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 (2 episodes, 1987)
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 Alice Grenville (2 episodes, 1987)
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 Billy Grenville Jr. (2 episodes, 1987)
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 Bratsie Bleeker (2 episodes, 1987)
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 Babette Van Degan (2 episodes, 1987)
Penny Fuller ...
 Cordelia Grenville Hardington (2 episodes, 1987)
Kate Harper ...
 Felicity Grenville (2 episodes, 1987)
Jana Shelden ...
 Grace Grenville (2 episodes, 1987)
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 Basil Plante (2 episodes, 1987)
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 Sam Rosenthal (2 episodes, 1987)
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 District Attorney (2 episodes, 1987)
Toria Fuller ...
 Esme Bland (2 episodes, 1987)
Robert Sherman ...
 Billy Bob Veblen (2 episodes, 1987)
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 Duchess of Windsor (2 episodes, 1987)
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 Pianist (2 episodes, 1987)
Manning Redwood ...
 Detective Loomis (2 episodes, 1987)
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 Mme. Sophia (2 episodes, 1987)
Delena Kidd ...
 Tuchy Bainbridge (2 episodes, 1987)
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 Antonella (2 episodes, 1987)
Rex Robbins ...
 Cab Driver #1 (2 episodes, 1987)
Joseph Leon ...
 Cab Driver #2 (2 episodes, 1987)
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 Hunnicutt (2 episodes, 1987)
Ellis Dale ...
 Cahill (2 episodes, 1987)
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 Doorman (2 episodes, 1987)
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 Arturo (2 episodes, 1987)
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 Lord Kingswood (2 episodes, 1987)
Chuck Julian ...
 Bartender at El Marocco (2 episodes, 1987)
Lee Crawford ...
 Maitre D' at El Marocco (2 episodes, 1987)
Louisa Flaningam ...
 Chorus Girl #1 (2 episodes, 1987)
Pamela Sousa ...
 Chorus Girl #2 (2 episodes, 1987)
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 Jack Fisher (2 episodes, 1987)
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 Edith Brompton (2 episodes, 1987)
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 Horst Berger (2 episodes, 1987)
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 Strasser (2 episodes, 1987)
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 Lord Frankham (2 episodes, 1987)
Don Fellows ...
 Ralph Wiggins (2 episodes, 1987)
Charlotte Mitchell ...
 Emma Adams (2 episodes, 1987)
Arthur Whitelaw ...
 Pianist (2 episodes, 1987)
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 Molly (2 episodes, 1987)
Jonathan Haley ...
 Christopher (2 episodes, 1987)
Blain Fairman ...
 Dr. Sidney Skinner (2 episodes, 1987)
Helen Horton ...
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 Paolo (2 episodes, 1987)
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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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Claudette Colbert's last film. See more »

Goofs

While opening scenes of movie are set prior to end of WWII (1945), stock footage features a sign for Broadway production of A Streetcar Named Desire which didn't open until 1947. See more »

Quotes

Ann Arden Grenville: Why do they call you Bratsie?
Bratsie Bleeker: Because I'm a spoiled brat, why else? Why are you called Ann?
Ann Arden Grenville: I wasn't. Well, I guess I better tell you, I was born Ursula Mertens. and it didn't fit on the billboard, and my agent changed it. You know, I'll bet it didn't matter to you what you were called.
Bratsie Bleeker: Still doesn't.
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Referenced in Dallas: The Two Mrs. Ewings (1989) See more »

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Speak Low
Music by Kurt Weill
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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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