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The Cobweb (1955)

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

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
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Lois Y. Demuth
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Miss Cobb
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Mr. Holcomb
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Rosemary McIver
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Abe Irwin
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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)  »

Also Known As:

Die Verlorenen  »

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Budget:

$1,976,000 (estimated)
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(Western Electric Sound System)

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(Eastmancolor)

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2.55 : 1
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Trivia

James Dean was originally cast to play Steven Holte. 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 »

Quotes

[first lines]
Karen McIver: Can I give you a ride?
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Referenced in Omnibus: Introduction to Modern Music (1957) See more »

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definitely a 50's melodrama -- and what's wrong with that??
11 March 2008 | by (Baltimore, Maryland) – See all my reviews

Just wanted to clear up a rather glaring error put forth by Mr. Michael E. Barrett, in the second review posted on here (of 6 November 2001), who claimed that Ken Kesey's landmark novel and similarly-themed "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" predated "The Cobwebs" by five years. Not quite, "Cuckoo's Nest" was published in 1962, seven years AFTER "The Cobweb".

I was surprised at the low rating of this film and overall lukewarm-to-bad reviews. It is indeed one of those "50's melodramas" -- but, does that automatically make it BAD? I suspect a lot of reviewers on here simply don't like 50's melodramas. I liked the movie. It certainly wasn't a masterpiece, but it reminded me in editing and mood, of other films of the era such as "Some Came Running", "Picnic", "Rebel without a Cause", "Peyton Place". People who like this genre will probably like the movie; those who obviously do not (like the majority of the reviewers who have thus far bothered to review this!) will not.


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