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Autumn Leaves (1956)

 -  Drama  -  1 August 1956 (USA)
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Millicent Wetherby is a middle-aged woman whose life is devoid of love and affection. Millicent's solitary existence changes when she encounters Burt Hansen a charismatic younger man. As ... See full summary »

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Millicent Wetherby
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Burt Hanson
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Virginia Hanson
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Mr. Hanson
Ruth Donnelly ...
Liz Eckhart
Shepperd Strudwick ...
Dr. Malcolm Couzzens
Selmer Jackson ...
Mr. Wetherby
Maxine Cooper ...
Nurse Evans
Marjorie Bennett ...
Waitress
Frank Gerstle ...
Mr. Ramsey
Leonard Mudie ...
Colonel Hillyer
Maurice Manson ...
Dr. Masterson
Bob Hopkins ...
Desk Clerk
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Millicent Wetherby is a middle-aged woman whose life is devoid of love and affection. Millicent's solitary existence changes when she encounters Burt Hansen a charismatic younger man. As Burt successfully woos her and wins her hand in marriage, rumors begin to surface that Millicent's newfound beau is in fact a deranged maniac. Things grow even more complicated for Millicent when a woman claiming to be Hansen's first wife shows up. As Burt begins to lose control of himself, Millicent ponders the most radical of actions against her husband. Written by alfiehitchie

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In the dark, when I feel his heart pounding against mine - is it love? or frenzy? or terror?

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The original screenwriters, the husband and wife team of Jean Rouverol and Hugo Butler, did not receive screen credit as they were blacklisted at the time of production. Jack Jevne received credit instead. See more »

Quotes

Burt: Aw, Milly. You wouldn't want me to spend the rest of my life with a bubble-gum addict. Would you, Milly?
Milly: Sorry, I goofed!
Burt: You "goofed?" Hey, man, that's "Bop" talk! Where did you ever pick that up?
Milly: Well, why shouldn't I pick up an expression here and there? I'm not THAT old!
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Opening credits are shown over a background of...... leaves. See more »

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Features Grizzly Golfer (1951) See more »

Soundtracks

Autumn Leaves
Music by Joseph Kosma
Original lyrics by Jacques Prévert ("Les Feuilles Mortes")
English lyrics by Johnny Mercer
Sung by Nat 'King' Cole
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As Much Maternal As Romantic
17 December 2008 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Autumn Leaves finds Joan Crawford as fortyish unmarried woman living alone in a court bungalow with landlady Ruth Donnelly for occasional company. A chance meeting with young Cliff Robertson at a concert brings two people with needs together.

Cliff's needs are much bigger than her's however. For all his surface charm, the man has some deep issues. Part of which is that he's grown up without a mother another part of which his father Lorne Greene did him one terrible hurt.

The film was Cliff Robertson's breakout role and he does a fine job, running the whole emotional alphabet from the charming and shallow young man who overcompensates a lot to his mental breakdown with Crawford which is terrifying. Crawford gets one of her best late career roles as well. Not much is said about her mental state, but the way she interprets the part, Joan's needs are as much maternal as romantic and Robertson seems to fill the bill.

For those of you who expect to see wise and patriarchal Ben Cartwright, that is not the Lorne Greene you see here. In fact before being cast in Bonanza, Greene played a nice variety of nasty people in such films as The Buccaneer, Tight Spot, and this one. Vera Miles is also here as Robertson's ex-wife and a piece of work herself.

Robert Aldrich does a good job with Joan Crawford and the rest of the cast. But the film really belongs to Cliff Robertson, after this performance, his career was assured.


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