Goddess

The Goddess

Director: John Cromwell

Cast: John Cromwell, Kim Stanley, Lloyd Bridges, Steven Hill

     
 
Screenplay writer Paddy Chayefsky, and indeed everyone involved with the film, insisted that The Goddess wasn't really all about Marilyn Monroe. Nawww. Kim Stanley plays a neglected young woman living in poverty who aspires to be a movie star. She gets a few roles here and there on looks alone. She marries a washed-up athlete (Lloyd Bridges) who becomes

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Screenplay writer Paddy Chayefsky, and indeed everyone involved with the film, insisted that The Goddess wasn't really all about Marilyn Monroe. Nawww. Kim Stanley plays a neglected young woman living in poverty who aspires to be a movie star. She gets a few roles here and there on looks alone. She marries a washed-up athlete (Lloyd Bridges) who becomes fiercely jealous of her sex appeal. She sleeps her way to the top, then finds that her success is hollow. Regarded in many circles as the pinnacle of dramatic art in 1958, The Goddess is more likely to invoke howls of laughter from today's in-the-know audiences. The most famous bit: Patty Duke, playing Kim Stanley as a child, telling her pet cat that she got promoted in school.

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All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
Although The Goddess as a whole has not aged well, it's still worth watching for its galvanizing lead performance by Kim Stanley. One of the theater's most accomplished actresses, Stanley made woefully few movies. Watching Goddess, it's easy to see why; though attractive, she lacked the traditional beauty that movies of the period demanded (a fact which, unfortunately, works against her in The Goddess, as her character is supposed to possess looks that suggest a special "availability" to men). More crucially where Hollywood was concerned, her talent was too confrontational; it didn't charm or invite friendship. That she overcomes both of these "negatives" in The Goddess is testament to her huge ability. One realizes that she is not as pretty as she is supposed to be, is not as vulnerable as she is supposed to be -- but one simply doesn't care. Goddess is fortunate to have Stanley, for Paddy Chayefsky's screenplay verges on -- and on some occasions crosses over into -- camp. Overwritten and overwrought, the script's big scenes nowadays are likely to provoke unintentional laughter rather than a dramatic emotional response. Stanley compensates for the flaws in the script -- but it's still hard going at times.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/03/2011
UPC:
0043396380844
Original Release:
1958
Rating:
NR
Source:
Sony Pictures Home
Presentation:
[B&W]
Sales rank:
16,541

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Kim Stanley Rita Shawn
Lloyd Bridges Dutch Seymour
Steven Hill John Tower
Betty Lou Holland Mrs. Faulkner
Burt Brinckerhoff Boy
Gerald Hiken Uncle
Joan Copeland Aunt
Bert Freed Lester Brackman
Elizabeth Wilson Nurse
Joyce Van Patten Hillary
Joanne Linville Joanna
Margaret Brayton Actor
Curt Conway Writer
Mike O'Dowd Actor
Sid Raymond Actor
Linda Soma Bridesmaid
Fred Herrick Actor
Louise Beavers Cook
Patty Duke Emily Ann Faulkner/Rita Shawn
Werner Klemperer Mr. Woolsy
Gerald Petrarca Minister

Technical Credits
John Cromwell Director
Paddy Chayefsky Screenwriter
Edward S. Haworth Art Director
Robert Jiras Makeup
Leo Kerz Production Designer
Carl Lerner Editor
Richard Meyerhoff Set Decoration/Design
Tom Oliphant Set Decoration/Design
Arthur Ornitz Cinematographer
Milton Perlman Producer
Virgil Thompson Score Composer
Frank Thompson Costumes/Costume Designer

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