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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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Robert Taylor, Lana Turner and Grace Kelly were originally announced for roles played by Richard Widmark, Lauren Bacall and Gloria Grahame. See more »

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Stewart makes warm milk for Mark by heating chilled milk direct from refrigerator on stove for less than 20 seconds in on-screen real time. See more »

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Karen McIver: Can I give you a ride?
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The conflict about drapes made sense then
18 August 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This movie, based on a novel, was made when expensive private mental hospitals provided months or years of psychoanalytically-oriented treatment for small numbers of affluent patients. None of today's antipsychotic or mood-stabilizing pharmaceuticals was yet in use. (One scene shows a patient in a hydrotherapy tub - used for sedation.) Dr Devenal, when things are falling apart, ruefully looks at the book he has written – "The Theory and Practice of Milieu Therapy." This was an important movement in the 1950's, proposing that the patient community was a significant element of the treatment. Patient governments voted on many aspects of institutional life and even, at times, on treatment decisions that properly were the responsibility of professional staff. Conflict over new drapes seems today to be a foolish plot element, but, although exaggerated, it fit the context of the time.


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