MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Up 37,525 this week

The Silver Cord (1933)

 |  Drama, Romance  |  5 May 1933 (USA)
6.8
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 6.8/10 from 175 users  
Reviews: 13 user | 2 critic

A domineering matriarch is less than happy when her son brings home his new bride. She immediately sets to work at sabotaging their marriage as well as the engagement of her younger and ... See full summary »

Director:

Writers:

(screenplay), (from the play by)
0Check in
0Share...

IMDb Picks: August

Visit our IMDb Picks section to see our recommendations of movies and TV shows coming out in August.

Visit the IMDb Picks section

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 18 titles
created 23 Mar 2011
 
a list of 56 titles
created 24 Sep 2011
 
list image
a list of 532 titles
created 14 Mar 2012
 
list image
a list of 9997 titles
created 26 Nov 2013
 
a list of 429 titles
created 25 Mar 2014
 

Related Items

Search for "The Silver Cord" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: The Silver Cord (1933)

The Silver Cord (1933) on IMDb 6.8/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of The Silver Cord.
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Tornado (TV Movie 2006)
Action | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5/10 X  

This is a film with an interesting premise of a man called Jan who has obviously been in a difficult situation in his recent past in the USA. This past stems from his past as a storm chaser... See full summary »

Director: Andreas Linke
Stars: Matthias Koeberlin, Mina Tander, Sascha Göpel
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

Dorothy Hunter is an heiress of untold wealth. She believes no one will love her for herself and not for her money, so she pretends to be her secretary Sylvia while Sylvia pretends to be ... See full summary »

Director: William A. Seiter
Stars: Miriam Hopkins, Joel McCrea, Fay Wray
Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Paul Exben is a success story - partner in one of Paris's most exclusive law firms, big salary, big house, glamorous wife and two sons straight out of a Gap catalog. But when he finds out ... See full summary »

Director: Eric Lartigau
Stars: Romain Duris, Marina Foïs, Niels Arestrup
Like Father Like Son (TV Movie 2005)
Crime | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Life for Dee Stanton is improving at every turn. Her legal career is blossoming and her boyfriend Dominic unexpectedly proposes to her. Things were very different 11 years ago when her ... See full summary »

Director: Nicholas Laughland
Stars: Somerset Prew, Georgia Moffett, Francesca Fowler
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

A young man finds himself attracted to a cold and unfeeling waitress who may ultimately destroy them both.

Director: John Cromwell
Stars: Bette Davis, Leslie Howard, Frances Dee
Certificate: Passed Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

A woman (Harding) tricks a playboy (Powell) into marrying her and then tries to make him legitimately fall in love with her.

Director: John Cromwell
Stars: Ann Harding, William Powell, Lucile Browne
Ann Vickers (1933)
Certificate: Passed Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

A prison reformer and a controversial judge fall in love and have a child out of wedlock.

Director: John Cromwell
Stars: Irene Dunne, Walter Huston, Conrad Nagel
Bed of Roses (1933)
Certificate: Passed Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

Lorry and Minnie are ex-hookers who leave prison, determined to find the good life with rich men. Along the way Lorry meets and falls in love with cotton barge owner Dan. She must choose ... See full summary »

Director: Gregory La Cava
Stars: Constance Bennett, Joel McCrea, John Halliday
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

Gold-diggers Kay Francis and Lilyan Tashman meet susceptible lonely businessmen at conventions in this ribald preproduction code story. The millionaires lavish the girls with expensive ... See full summary »

Director: George Cukor
Stars: Kay Francis, Joel McCrea, Lilyan Tashman
Over/Under (TV Movie 2013)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  

Paul Keller (Steven Pasquale - "Rescue Me") is a hedge fund manager with a gambling problem who is fired after a bad deal costs his firm millions. Shut out of the job market, he and his ... See full summary »

Director: Bronwen Hughes
Stars: Steven Pasquale, Caroline Dhavernas, Anthony Carrigan
Village Tale (1935)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.2/10 X  
Director: John Cromwell
Stars: Randolph Scott, Kay Johnson, Arthur Hohl
Certificate: Passed Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

Ernie Holley runs away on his wedding night because he thinks he has killed a wedding guest. His father Newt and bride Pearl find him in New Orleans and persuade him to come home.

Director: John Cromwell
Stars: Barbara Stanwyck, Joel McCrea, Walter Brennan
Edit

Cast

Complete credited cast:
...
...
Laura Hope Crews ...
...
Frances Dee ...
Edit

Storyline

A domineering matriarch is less than happy when her son brings home his new bride. She immediately sets to work at sabotaging their marriage as well as the engagement of her younger and weaker son. Written by Daniel Bubbeo <dbubbeo@cmp.com>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

newlywed | mother | based on play | See All (3) »

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Certificate:

See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

5 May 1933 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Amor de Mãe  »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

(RCA Victor System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Frances Dee met Joel McCrea on the set of this film. Following a whirlwind courtship, the two were married later that year(1933) in Rye, New York. He died on their 57th wedding anniversary. (ref: Frances Dee's Biography & Personal Details for marriage dates.) See more »

Quotes

Robert Phelps: [Mummy's boy to ex-fiancee] What are you going to do?
Hester: I don't know... Yes I do, I'm going to marry an orphan!
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Laura Hope Crews Steals the Show
10 November 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Terrific acting by the 5 stars makes this one a must see.

Based on a stage play, THE SILVER CORD is about "mother love" at its worst. The film was very controversial for its implied homosexuality of the younger son and the mother's unnatural "romantic" feelings for both sons.

Irene Dunne stars as the new bride (and biologist) who travels with husband (Joel McCrea) to visit the family before heading off to New York City for their new jobs. But something seems wrong.

The mother, Laura Hope Crews, seems rude to the younger son's (Eric Linden) fiancée (Frances Dee). But Dunne puts such thoughts aside and ignores a few of the strange things the mother says. Then she finds out "her" room is down the hall from McCrea's, and his room adjoins mother's room.

Later she walks in as "mummy" is tucking in McCrea and kissing him (on the lips) good night. Mummy has also been working on Linden and getting him to doubt his feelings for Dee. Everything blows up and with Dee running into the snowy night toward the frozen pond. As the boys run after her, mummy shouts from the window for boys to come back and get their coats! Dee falls through the ice and is rescued.

As the girls leave the house the following morning, Dunne lets mummy know what she thinks of her and her attachment to the boys. But mummy has a tight hold, faking illness and forever boasting of her sacrifices. The girls leave but the boys stay behind.......

Crews is magnificent as the voracious mother (repeating her stage role); it's a part few actresses would dare play. The sexual overtones are incredible for a 1933 film and Crews take advantage of her best film role. Dunne is also excellent as she tries to maneuver the course without losing McCrea. Dee has some excellent scenes after she gets dumped by bewildered Linden. All 5 stars are terrific in this drama that is bizarrely underrated and unknown.

A neglected gem for anyone who likes great acting......


15 of 17 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
This excellent film has sadly vanished jlittner
Discuss The Silver Cord (1933) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page