking and decides to throw Mary and Woodruff's wife Claire (Garson) together at the house of a friend (Byington). The two women do not know each other but in their chats Mary appreciates and respects Claire's maturity and wisdom. When she learns Woodruff is a philandering womanizer of long standing, she realizes she cannot love him and welcomes the attentions of Jimmy.


Howard Barnes in the New York Herald Tribune wrote, "Even when [Crawford] is wearing spectacles, she is not particularly convincing in the part."[1]

Awards and nominations

The film earned an Academy Award nomination for art directors Cedric Gibbons, Randall Duell and Edwin B. Willis.[2]

DVD release

When Ladies Meet was released on Region 1 DVD on March 23, 2009 from the online Warner Bros. Archive Collection.

See also


  1. ^ Quirk, Lawrence J.. The Films of Joan Crawford. The Citadel Press, 1968.
  2. ^ "NY Times: When Ladies Meet". NY Times. Retrieved 2008-12-14.  

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