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Jane Murfin (screen play) and
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Release Date:
18 November 1938 (USA) See more »
A nightclub dancer marries into society and has to contend with her jealous sister-in-law. | Full synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Joan Crawford ... Olivia Riley

Margaret Sullavan ... Judy Linden

Robert Young ... David Linden

Melvyn Douglas ... Henry Linden
Fay Bainter ... Hannah Linden

Allyn Joslyn ... Roger Q. Franklin

Hattie McDaniel ... Belvedere
Oscar O'Shea ... Charlie Collins

Frank Albertson ... Benny Collins
Harry Barris ... Bertie
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Granville Bates ... Second Man on Plane (uncredited)

Francis X. Bushman Jr. ... Club Sirocco Doorman (uncredited)
George Chandler ... Press Agent (uncredited)
Charles Coleman ... Henry's Butler (uncredited)
Jimmy Conlin ... Man Shaving on Plane (uncredited)
Roger Converse ... Hotel Clerk (uncredited)
Tony De Marco ... Van Stillman - Olivia's Dance Partner (uncredited)
Sarah Edwards ... Chairman of Morals Society (uncredited)
Bess Flowers ... Nurse (uncredited)
Grace Goodall ... Mrs. Smart (uncredited)
Grace Hayle ... Mrs. Briggs (uncredited)
Buddy Messinger ... Elevator Operator (uncredited)
Claire Owen ... Stewardess (uncredited)
Frank Puglia ... Maurice - the Headwaiter (uncredited)
Jack Raymond ... Farmer (uncredited)
Cyril Ring ... Candid Cameraman (uncredited)
Edwin Stanley ... Minister Performing Wedding (uncredited)
E. Alyn Warren ... Leonard - Hannah's Servant (uncredited)

Directed by
Frank Borzage 
Writing credits
Jane Murfin (screen play) and
Ogden Nash (screen play)

Keith Winter (based on the play by)

Joseph L. Mankiewicz  uncredited

Produced by
Joseph L. Mankiewicz .... producer
Frank Borzage .... producer (uncredited)
Original Music by
Franz Waxman (musical score)
Cinematography by
George J. Folsey (photographed by) (as George Folsey)
Film Editing by
Frank E. Hull (film editor)
Art Direction by
Cedric Gibbons 
Set Decoration by
Edwin B. Willis (set decorations by)
Costume Design by
Adrian (gowns)
Makeup Department
Sydney Guilaroff .... hair stylist
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Lew Borzage .... assistant director (uncredited)
Art Department
Paul Groesse .... associate art director
Sound Department
Douglas Shearer .... recording director
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Dolly Tree .... wardrobe (uncredited)
Music Department
Paul Marquardt .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Leonid Raab .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Clifford Vaughan .... composer: additional music (uncredited)
Edward Ward .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Other crew
Tony De Marco .... dance arranger: Miss Crawford and Mr. De Marco's dance (as Mr. De Marco)
Crew verified as complete

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
76 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Sound System)
Australia:G | Finland:K-16 | USA:Passed (National Board of Review) | USA:Approved (PCA #4770) | USA:TV-PG (TV rating)

Did You Know?

Jacques Vanaire is in studio records/casting call lists in the role of "Waiter," but he did not appear or was not identifiable in the movie.See more »
Henry Linden:[Referring to Maggie] Hannah, isn't she all I said?
Hannah Linden:[Cattily] I'm sure she is, Henry, and more.
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Chris & Don. A Love Story (2007)See more »
Waltz in C sharp minor, Op.64, No. 2See more »


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4 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
Margaret shines brightest, 17 January 2014
Author: jjnxn-1 from United States

High class soap opera with the MGM sheen and a cast of great actors. Joan's a respectable if restless performer who marries Melvyn Douglas on a whim and goes back to his family home where trouble awaits and that's when the fun begins.

The story of family animosity and dangerous attraction isn't anything new but as presented here by these super professionals and director Borzage they find ways to make it compelling.

Joan is unquestionably the star of this enterprise and she holds her own with the strong cast that surrounds her while looking glamorous and suffering nobly.

Fay Bainter turns her usual warm and understanding persona on its ear as a harridan twisted by jealousy and bitterness. Robert Young turns in good work as a bit of a weasel and Melvyn Douglas although Joan titular co-star really doesn't have much to do and is absent from a good deal of the film but he does what is required of him with his usual skill. The marvelous Hattie McDaniel has a tiny role as Joan's maid with the improbable name of Belvedere and injects a small dose of levity into the heavy going dramatics.

Good though they may be and Joan is the queen of this little opus they are all outshone by one of their fellow actors. Margaret Sullavan as Young wife gives a performance of such quiet beauty she wipes anyone else off the screen whenever she's on it. An actress of great skill and subtle intensity she makes her Judy a character that seems far more real and relatable than anybody else on screen. Her output was small, only 16 films in total, but she always had a vivid and alive presence on screen.

If you enjoy dramas with an adult, if a tad melodramatic, outlook enacted by talented performers this is for you.

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