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Autumn Leaves (1956)

Approved | | Drama | 1 August 1956 (USA)
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
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Liz Eckhart
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Dr. Malcolm Couzzens
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Mr. Wetherby
Maxine Cooper ...
Nurse Evans
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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? See more »

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The Way We Are  »

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Trivia

Joan Crawford wanted Marlon Brando to be her costar. He declined, saying "I'm not interested in doing any mother-son films at the present time." See more »

Quotes

[after meeting Milly's landlady, Liz, who is sporting a garishly "loud" Hawaiian-type, floral shirt]
Burt: Who's the character?
Milly: [smiles] Liz Eckhardt. She's the manager.
Burt: Is she always dressed for Halloween? In the middle of the summer?
Milly: [laughs] That happens to be one of her most conservative outfits!
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Crazy Credits

Opening credits are shown over a background of...... leaves. See more »

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Referenced in Outrageous! (1977) See more »

Soundtracks

Autumn Leaves
(Les Feuilles Mortes)
Music by Joseph Kosma
French lyrics by Jacques Prévert
English lyrics by Johnny Mercer
Performed by Nat 'King' Cole
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Gilding the Lily with expert shadows on close ups.
2 August 2010 | by (Argentina) – See all my reviews

I just saw this movie on You Tube. In 13 episodes. I discovered the old movies section and I'm starting to get hooked on them. When I read so many reviews, all of them so very well written, I realized I'm not match to equal them, and besides, they said everything one could say about Joan Crawford, Cliff Robertson et al.

So, besides adding my contribution of admiration for this marvelous actress, I will mention something that caught my attention in the development of the action: the fact that when he (Robertson) is interned in the psychiatric clinic and we see her (Crawford) quite worried at home, signing checks for the clinic (these treatments were not covered by any medical insurance), we wonder how could she afford this horribly expensive clinic with her TYPING!!

And the same goes for those perfectly fitted outfits designed by Edith Head (One outfit PER SCENE!!) that only a millionaire could barely afford --as the custom-made bag with her initials-- plus the stiff hairstyle and expert make up job, all done by professionals... this character must have been a VERY EXPENSIVE typist in her day!!

A thing that made me wonder about our modern times, where fear of the stranger and insecurity is universal, was the fact that she lived in a sort of a row house complex where anybody could go in and out on these pathways to the apartment doors like the most natural thing in the world, no chains on the front doors, no keys, no padlocks, no nothing!! Was life that calm and crime free in those days?!

It's a pity that in her fifties Joan Crawford adopted those Groucho Marx eyebrows and double row of false eyelashes only on the upper eyelids, because they gave her such artificial, hard and older look (the opposite of what she was aiming for, I'm sure), and the wide mouth, a la Lucille Ball, that was so foreign to this spinster typist character, already resigned to her typewriter as her solo home companion.

But these are minor details, conventions accepted at the time as something akin to an aging star. The movie is great fun and everybody is superb in her or his rôle.


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