MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Up 11,846 this week

Harriet Craig (1950)

 -  Drama  -  2 November 1950 (USA)
6.9
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 6.9/10 from 827 users  
Reviews: 38 user | 11 critic

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 ... See full summary »

Director:

Writers:

(screenplay), (screenplay), 2 more credits »
0Check in
0Share...

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 877 titles
created 21 Aug 2011
 
a list of 1303 titles
created 28 Apr 2012
 
a list of 80 titles
created 8 months ago
 
a list of 197 titles
created 6 months ago
 
a list of 18 titles
created 2 weeks ago
 

Related Items

Search for "Harriet Craig" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Harriet Craig (1950)

Harriet Craig (1950) on IMDb 6.9/10

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

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Harriet Craig.

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Certificate: Passed Thriller | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

A female blackmailer with a disfiguring facial scar meets a plastic surgeon who offers her the possibility of looking like a normal woman.

Director: George Cukor
Stars: Joan Crawford, Melvyn Douglas, Conrad Veidt
Mannequin (1937)
Certificate: Passed Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

Rags-to-riches Hennessey meets newlyweds Jessie and Eddie from his old neighborhood. Eddie plots to have Jessie divorce him, marry Hennessey, divorce Hennessey, then bring Hennessey's money... See full summary »

Director: Frank Borzage
Stars: Joan Crawford, Spencer Tracy, Alan Curtis
Rain (1932)
Certificate: Passed Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

A prostitute finds redemption in Pago Pago thanks to a hard missionary man.

Director: Lewis Milestone
Stars: Fred Howard, Ben Hendricks Jr., William Gargan
Berserk (1967)
Horror | Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.9/10 X  

Monica Rivers is the owner and ringmaster of a traveling circus, and she'll stop at nothing to draw bigger audiences. When a series of mysterious murders begins to occur and some of her ... See full summary »

Director: Jim O'Connolly
Stars: Joan Crawford, Ty Hardin, Diana Dors
Certificate: Passed Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

A nightclub dancer marries into society and has to contend with her jealous sister-in-law.

Director: Frank Borzage
Stars: Joan Crawford, Margaret Sullavan, Robert Young
Sadie McKee (1934)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

The life of Sadie McKee takes many twists and turns. She starts as the daughter of the cook for the well off Alderson family. Lawyer Michael Alderson likes Sadie but she runs off to New ... See full summary »

Director: Clarence Brown
Stars: Joan Crawford, Gene Raymond, Franchot Tone
Strange Cargo (1940)
Certificate: Passed Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Convicts escaping from Devil's Island come under the influence of a strange Christ-like figure.

Director: Frank Borzage
Stars: Clark Gable, Joan Crawford, Ian Hunter
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

Mary, a writer working on a novel about a love triangle, is attracted to her publisher. Her suitor Jimmy is determined to break them up; he introduces Mary to the publisher's wife without ... See full summary »

Director: Robert Z. Leonard
Stars: Joan Crawford, Robert Taylor, Greer Garson
Dancing Lady (1933)
Certificate: Passed Musical | Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

An attractive dancer is rescued from jail by a rich man, who helps her to have her first big opportunity at a musical play on Broadway.

Director: Robert Z. Leonard
Stars: Joan Crawford, Clark Gable, Franchot Tone
Chained (1934)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

A mistress of one man has a shipboard romance with another and is torn between both men.

Director: Clarence Brown
Stars: Joan Crawford, Clark Gable, Otto Kruger
Della (1964)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.5/10 X  

Della Chappell (Joan Crawford) is a very wealthy and incredibly reclusive woman. When a big company wants the land Della lives on, the town sends out Barney Stafford (Paul Burke) to talk to... See full summary »

Director: Robert Gist
Stars: Paul Burke, Charles Bickford, Joan Crawford
Letty Lynton (1932)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  

Wealthy socialite Letty Lynton is returning to New York, abandoning one-tine lover Emile Renaul in South America, when she strikes up a shipboard romance with Jerry Darrow. Renault is ... See full summary »

Director: Clarence Brown
Stars: Joan Crawford, Robert Montgomery, Nils Asther
Edit

Cast

Cast overview:
...
...
Walter Craig
Lucile Watson ...
Celia Fenwick
Allyn Joslyn ...
Billy Birkmire
William Bishop ...
Wes Miller
K.T. Stevens ...
Clare Raymond
Viola Roache ...
Mrs. Harold
Raymond Greenleaf ...
Henry Fenwick
...
Lottie
Edit

Storyline

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 Daniel Bubbeo <dbubbeo@cmp.com>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

What Was Harriet Craig's Lie?

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

2 November 1950 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Lady of the House  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Lucile Watson's final film. See more »

Goofs

When Walter sits up in bed, he puts his slipper on his right foot. In a subsequent shot when Harriet moves closer to the bathroom, he puts the same slipper on the same foot. See more »

Quotes

Walter Craig: I'm going next door. Where the scheming widow lives.
See more »

Connections

Version of Craig's Wife (1928) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Crawford as domestic despot: A cautionary parable
26 June 2002 | by (Western New York) – See all my reviews

"Harriet Craig" started out as a stage success – obviously, it struck familiar chords – and saw at least one previous film version (Craig's Wife, starring Rosalind Russell). Remade in 1950 with Joan Crawford commandeering the part of the domestic despot, the movie takes on a dimension that helped define camp. It also offers an unadulterated middle-period glimpse of the controlling monsters she had begun (Mildred Pierce, Humoresque) and continued (Torch Song, Johnny Guitar, Queen Bee) to play on film. (And, if there is a sliver of verity in her adopted daughter Cristina's report from the front lines, such roles paralleled her off-screen personality).

It's a parable about the dangers of social ascendancy, an illustration of Thorstein Veblen's view of the affluent wife as agent of conspicuous consumption. Joan Crawford's Harriet Craig has it all: a husband in a grey flannel suit on his way up the corporate ladder (Wendell Corey), and so can buy her what she most desires: property and position. She's obsessed with who does and does not fit in with what she refers to as `our set' as she strikes poses in her perfect (and perfectly dull) upper-middle-class abode.

That her only interest in her husband is as a meal ticket is revealed by her avoiding her wifely obligations under the pretext that bearing children would be dangerous. But she's not content to leave him be, maybe to enjoy a little action on the side; what might the other members of their `set' think? She craves total control. When he's about to go out of town on a business trip, thus slithering out at least temporarily from under her oppressive thumb, she intervenes, lying to his boss that he's a compulsive gambler. Finally, of course, the worm turns.... But, in the closing shot, when Crawford regally ascends her curved staircase alone among the splendor of her possessions, you wonder who's really won after all.

This soapish melodrama remains surprisingly riveting. Perhaps it's the extra touch of authenticity Crawford brings to her portrayal (Mary Tyler Moore played a later version of this upscale shrew in Ordinary People; then of course there's always Martha Stewart). The movie preserves an uncanny sense of upward mobility in America, circa midcentury, a lugubrious self-importance that has not, alas, vanished from the land.


33 of 39 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
HC was on youtube chrisreno181
' Goofs ' addison3
Neighbor woman and bratty kid cattcarn
Discuss Harriet Craig (1950) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?