The Glass Menagerie

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Overview

Previously filmed in 1950, Tennessee Williams' 1944 Broadway hit The Glass Menagerie was remade for television in 1973. Katharine Hepburn is top-billed as Amanda Wingfield, a faded southern belle who lives on her memories in a Depression-era St. Louis tenement. Sam Waterston narrates the story as Amanda's idealistic son Tom, who'd give anything to escape his mother's fantasy world. Tom's withdrawn, clubfooted sister Laura, who maintains the glass menagerie of the title, is portrayed by Joanna Miles, while Michael...
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Overview

Previously filmed in 1950, Tennessee Williams' 1944 Broadway hit The Glass Menagerie was remade for television in 1973. Katharine Hepburn is top-billed as Amanda Wingfield, a faded southern belle who lives on her memories in a Depression-era St. Louis tenement. Sam Waterston narrates the story as Amanda's idealistic son Tom, who'd give anything to escape his mother's fantasy world. Tom's withdrawn, clubfooted sister Laura, who maintains the glass menagerie of the title, is portrayed by Joanna Miles, while Michael Moriarity plays the Gentleman Caller, whose presence disrupts the fragile existence of the Wingfield family unit. The Glass Menagerie represented Katharine Hepburn's TV movie debut, the first of many well-publicized, highly-lauded small screen appearances for the veteran actress. Eschewing many of her familiar mannerisms, Ms. Hepburn offers a triumphant tour de force as Amanda. When originally telecast on December 16, 1973, The Glass Menagerie contained only one commercial interruption, thanks to the largess of sponsor IBM.
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Special Features

Performer theatre and film credits; Previews for more Broadway Theatre Archive titles; Image gallery
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/11/2003
  • UPC: 014381147520
  • Original Release: 1973
  • Rating:

  • Source: Image Entertainment
  • Region Code: 1
  • Aspect Ratio: Pre-1954 Standard (1.33.1)
  • Sound: Dolby Digital Mono
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:45:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 84,180

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Katharine Hepburn Amanda Wingfield
Joanna Miles Laura Wingfield
Michael Moriarty Jim O'Connor
Sam Waterston Tom Wingfield
Technical Credits
Anthony Harvey Director
John Barry Score Composer
John Bloom Editor
Terence Marsh Production Designer
Billy Williams Cinematographer
Patricia Zipprodt Costumes/Costume Designer
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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Main Title; Dinner With Mother [8:10]
2. Rubicam's Business College [10:16]
3. Feathering the Nest [6:29]
4. The Magic Scarf [4:24]
5. Rise and Shine [12:04]
6. Wishing on the Moon [11:44]
7. A Gentleman Caller [17:12]
8. Illumination [7:25]
9. High School Memories [10:10]
10. Cuttin' a Rug [11:24]
11. Broken Dreams [4:48]
12. End Credits [:59]
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Menu

Side #1 --
   Feature Start
   Scene Selections
   Image Gallery
   Broadway Theatre Archive Previews
      Working
      Fifth of July
      King Lear
      Beyond the Horizon
      Antigone
      Alice in Wonderland
      Ah, Wilderness!
      Mourning Becomes Electra
      The Royal Family
      Hamlet
      The Iceman Cometh
      The Seagull
      The Time of Your Life
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Best Film Version Available

    I have taught ''The Glass Menagerie'' in university literature classes for 10 years using an old taped-from-TV copy of this version of the play. I am delighted to be able to replace that worn-out video (with its bad tracking and poorly edited commercials) with this new DVD. To my knowledge, the Hepburn version has not been available for purchase before now. Of the film versions available, I prefer this one as the most faithful, in every way, to the original Williams work. Every high school and university literature and drama department should have this DVD. This performance of Williams' classic drama is an indispensable teaching aid.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 19, 2014

    I don't know if it's possible to do better than the gentleman ca

    I don't know if it's possible to do better than the gentleman caller scene in this production. Michael Moriarty is quintessential. And Katherine Hepburn shows just how masterful an actor she was. I love this production, the entire cast, and how the film is like bringing a stage production into your home (or classroom, as the case may be).

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The Douglas-Wyman Version Much Better...

    Although, this version is good, I still prefer the 1950 version by J. Wyman and K. Douglas, which is much more real than this one. Wyman and Douglas had the necessary chemestry for the parts and the cinematography was a lot better. I have tried to find the 1950 version, but it has been discontinued.

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    Posted January 8, 2011

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