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Queen Bee (1955)

 |  Drama  |  7 November 1955 (USA)
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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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Eva Phillips
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Avery Phillips
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Carol Lee Phillips
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Jud Prentiss
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Sue McKinnon
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Miss Breen
Tim Hovey ...
Ted Phillips
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Trissa Phillips
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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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7 November 1955 (USA)  »

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Christina Crawford, Joan Crawford's adopted daughter, recounted in her autobiography Mommie Dearest that she had to leave the theater midway through a showing of this film because it was too true-to-life in her mother's portrayal of the main character. See more »

Quotes

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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Don't Deliver Us from This Eva!
10 February 2003 | by (Out there in the dark) – See all my reviews

Joan Crawford appears to have a field day in this extraordinarily engrossing, overheated family melodrama. Ranald MacDougall's script is like Tennessee Williams without the poetry or the subtext. And it's like Douglas Sirk without the sumptuous color or the inner turmoil it disguises.

Eva Philips is possessive, controlling, and self-absorbed, and Crawford plays her to the hilt. What more could any fan ask?

In one memorable scene, her cousin asks what the doctor said (about Eva's troubled child). "Such extravagant things!" responds Eva, "Did you see how the doctor trembled as he spoke to me? You'd think he'd never seen a beautiful woman before!"

Moments like these are pure gold (or should it be 'honey'?) in this wondrous opera-without-singing.

The rest of the cast consists of some more than adequate talent: Barry Sullivan (Eva's booze-soaked, trampled husband), John Ireland (a former lover, still caught by her stinger. He gets one of the best lines: "Whatever you are Eva, you're on wheels!"), Betsy Palmer (the deer in Eva's lethal headlights). Lucy Marlow (that starlet from the opening sequence of A STAR IS BORN, 1954) is passable. (In a recent TCM documentary, it is revealed that Crawford really slapped the younger actress with all her might.). Fay Wray makes a brief, but noteworthy appearance early on, a past casualty of Eva's rampaging ego.

If you enjoy watching a 5-foot Godzilla in a Jean Louis gown, don't miss QUEEN BEE.


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