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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)
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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:
1.37 : 1 See more »
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Certification:
USA:Approved (PCA #2403)

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Remade in 1950 with Joan Crawford as Harriet, and Wendell Corey as Walter.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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Version of Harriet Craig (1950)See more »

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5 out of 7 people found the following review useful.
Roz Russell is good but story seems compressed and incomplete..., 8 July 2008
Author: Neil Doyle from U.S.A.

ROSALIND RUSSELL got one of her first really strong dramatic roles in this abbreviated film version of George Kelly's novel, CRAIG'S WIFE. By reducing the running time to an hour and fifteen minutes, there's a rush to present as much exposition as possible before the final scene which finds the heroine alienating everyone in the household.

Missing is a scene where she goes to her husband's employer to beg that her husband not be sent abroad, as appears in the more complete version of this story which starred Joan Crawford years later, and called HARRIET CRAIG. Mrs. Craig's devious nature was better explored in Crawford's version than it is here.

BILLIE BURKE seems a strange choice to play a friendly neighbor whom Russell suspects of casting eyes at her husband, played by JOHN BOLES in another one of his weak man roles. Boles' transition from loving husband to suspicious man happens so suddenly that there's the feeling something has been cut--there's no real preparation for his change of character. Still, he gives one of his better performances during his showdown with the domineering wife.

The only other members of the cast who make any impression are JANE DARWELL as Russell's maid and ALMA KRUEGER as her mother-in-law. THOMAS MITCHELL has little to do and disappears from the story after a brief scene near the opening.

Summing up: Mainly interesting for Rosalind Russell's performance.

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