When Ladies Meet (1941 film)

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When Ladies Meet
When Ladies Meet 1941 poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Robert Z. Leonard
Produced by Robert Z. Leonard
Orville O. Dull
Written by S.K. Lauren
Anita Loos
Leon Gordon (playwright)
John Meehan (screenwriter)
Based on When Ladies Meet
1932 play
by Rachel Crothers
Starring Joan Crawford
Robert Taylor
Greer Garson
Herbert Marshall
Music by Bronislau Kaper
Cinematography Robert H. Planck
Edited by Robert Kern
Distributed by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Release date
  • August 29, 1941 (1941-08-29)
Running time
105 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $640,000[1]
Box office $1,846,000[1]

When Ladies Meet is a 1941 American romantic comedy film by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer starring Joan Crawford, Robert Taylor, Greer Garson, 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, who also co-produced the film (with Orville O. Dull). The film was a remake of the 1933 pre-Code film of the same name, which starred Ann Harding, Myrna Loy, Robert Montgomery, and Frank Morgan in the roles played by Garson, Crawford, Taylor and Marshall.


Mary Howard (Joan Crawford) is a novelist with advanced ideas about love and marriage, and is in love with her publisher, Rogers Woodruff (Herbert Marshall). She decides the only logical thing to do is to lure him away from his wife and marry him. Mary's friend, Jimmy (Robert Taylor), however, 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 (Greer Garson) together at the house of a friend (Spring Byington). The two women do not know each other, but during their chats Mary appreciates and respects Claire's maturity and wisdom. When Mary learns Woodruff is a philandering womanizer of long standing, she realizes she cannot love him and welcomes Jimmy's attentions.



Howard Barnes in the New York Herald Tribune wrote, "Even when [Crawford] is wearing spectacles, she is not particularly convincing in the part."[2]

Box Office[edit]

According to MGM records the film earned $1,162,000 in the US and Canada and $684,000 elsewhere resulting in a profit of $607,000.[1]

Awards and nominations[edit]

The film earned an Academy Award nomination for art directors Cedric Gibbons, Randall Duell and Edwin B. Willis.[3]

DVD release[edit]

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


  1. ^ a b c The Eddie Mannix Ledger, Los Angeles: Margaret Herrick Library, Center for Motion Picture Study .
  2. ^ Quirk, Lawrence J.. The Films of Joan Crawford. The Citadel Press, 1968.
  3. ^ "NY Times: When Ladies Meet". NY Times. Retrieved 2008-12-14. 

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