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Domineering Harriet Craig holds more regard for her home and its possessions than she does for any person in her life. Among those she treats like household objects are her kind husband Walter, whom she has lied to about her inability to have children; her cousin Claire, whom she treats like a secretary; and her servants whom she treats like slaves. Written by
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She's imposing and convincing as the woman who wants an impeccable house. I remember the earlier version of this play, with Rosalind Russell, and think it is probably better. It isn't opened-out as much. For example, and of course I may be wrong, maybe the character of the cousin isn't in it. The actress playing Crawford's cousin seems to have been directed to be as bland as possible. And bland she is.
Also, Wendell Corey is pretty anodyne as her husband. Yes, he is supposed to be somewhat weak and under her sway. I can't buy his portrayal, though.
And as his wild friend from the past, I expected someone really rowdy. What sort of threat could Allyn Josyln pose? The other smaller roles are well cast. Lucile Watson is droll as Corey's boss's rakish wife.
This is by no means a movie to turn up one's nose at. A great movie? No. A good one that holds the attention? Yes, that it is.
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