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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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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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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 »


Judson Prentiss: You're like some fancy kind of disease. I had it once - now I'm immune.
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Referenced in Die, Mommie, Die! (2003) See more »

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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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