When Hollywood made films for women, known by studio executives and the people who made them as ‘woman’s pictures’, viewers could reliably find a female point of view in the cinema. Films made for women covered a wide range of topics from sex, employment, social mobility, female rivalry, and above all, the importance of friendship with other women as a ballast for life in a man’s world.
Sass Mouth Dames presents 30 superior films from 1929-1939 as a reminder that women in the movies did not always play second fiddle to the leading man. Women were once the star attraction, billed above the man with brilliantined hair. Women such as Joan Crawford, Barbara Stanwyck, Joan Blondell and Irene Dunne drew women and men to the cinema see their latest challenge or adventure. Sass Mouth Dames celebrates extraordinary films that maintain their relevance for contemporary audiences.
Films discussed include well known classics such as Gold Diggers of 1933, Baby Face, Stage Door, The Women and Love Affair as well as lesser-known gems such as Ladies of Leisure, Merrily We Go to Hell, Private Worlds, Heat Lightning and Havana Widows. Sass Mouth Dames highlights exceptional performances, storytelling, and design.