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The Cobweb (1955)

 |  Drama  |  7 June 1955 (USA)
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At an exclusive psychiatric clinic, the doctors and staff are about as crazy as the patients. The clinic head, Dr. Stewart McIver, thinks that it would be good therapy for his patients to ... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Dr. Stewart 'Mac' McIver
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Meg Faversen Rinehart
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Dr. Douglas N. Devanal
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Karen McIver
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Victoria Inch
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Steven W. Holte
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Sue Brett
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Mr. Capp
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Dr. Otto Wolff
Jarma Lewis ...
Lois Y. Demuth
Adele Jergens ...
Miss Cobb
Edgar Stehli ...
Mr. Holcomb
Sandy Descher ...
Rosemary McIver
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Abe Irwin
Mabel Albertson ...
Regina Mitchell-Smyth
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At an exclusive psychiatric clinic, the doctors and staff are about as crazy as the patients. The clinic head, Dr. Stewart McIver, thinks that it would be good therapy for his patients to design and make new drapes for the library. Mrs. Karen McIver, who is neglected by her hardworking husband (and a bit unbalanced herself), wants to make her mark on the clinic, so she orders new drapes. Miss Inch, the business manager, who has been with the clinic longer than anyone, sees this as an intrusion into her territory, and she too orders drapes. All this puts everyone in a dither, as they fight over drapes and clinic politics. Written by John Oswalt <jao@jao.com>

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The Story of the Strange Mansion on the Hill

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7 June 1955 (USA)  »

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Die Verlorenen  »

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(Western Electric Sound System)

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The movie Stevie and Sue go to see is Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (1954). Music from the movie can be heard as they are exiting the theater. See more »

Goofs

When Karen (Gloria Grahame) storms into her bedroom and kicks off her shoes, she apparently launches the first one over the walls of the set, as it shoots straight up toward the supposedly low ceiling but never comes down. See more »

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[first lines]
Karen McIver: Can I give you a ride?
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13 March 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is a very strange film about a mental institution which is operated by Dr. Stewart McIver, (Richard Widmark) and Dr. Douglas Devannal, (Charles Boyer). Stewart is married to Karen McIver, (Gloria Grahame) and they are both having marital problems, she claims he does not pay much attention to her and especially in bed. Meg Rinehart, (Lauren Bacall), is a new employee with the hospital and is divorced and has a young son. All of the staff has their own serious problems as well as trying to take care of some very serious mental patients who require a great deal of attention. It is hard to believe that the main subject in this film is about just plain simple drapes and just where to hang them and this is causing a great deal of problems with the patients and staff. Richard Widmark and Lauren Bacall gave a great performance along with the very sexy gal, Gloria Grahame. This is a very crazy film and it will keep you guessing just how this picture will ever end.


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