Queen Bee (1955)

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A young woman arrives at the home of her socialite cousin, and soon finds herself sucked into the woman's complex web of deceit.



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Complete credited cast:
Eva Phillips
Avery Phillips
Carol Lee Phillips
Jud Prentiss
Lucy Marlow ...
Jennifer Stewart
William Leslie ...
Ty McKinnon
Sue McKinnon
Katherine Anderson ...
Miss Breen
Tim Hovey ...
Ted Phillips
Linda Bennett ...
Trissa Phillips


Eva Phillips is a Southern socialite whose manipulation and ruthlessness ruins the lives of everyone around her. The question is, will anyone be able to stop her? Written by Kelly

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She's so excitingly good . . . when she's so wonderfully bad!


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Release Date:

7 November 1955 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Ehe in Fesseln  »

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(Western Electric Recording)

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1.85 : 1
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Joan Crawford personally bought the film rights to Edna L. Lee's novel, The Queen Bee, for $15,000, then sold them to Columbia under the following conditions: she would star, Jerry Wald would produce, Ranald MacDougall would write the screenplay and direct the film, Charles Lang would be the film's cinematographer, and she would have contractual approval on her costume, make-up and hair designers. Each of these conditions was fulfilled. See more »


Jennifer Stewart: I admire you so much. You're so nice in spite of... in spite of the way things are.
Eva Phillips: I believe you're being sympathetic. Don't feel sorry for me, I like people around me to laugh and be gay.
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Crawford's show all the way
5 September 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Young innocent Jennifer Stewart (Lucy Marlow) goes to visit her cousin Eva Phillips (Joan Crawford). She meets Eva's alcoholic husband Avery (Barry Sullivan), brow beaten daughter Carol Lee (Betsy Palmer) and handyman Judson Prentice (John Ireland). She slowly comes to realize that Eva cruelly manipulates the lives of all around her.

Not well known Crawford film which is a shame because it's one of her best. Crawford pulls out all stops and goes full force as a totally evil vicious woman. She's quite obviously enjoying herself and her incredible performance saves what otherwise is a pretty routine drama. The plot is pretty predictable and all the other characters pale next to Crawford. Marlow isn't that good and Sullivan and Ireland are downright terrible but Palmer was very good and seeing her so young is pretty amusing (she's now best known as Jason's mother from the "Friday the 13th" movies). Worth seeing just for Crawford alone. I don't think she ever played such a cruel character before or after this one. Purportedly (according to Christina Crawford) she was playing herself! I give this an 8.

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