Harriet Craig

Harriet Craig

Director: Vincent Sherman, Joan Crawford, Wendell Corey, Lucile Watson

Cast: Vincent Sherman, Joan Crawford, Wendell Corey, Lucile Watson

     
 

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Harriet Craig is the third film version of George Kelly's Pulitzer Prize-winning play Craig's Wife. Joan Crawford stars as the title character, a thoroughly selfish woman who prizes her house and her possessions above all else. Harriet Craig is even willing to spoil the business opportunities of her husband Walter (Wendell Corey) to avoid losing her

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Harriet Craig is the third film version of George Kelly's Pulitzer Prize-winning play Craig's Wife. Joan Crawford stars as the title character, a thoroughly selfish woman who prizes her house and her possessions above all else. Harriet Craig is even willing to spoil the business opportunities of her husband Walter (Wendell Corey) to avoid losing her precious home. When her self-involvement causes turbulence in the romantic life of her cousin (K.T. Stevens), and when her husband's eyes are finally opened to his wife's true nature, Harriet Craig is at long last hoist on her own petard.

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All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
The cult of Joan Crawford will relish Harriet Craig, which features one of the star's most enduring and indelible performances. Indeed, in some ways Harriet Craig serves as a blueprint for Mommie Dearest, the scandalous biopic that presented Crawford as a real-life monster. Crawford is in high gear here, giving a performance which is certainly not great acting but is just about the last word in great entertainment. Imperious, bitchy, selfish, manipulative and demanding, Crawford's Harriet is a caricature and by all means should wear out its welcome early on. Instead, one watches total engagement, caught up in the sheer power that the actress brings to the role. And, in fairness to the star, the role as written is fairly one-dimensional anyway; there's only a cursory nod here and there to adding depth to her. This does cause a problem with the film, of course, for the character is so repellant that it's quite unbelievable that her husband would not have seen through her earlier or would have stayed with her for so many years. As a result, despite Crawford's Herculean efforts, this lack of credibility causes the film to sag and dampens its effectiveness. In addition, the story has been restructured to focus on Harriet to such a degree that the rest of the characters are given short shrift. Under the circumstances, the other actors do the best they can, but only Lucille Watson and Viola Roache manage to make much of an impression. While far from a great film, Harriet is worth watching for old fashioned star wattage of a very high order.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/06/2013
UPC:
0043396428294
Original Release:
1950
Source:
Sony Pictures Home
Presentation:
[B&W]
Time:
1:34:00
Sales rank:
13,750

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Performance Credits
Joan Crawford Harriet Craig
Wendell Corey Walter Craig
Lucile Watson Celia Fenwick
Allyn Joslyn Billy Birkmire
William Bishop Wes Miller
K.T. Stevens Claire
Raymond Greenleaf Henry Fenwick
Ellen Corby Lottie
Fiona O'Shiel Mrs. Frazier
Patric Mitchell Danny Frazier
Virginia Brissac Harriet's Mother
Douglas Wood Mr. Norwood
Kathryn Card Mrs. Norwood
Mira McKinney Mrs. Winston
William Leslie Actor
Al Murphy Bartender
Susanne Rosser Nurse

Technical Credits
Vincent Sherman Director
William Dozier Producer
George Duning Score Composer
Anne Froelick Screenwriter
James Gunn Screenwriter
Walter Holscher Art Director
Viola Lawrence Editor
Sheila O'Brien Costumes/Costume Designer
Morris W. Stoloff Musical Direction/Supervision
Joseph Walker Cinematographer

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