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Carrie boards the train to Chicago with big ambitions. She gets a job stitching shoes and her sister's husband takes almost all of her pay for room and board. Then she injures a finger and ... See full summary »

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George Hurstwood
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Julie Hurstwood
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Charles Drouet
Basil Ruysdael ...
Mr. Fitzgerald
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Allen - Bondsman
Barry Kelley ...
Slawson
Sara Berner ...
Mrs. Oransky
William Reynolds ...
George Hurstwood, Jr. (as William Regnolds)
Mary Murphy ...
Jessica Hurstwood
Harry Hayden ...
O'Brien
Charles Halton ...
Factory Foreman
Walter Baldwin ...
Mr. Meeber - Carrie's Father
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Mrs. Meeber - Carrie's Mother
Jacqueline deWit ...
Carrie's Sister Minnie (as Jacqueline de Witt)
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Carrie boards the train to Chicago with big ambitions. She gets a job stitching shoes and her sister's husband takes almost all of her pay for room and board. Then she injures a finger and is fired. This is the 1890s. Charles Drouet, a salesman she met on the train, comes to her rescue, invites her to dine at Fitzgerald's where the manager George Hurstwood sends over a bottle of champagne. Stay in Drouet's apartment. He will be on the road 10 days. When she leaves the apartment many months later -- on a train bound for New York -- her traveling companion is Hurstwood. Why is he in such a hurry? Written by Dale O'Connor <daleoc@interaccess.com>

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31 October 1952 (Finland)  »

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Though based on Theodore Dreiser's novel "Sister Carrie," the movie was released simply as "Carrie" because the studio feared audiences would think "Sister Carrie" was the story of a nun. See more »

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Julie Hurstwood: Will you give her up?
George Hurstwood: I'm not like you, Julia. I don't make threats, and I don't make promises.
Julie Hurstwood: Well, I make them. And I keep them.
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A Splendid Recreation of Another Era: Oliver At His Best, Jones Tamped Down To "Real"
24 March 2013 | by (Corning, California) – See all my reviews

This is a curious little sleeper from 1952, a grim, objective look at the upward mobility of a country girl who first adapts to the needs of the men around her, and then moves on to a successful stage career on her own, leaving one of the men in abject poverty.

Today Carrie succeeds not only because of it's splendid recreation of a time, but as one of the few American vehicles where the legendary Laurence Olivier, (who often walked through a character role for the paycheck) performs to his best advantage, evolving from an assured man of the world to a pathetic morsel at the bottom of the heap, a restrained and beautifully measured performance given 13 years later than his dynamic Heathcliff for the same directer in 1939's Wuthering Heights.

Jennifer Jones, too, is a good deal less hysterical and florid than usual; the music score by David Raksin underscores without bombast, and the supporting cast provide excellent contrast. This is definitely not a cheerer-upper, but a picture neatly tuning into it's original author's concerns. It deserves another look, and as time goes by, will be considered one of Wyler's significant contributions.


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