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The Glass Menagerie (1950)

Approved | | Drama | 23 February 1951 (Finland)
Merchant marine officer Tom Wingfield reminisces about his life in St. Louis where he had lived with his nagging mother Amanda and crippled shy sister Laura.

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Irving Rapper

Writers:

Peter Berneis (screenplay), Tennessee Williams (play) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Jane Wyman ... Laura Wingfield
Kirk Douglas ... Jim O'Connor
Gertrude Lawrence ... Amanda Wingfield
Arthur Kennedy ... Tom Wingfield
Ralph Sanford ... Mendoza
Ann Tyrrell Ann Tyrrell ... Clerk
John Compton John Compton ... Young Man
Gertrude Graner Gertrude Graner ... Instructor
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Storyline

This first movie version of the Tennessee Williams play about a faded, aging Southern belle, her shy, crippled daughter and her "selfish dreamer" of a son more or less sticks to the original story, except for a compromise ending which strives to be more upbeat. Written by Eugene Kim <genekim@concentric.net>

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Four Academy Award predictions! Jane Wyman, Kirk Douglas, Gertrude Lawrence, Arthur Kennedy

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 February 1951 (Finland) See more »

Also Known As:

Algemas de Cristal See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,357,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Charles K. Feldman Group See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The Glass Menagerie (1950) is a glaring example of how Hollywood politics influence film adaptations of stage plays. In the theatre, the celebrated star turn is traditionally Amanda's, followed in stature by Tom, Laura and, at a distant fourth, Jim. The casting of the screen version gives star billing to the characters of Laura (Jane Wyman) and Jim (Kirk Douglas), leaving stage legend Gertrude Lawrence with third billing. Thus, from the first moments of the main title, the film has left many audiences and critics with a sense that the adaptation was skewed. See more »

Quotes

Jim O'Connor: Ah, when you first meet Mendoza, you don't like him. But, when you get to know him, you hate him.
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Connections

Referenced in The Simpsons: Girly Edition (1998) See more »

Soundtracks

When the Foeman Bears His Steel
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From "The Pirates of Penzance"
Music by Arthur Sullivan
Lyrics by W.S. Gilbert
Sung by Kirk Douglas
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gertie shines!
20 July 1999 | by peachamSee all my reviews

One of the few chances to see the great Gertrude Lawrence on screen. her amanda is so complex,manic,gentele,harsh. a truly great performance that was totally ignored by the academy.arthur kennedy too is compelling as tom. a shame he did not do more William's on screen he was one of the major stage interpreters of the man. only jane wyman seems miscast,a bit too character-actressy for the subtlty of the role to shine through.too bad,because without a good laura half the play is lost. a good effort that could have been great if they had not used wyman.


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