MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Down 816 this week

The Glass Menagerie (1950)

Approved  |   |  Drama  |  23 February 1951 (Finland)
7.1
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.1/10 from 765 users  
Reviews: 13 user | 4 critic

This first movie version of the Tennessee Williams play about a faded, aging Southern belle, her shy, crippled daughter and her "selfish dreamer" of a son more or less sticks to the ... See full summary »

Director:

Writers:

(screenplay), (play), 1 more credit »
0Check in
0Share...

IMDb Picks: May

Visit our IMDb Picks section to see our recommendations of movies and TV shows coming out in May, sponsored by COVERGIRL.

Visit the IMDb Picks section

Related News

The Link Menagerie
| FilmExperience
Actress Jane Wyman Dies at 93
| IMDb News

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 135 titles
created 13 Feb 2011
 
a list of 200 titles
created 08 May 2011
 
a list of 1076 titles
created 18 Jun 2013
 
a list of 32 titles
created 24 Sep 2013
 
a list of 33 titles
created 12 Mar 2014
 

Related Items

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: The Glass Menagerie (1950)

The Glass Menagerie (1950) on IMDb 7.1/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of The Glass Menagerie.

User Polls

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

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 »

Director: Dudley Nichols
Stars: Rosalind Russell, Michael Redgrave, Raymond Massey
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

Owen Waterbury, bestselling novelist, recruits aspiring writer Stephanie 'Steve' Gaylord as his latest of many secretaries. The stars in her eyes fade when she finds she is to work in his ... See full summary »

Director: Charles Martin
Stars: Laraine Day, Kirk Douglas, Keenan Wynn
Biography | Drama | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

A young trumpeter enjoys highs (musical success, fame, and fortune) and lows (sour marriage, death of his mentor, bout with alcoholism).

Director: Michael Curtiz
Stars: Kirk Douglas, Lauren Bacall, Doris Day
The Juggler (1953)
Certificate: Passed Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

Hans Muller is a Jewish refugee from Germany. Relocating to Israel after World War II, he can not overcome the psychological effects of the war. After attacking a policeman, Hans becomes a ... See full summary »

Director: Edward Dmytryk
Stars: Kirk Douglas, Milly Vitale, Paul Stewart
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

An Italian-American neighborhood in Louisiana is disturbed when truck driver Rosario Delle Rose is killed by police while smuggling. His buxom widow Serafina miscarries, then over a period ... See full summary »

Director: Daniel Mann
Stars: Anna Magnani, Burt Lancaster, Marisa Pavan
Champion (1949)
Drama | Film-Noir | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

Boxer Midge Kelly rises to fame...mainly by stepping on other people.

Director: Mark Robson
Stars: Kirk Douglas, Arthur Kennedy, Marilyn Maxwell
The Big Trees (1952)
Action | Romance | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

A Quaker colony tries to save the giant sequoias from a timber baron.

Director: Felix E. Feist
Stars: Kirk Douglas, Eve Miller, Patrice Wymore
Rembrandt (1936)
Biography | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

This character study joins the painter at the height of his fame in 1642, when his adored wife suddenly dies and his work takes a dark, sardonic turn that offends his patrons. By 1656, he ... See full summary »

Director: Alexander Korda
Stars: Charles Laughton, Gertrude Lawrence, Elsa Lanchester
Drama | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

On December 23rd, Korean War veteran George Haverstick and nurse Isabel Crane - who George lovingly refers to as "Little Bit" - get married in a civil ceremony. They met when George was ... See full summary »

Director: George Roy Hill
Stars: Anthony Franciosa, Jane Fonda, Jim Hutton
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

After County Attorney Dave Connors helps Julian Norman with her shiftless father, Jefferson Norman, she leaves Jericho, Kansas to college to study for a law degree.A few years later, ... See full summary »

Director: John M. Stahl
Stars: Cornel Wilde, Linda Darnell, Anne Baxter
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  
Director: Michael Elliott
Stars: Shirley Booth, Pat Hingle, Hal Holbrook
Act of Love (1953)
Drama | War | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
Director: Anatole Litvak
Stars: Kirk Douglas, Dany Robin, Barbara Laage
Edit

Cast

Complete credited cast:
...
...
...
...
Ralph Sanford ...
Ann Tyrrell ...
John Compton ...
Young Man
Gertrude Graner ...
Instructor
Edit

Storyline

This first movie version of the Tennessee Williams play about a faded, aging Southern belle, her shy, crippled daughter and her "selfish dreamer" of a son more or less sticks to the original story, except for a compromise ending which strives to be more upbeat. Written by Eugene Kim <genekim@concentric.net>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

Four Academy Award predictions! Jane Wyman, Kirk Douglas, Gertrude Lawrence, Arthur Kennedy

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

23 February 1951 (Finland)  »

Also Known As:

Algemas de Cristal  »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

First film appearance of Chris Alcaide. See more »

Connections

Version of The Glass Menagerie (1977) See more »

Soundtracks

For You
(uncredited)
Music by Joseph A. Burke
Played when Tom comes home drunk
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Gertrude Lawrence in Her Best Film
10 December 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

One of Tennessee Williams' best plays becomes a good but not great film despite a stellar cast. It's hard to pin exactly why this film doesn't soar but it's a solid screen version. Maybe it's just that the subject matter works better in a stage environment and that the camera is just too intimate.

Familiar story of restless son, his crippled sister, and their manic mother, who seems to live in the golden past is great material for the stage. And this sad story of the mother's attempts to goad the son into bringing home a young man to meet the sister seems rather cruel. But even the forgotten and lost can lead lives of desperation as they cling to dreams and make wishes on silver moons.

Arthur Kennedy stars as Tom, the son who tries to please his mother but longs to escape his dull job in St. Louis and see the world. Jane Wyman is the crippled sister who has shrunk from the world and collects tiny glass animals. Gertrude Lawrence is the mother who was abandoned by her husband and has been reduced to living in a dumpy apartment and selling magazine subscriptions. And Kirk Douglas is the "gentleman caller." All 4 actors are quite good, although none received Oscar nominations, despite the hype. Many great actresses have been associated with the role of Amanda Wingfield since this play made its Broadway debut in the 1940s: Laurette Taylor, Katharine Hepburn, Joanne Woodward, Maureen Stapletobm Jessica Tandy, Julie Harris, and Jessica Lange have all played the role on stage, film, or TV. And I swear I remember Shirley Booth doing this on TV also.

Ultimetaely the story is as fragile as the glass figures. If any one character dominates the story the whole play collapses. This film version works very well in balancing the roles. And while Wyman seems a tad old for the part, Lawrence was an even odder choice. I've also read that Bette Davis and Tallulah Bankhead were considered. But how they decided on Lawrence--a great musical comedy star in London and New York--is anyone's guess. She really is quite good but the film might have need the extra star power of Bette Davis.

Anyway, this classic American play is worth watching.


23 of 24 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Glass Menagerie, The (1950) Theresa0369
VOTE at TCM to have it released for sale bevomeo-1
Richard Griffith's 1950 review of the film praising Lawrence's Amanda dogsandcats5
Discuss The Glass Menagerie (1950) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?