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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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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Joan Crawford makes her first entrance in the film in a white mink coat with a dark brown fox collar. The look of this outfit is copied in Mommie Dearest (1981) when Christina visits Joan and Alfred Steele in their still-under construction apartment. See more »

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Eva Phillips: There's just one little thing. I know it sounds terrible, but with everything happening so quickly, won't people wonder and talk? People will talk, you know, without reason of course. There isn't any reason, is there?
Carol Lee Phillips: No Eva, not the way you mean. This may come as a surprise to you, but the only reason we're getting married is because we love each other.
Eva Phillips: Just thought I'd ask. You know how people are.
Judson Prentiss: Whatever you are Eva, you're on wheels!
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"Any man's my man if I want it that way."

This little known 1955 melodramatic gem starring Joan Crawford, Barry Sullivan, Betsy Palmer, John Ireland, Lucy Marlow is not only incredibly over-dramatic (sometimes hilariously so) but a great opportunity for Joan Crawford to show off her inner diva and those great acting skills of hers.

Emotions run high as ruthless Southern socialite Eva Phillips (the Queen Bee - played by else but the magnificent Joan Crawford who is absolutely in her element) manipulates those around her, turning them against each other. The story begins when her sappy cousin (badly played by Lucy Marlow - you are almost happy when she gets slapped) arrives at Eva's mansion and boy, is she in for one wild ride! Affairs, suicide, car accidents, love, manipulation all drive this movie.

It is such a pleasure to watch Eva Phillips tear people apart and see the cunning ways in which she works and gets her own way. The script is, as I previously said, insanely dramatic (and sometimes the lines aren't delivered well - bad acting) and sometimes it got very funny as it just seemed really pathetic. That doesn't mean I didn't enjoy it though - no, I loved every minute of it. I loved Eva Phillip's ability to torment the people around her (for example - calling her drunk, scarred husband 'Beauty') - it was incredibly fascinating to me. And the ending was very rewarding too.

Undoubtly over-the-top to the point of laughing, but a very entertaining ride perfect for a day in. I enjoyed every minute of it, I thoroughly recommend it to comedy and drama fans alike - both could get some enjoyment out of this.


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