The Girl in the Red Velvet Swing

Overview

This 1955 period piece recreates the notorious events surrounding the murder of architect Stanford White by Harry K. Thaw. This famous homicide, later immortalized in E.L. Doctorow's novel Ragtime, transpired on the Winter Garden roof in full view of countless theater patrons. Joan Collins stars as Evelyn Nesbit Thaw, a single showgirl who grows enamored with the married White Ray Milland. He takes her to his posh Manhattan loft and enjoys a dalliance with her that includes pushing her on the red velvet swing of ...
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Overview

This 1955 period piece recreates the notorious events surrounding the murder of architect Stanford White by Harry K. Thaw. This famous homicide, later immortalized in E.L. Doctorow's novel Ragtime, transpired on the Winter Garden roof in full view of countless theater patrons. Joan Collins stars as Evelyn Nesbit Thaw, a single showgirl who grows enamored with the married White Ray Milland. He takes her to his posh Manhattan loft and enjoys a dalliance with her that includes pushing her on the red velvet swing of the title. Later, Evelyn gets courted by Harry Thaw Farley Granger, who - after whisking her off to Europe and wheedling her into marriage - suddenly turns out to be a complete nutcase, driven around the bend by violent jealousy and rage. He grows incensed at the memory of her affair with White, and decides to to take drastic action by shooting the architect; in the wake of the murder, Thaw builds a fantastic legal defense that permanently alters his fate. Few of the facts in this tawdry soaper are true to history, because, as Bosley Crowther famously pointed out in his Times review, Evelyn Nesbit Thaw was still alive at the time of this production and the filmmakers probably feared a libel suit.
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Special Features

Commentary by author and film historian Aubrey Solomon; Isolated score track; From Ingénue to Icon featurette; Magazine cover gallery; Animated photo gallery; Restoration comparison; Original theatrical trailer; Interactive pressbook; Advertising gallery; Vintage press release
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/10/2007
  • UPC: 024543446309
  • Original Release: 1955
  • Rating:

  • Source: Fox Searchlight
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Restored / Subtitled / Pan & Scan
  • Time: 1:49:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 67,304

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Ray Milland Stanford White
Joan Collins Evelyn Nesbit Thaw
Farley Granger Harry K. Thaw
Luther Adler Delphin Delmas
Glenda Farrell Mrs. Nesbit
Frances Fuller Mrs. White
Phillip Reed Robert Collier
Gale Robbins Gwen Arden
James Lorimer McCaleb
John Hoyt William Travers Jerome
Harvey Stephens Dr. Hollingshead
Emile G. Meyer Greenbacher
Richard Travis Charles Dana Gibson
Harry Seymour Arthur
Ainslie Pryor Sport Donnally
Kay Hammond Nellie
Betty Caulfield Alice
Jack Raine Mr. Finley
Helen Van Tuyl Mrs. Jennings
Paul Glass Assistant Stage Manager
Paul Power Van Ness
Fred Essler Leopold Boerner
Ivan Triesault Maitre D'
Raymond Bailey Judge Fitzgerald
Charles Tannen Court Clerk
Edmund Cobb Judy Foreman
James Conaty Rev. McEwen
Marjorie Hellen Flora Dora Girl
Diane Du Bois Flora Dora Girl
Suzanne Alexander Flora Dora Girl
Oliver Cross Head Steward
Steven Darrell
Edith Evanson Josie
William Forrest Simpson
Major Sam Harris Old Man at Show
Stuart Holmes Old Man at Restaurant
Carolee Kelly Margaret
Henry Kulky Warden
Leslie Parrish
Robert Simon Stage Manager
Cornelia Otis Skinner Mrs. Thaw
Max Wagner
Technical Credits
Richard Fleischer Director
Charles Brackett Producer, Screenwriter
Leigh Harline Score Composer
Milton Krasner Cinematographer
Charles LeMaire Costumes/Costume Designer
William Mace Editor
Lionel Newman Musical Direction/Supervision
Edward B. Powell Score Composer
Maurice Ransford Art Director
Walter Reisch Screenwriter
David Robel Choreography
Lyle Wheeler Art Director
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- The Girl in the Red Velvet Swing
1. Main Titles [1:34]
2. Farewell Dinner [5:34]
3. Gibson Girl [3:13]
4. First Sight [1:56]
5. Miss Springtime [:20]
6. Midsummer Night's Fream [1:02]
7. Falling [1:41]
8. Dutch Uncle [5:03]
9. Touching the Moon [5:54]
10. Obsessed [:04]
11. At Her Feet [6:00]
12. Two Types of Men [3:34]
13. The Seminary [1:21]
14. Depths of Despair [1:31]
15. Cablegram [1:38]
16. Still Rivals [:59]
17. Dental Appointment [5:10]
18. Married Life [:26]
19. Madison Square Garden [:49]
20. Harry's Favorite Story [:13]
21. The Trial Begins [:50]
22. Sick and Twisted [5:03]
23. Mobbed [:14]
24. A New Swing [2:24]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- The Girl in the Red Velvet Swing
   Play
   Language Selection
      Language and Audio
         English 5.1 Dolby Surround
         Spanish Mono
         Isolated Score Track
      Subtitles
         English
         Spanish
         French
         None
   Scene Selection
   Special Features
      Commentary by Author & Film Historian Aubrey Solomon
      Isolated Score Track: On/Off
      From Ingénue to Icon
      Magazine Cover Gallery
      Animated Photo Gallery
      Restoration Comparison
      Theatrical Trailer
      Interactive Pressbook
      Advertising Gallery
      Vintage Press Release
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