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



(screenplay), (novel) (as Edna Lee)

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Complete credited cast:
Eva Phillips
Avery Phillips
Carol Lee Phillips
Jud Prentiss
Lucy Marlow ...
Jennifer Stewart
Ty McKinnon
Sue McKinnon
Katherine Anderson ...
Miss Breen
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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Release Date:

7 November 1955 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Ehe in Fesseln  »

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(Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

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 »


Eva Phillips: [about the doctor tending to her son, Ted] That doctor Pearson is so absurd. He actually trembles when I talk to him. You'd think he'd never seen a beautiful woman before!
Jennifer Stewart: What did he say?
Eva Phillips: Oh the most extravagant things...
Jennifer Stewart: I meant about TED.
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A very, very Crawford movie
26 September 2000 | by (cincinnati, ohio) – See all my reviews

Maybe I'm going out on a limb here, but having seen a great many of her movies, I would say that Joan Crawford was at her bitchiest in this picture. That is to say, bitchier than usual! She tears at the scenery, she tears at the script, and brother I feel sorry for her co-stars, because even though they are also a talented group, they of course don't stand a chance when Crawford's on the screen, which is basically every scene. Although her character doesn't appear right away, it's still obvious from the very start that this is a very, very Crawford movie. The film just instantaneously gives off that omen. The gist of the story is this: Crawford is a glamorous socialite who dominates her Southern family and takes great pride in doing so. Yes, we've seen Crawford play this type of role before(HARRIETT CRAIG), but I personally never tire of seeing Crawford getting the upper hand. Though they didn't get along too well in real life, Joan Crawford and Bette Davis had much in common when it came to choice of movie scripts. They both specialized in playing catty, indomitable females, and they both clearly relished doing so. Crawford is at her best in this one. Sure, the script isn't the greatest she's been given, and frankly it's pretty sleazy stuff, but Crawford does wonders with it and manages to turn in her finest performance. She clearly works at the part and isn't simply clawing and nailing at everyone around her. Even though her character is an absolute horror of a human being, Crawford does her best to make her a sympathetic one, and she just about pulls it off! Some people will discard this one as pure camp, but this is a movie that serious Joan Crawford fans like myself will treasure, and no doubt watch over and over again. Terrific!!!!!

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