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Toys in the Attic (1963)

Sisters Carrie and Anna Berniers have been supporting their ne'er-do-well brother Julian through various failed businesses; now, he returns home with a sudden fortune and his young bride. ... See full summary »

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Sisters Carrie and Anna Berniers have been supporting their ne'er-do-well brother Julian through various failed businesses; now, he returns home with a sudden fortune and his young bride. Jealousies both old and new will play a part as the sisters try to understand what Julian's been up to, and as his wife wonders if there's another woman involved. Written by scgary66

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The original Broadway production of "Toys in the Attic" by Lillian Hellman opened at the Hudson Theater in New York on February 25, 1960, ran for 456 performances and was nominated for the 1960 Tony Award for the Best Play. See more »

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Carrie Berniers: [to Julian tauntingly as he leaves the house] Ha. Ha. Ha! Big, brave man. How long do you think that's going to last? Well, go on. Go on back to your crazy wife. You'll come crawling back here, you'll see. 'Cause you always have, you hear me? You've been a failure all your life. What makes you think it's going to change now? You hear me? You've been a failure. You have been a no account and a failure and you'll never be anything else. Julian! Julian! Julian!
[Breaks down and cries]
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Some of the most awful casting in movie history but not without interest otherwise
31 March 2008 | by (NY, NY) – See all my reviews

When Lillian Hellman wrote this play, I doubt she had Dean Martin in mind for the male lead when it hit the screen. In truth, he isn't bad. He may have been cast to provide some box office. If he did, that's good. He contributes nothing else, however.

Similarly, the beautiful Yvette Mimieux is wildly miscast as his insecure wife.

Thankfully, much of the other actors are at home in this film and this sort of film. They give good performances.

Geraldine Page is in fine form as one of Martin's two spinster sisters. It isn't a subtle performance but it works very well. Wendy Hiller, as the other sister, does give a subtle performance. She is not authentically Southern; but for a good actor that makes no difference. (Think, for starters, Vivian Leigh in "GWTW.") Gene Tierney is also on-hand. Though she'd had a troubled life, she'd matured well. She was never a great actress but she had screen presence and she is right for her part here.

I was familiar with the play and wondered if the movie would include its most controversial aspect. (Can't give it away.) To my surprise, it does; and it's very effective.

Please note: I have nothing against Dean Martin. He is fun in "Kiss Me Stupid." But he was essentially a singer and comic performer. This movie contains no songs and is anything but comic. Had his and Mimieux's parts been cast more according to the script, the movie could indeed have been extremely, rather than occasionally, powerful.


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