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Mourning Becomes Electra (1947)

Approved | | Drama, Romance | 19 November 1947 (USA)
Eugene O'Neill's updated version of the Orestaia. In New England, after the American Civil War, a war-weary Agamem--er, Ezra Mannon comes home to his unhappy wife (Christine) and loving ... See full summary »

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Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 2 wins. See more awards »

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Eugene O'Neill's updated version of the Orestaia. In New England, after the American Civil War, a war-weary Agamem--er, Ezra Mannon comes home to his unhappy wife (Christine) and loving daughter (Lavinia). But Lavinia's ex-suitor, Adam Brant, has become Christine's lover, and together Adam and Christine plot to poison Ezra. When they succeed, Lavinia turns to her brother Orin to help bring the lovers to justice, but when they succeed, Orin goes mad and his suicide note may come between Lavinia and her new suitor, Peter Niles. Written by Kathy Li

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...Mother and daughter in love with the same man ... rivals in ruthlessness even to murder! See more »

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19 November 1947 (USA)  »

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A Electra le sienta bien el luto  »

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Eugene O'Neill liked Dudley Nichols adaptation of "The Long Voyage Home" so much that he allowed the writer to film "Mourning Becomes Electra." Both O'Neill and The Theater Guild agreed to defer payment until the film made a profit. See more »

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About 22 minutes into the film, Orin is standing by a bench where Lavinia is seated. He holds his hat by his side and he drops it....it just lies there on the dirt path as he sits down and he doesn't pick it up. See more »

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Referenced in The Partridge Family: Morning Becomes Electric (1974) See more »

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Shenandoah
Traditional sea chantey
Sung over credits and throughout film by unidentified male chorus
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This movie has had a bad rap for years....
1 November 2004 | by (Valdosta GA) – See all my reviews

This is one of the best acted, entertaining movies I've ever seen. I don't know why it is so bashed by the media. Rosalind Russell is perfect as the overwrought Lavinia, whose hatred gets the best of her. Russell is simply superb. Michael Redgrave, while not as good as Russell, nevertheless gives substance to a weak role. I thought Katina Paxinou, of "For Whom the Bell Tolls" fame, was excellent too and her scenes with Russell crackle with bitchiness that O'Neill probably didn't intend.

And the best news of all, this magnificent film is finally being released on DVD in December 2004. Never on VHS, laserdisc, or any form except, for God bless it, TCM, this film needs exposure to help its reputation as a great drama and a well-acted film that has been mistreated by the years.


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