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Craig's Wife (1936)

 -  Drama  -  25 September 1936 (USA)
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A domineering woman marries a wealthy man for his money, and then uses her position to further her own ambitions for money and power.



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Complete credited cast:
John Boles ...
Walter Craig
Mrs. Frazier
Mrs. Harold
Dorothy Wilson ...
Ethel Landreth
Alma Kruger ...
Ellen Austen
Fergus Passmore
Raymond Walburn ...
Billy Birkmire
Elisabeth Risdon ...
Mrs. Landreth
Robert Allen ...
Gene Fredericks
Nydia Westman ...
Kathleen Burke ...
Adelaide Passmore


A domineering woman marries a wealthy man for his money, and then uses her position to further her own ambitions for money and power.

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Release Date:

25 September 1936 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Craig's Wife  »

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$300,000 (estimated)

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1.37 : 1
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The original Broadway production of "Craig's Wife' by George Kelly opened on October 12, 1925 at the Morosco Theater, ran for 360 performances and won the Pulitzer Prize in Drama in 1926. See more »


Harriet Craig: I'm all alone in the house now...
[turning to see the door closing behind her]
Harriet Craig: Wait! don't go!
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Version of Craig's Wife (1928) See more »

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The definition of a control freak
2 March 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Rosalind Russell gives an excellent, haunting portrayal of "Craig's Wife" in this 1936 version of a play by George Kelly. Later on, it was remade as "Harriet Craig" and starred Joan Crawford and Wendell Corey.

Harriet Craig is a manipulative, cold woman married to a man (John Boles) who adores her and therefore can't see her for what she is - a controlling woman obsessed with possessions and status.

This is a difficult role because in order to pull it off, Harriet would have to be a lot more subtle than she is in this movie. Even with an accomplished actress like Russell, that's hard to do because Harriet's actions are so obvious. In the film, Walter is clueless while she drives everyone else away. I happen to know a Harriet Craig in real life, and in that case, her husband knows but doesn't do anything about it to keep peace. That would have been a more believable choice here.

The film "Harriet Craig" is more drawn out and it takes people a little longer to catch on to what Harriet is really about. This version, probably truer to the play, is directed by Dorothy Arzner and moves quickly. The ending is very striking, and there Russell is most effective.

This was a breakout role for the attractive Russell, and it also proved an excellent part for Joan Crawford. Russell is able to show the tiniest bit of vulnerability in Harriet's nature. I think the Russell version is the stronger film, though both are well worth seeing.

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