Family image matters more than anything to the Grenvilles, even when the son is shot dead by his former chorus girl wife, whom his mother despises.

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Ann Arden Grenville
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Ann, a former chorus girl marries above herself into a rich society family, but her mother-in-law regards her with great suspicion from the start. When Ann shoots her husband dead, claiming she thought he was a prowler, the older Mrs. Grenville decides to back the woman she despises, to protect the family image. Written by Anonymous

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Barbara Stanwyck expressed interest in playing role that went to Claudette Colbert. See more »

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In 1955, Ann makes an operator-assisted long distance call from England to United States and is connected to her party in less than ten seconds - an impossibility even now, with direct dialing. See more »

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Cordelia Grenville Hardington: Mother, please stay for more than a just a few minutes. Ann did make a point of inviting you.
Alice Grenville: That's because she's learning social camoflage. If nothing else.
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Referenced in Frasier: The Two Mrs. Cranes (1996) See more »

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good, trashy story, and old-time Hollywood to boot
23 July 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is a highly entertaining movie from the '80s when they still made them with opulence! "The Two Mrs. Grenvilles" was originally a novel written by Dominick Dunne. The plot is based on the real-life story of the shooting of William Woodward, a New York socialite. The question asked for years afterwards was, did his wife shoot him by accident thinking he was a burglar as she claimed? Or did she deliberately kill him? The film explores this and the lives of the wealthy along the way.

In the movie, Ann-Margret portrays the chorus girl wife who marries way, way above her station. The other Mrs. Grenville is her mother-in-law, played to perfection by the still glamorous Claudette Colbert. People who knew Woodward's real-life mother, Elsie, state that Colbert was dead-on in the role. In the book, film, and real life, the elder Mrs. Grenville supports her daughter-in-law throughout but not because she believes her or can even tolerate her. She does it to protect the family from scandal.

The movie spans fifty years and will hold your interest throughout.


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