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Director:
Writers:
Mary C. McCall Jr. (screenplay)
George Kelly (play)
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Release Date:
25 September 1936 (USA) See more »
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Plot:
A domineering woman marries a wealthy man for his money, and then uses her position to further her own ambitions for money and power. | Add synopsis »
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Cast

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Rosalind Russell ... Harriet Craig
John Boles ... Walter Craig

Billie Burke ... Mrs. Frazier

Jane Darwell ... Mrs. Harold
Dorothy Wilson ... Ethel Landreth
Alma Kruger ... Ellen Austen

Thomas Mitchell ... Fergus Passmore
Raymond Walburn ... Billy Birkmire
Elisabeth Risdon ... Mrs. Landreth
Robert Allen ... Gene Fredericks
Nydia Westman ... Mazie
Kathleen Burke ... Adelaide Passmore
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Stanley Andrews ... Davis (uncredited)
James P. Burtis ... Moving Man (uncredited)
Nell Craig ... Nurse Rigby (uncredited)
Bess Flowers ... Nightclub Patron (uncredited)
John Hamilton ... Detective (uncredited)
Thomas Pogue ... Billy Birkmire's Father (uncredited)
Frankie Van ... Cab Driver (uncredited)

Directed by
Dorothy Arzner 
 
Writing credits
Mary C. McCall Jr. (screenplay)

George Kelly (play)

Produced by
Edward Chodorov .... associate producer
Harry Cohn .... producer (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
R.H. Bassett (uncredited)
Emil Gerstenberger (uncredited)
Milan Roder (uncredited)
 
Cinematography by
Lucien Ballard (photography)
 
Film Editing by
Viola Lawrence 
 
Production Design by
William Haines (uncredited)
 
Art Direction by
Stephen Goosson 
 
Costume Design by
Lon Anthony 
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Arthur S. Black Jr. .... assistant director (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Lodge Cunningham .... sound engineer (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Morris Stoloff .... musical director
William Grant Still .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
 
Crew believed to be complete


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Runtime:
73 min
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Aspect Ratio:
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Certification:
USA:Approved (PCA #2403)

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Trivia:
"Theater Guild on the Air" broadcast a 60 minute radio adaptation of the movie on May 13, 1951 with Rosalind Russell reprising her film role.See more »
Quotes:
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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20 out of 23 people found the following review useful.
The institution of marriage takes a big hit, 3 January 2000
Author: Michael Asimow (asimow@law.ucla.edu) from Los Angeles

Harriet Craig (Rosalind Russell) is a thoroughly hateful character. This is one of those films that gains power from the strength of the villainous antagonist rather than from a relatively weak protagonist.

Harriet is married to the gentle henpecked Walter Craig. Walter never catches on, even though the Craigs have no friends and Walter has become something of a laughing stock in town. Harriet never cared much for Walter, but she sure liked his money which enabled her to have a beautiful home, servants, and a respectable place in the community. Harriet is, therefore, one of those respectable, upwardly mobile prostitutes who uses marriage to barter her good looks for money and position. It's not a pretty picture.

However, Harriet's strategy for maintaining her marriage is deeply flawed. She acts like a manipulative, controlling cold-hearted bitch at all times and ultimately her life implodes.

This film is quite well done and the viewer just can't escape a warm feeling of satisfaction as the malevolent Harriet gets what's coming to her--and more. Although the Harriet character lacks nuance (she's just SO witchy), the story still worked, at least for me. This emotional resonance indicates that the writers, actors, and director Dorothy Arzner did a good job in projecting a wholly believable villain.

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