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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

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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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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

In his 1988 autobiography "The Ragman's Son", 'Kirk Douglas' says that he thinks that the effectiveness of this movie was hampered by Gertrude Lawrence's vanity, since the filmmakers were obliged to add scenes that made her character look younger and more appealing. Douglas also says that he prefers the 1987 film version directed by Paul Newman over this one. 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 Saturday Night Live: Strother Martin/The Specials (1980) 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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worthwhile experience
10 June 2005 | by donnellxSee all my reviews

The word "menagerie" just happened to come up in a conversation(unrelated to show business) and reminded me of this story. So later,while casually browsing the web, it occurred to me that very title of Tennessee William's play probably had much to do with adding that item to our general vocabulary. Defined as an assortment of animals, the expression here takes on both literal and figurative meanings that sort of intertwine throughout the screenplay. I have yet to see the Glass Menagerie performed live, and really have nothing much more to say now about the motion picture versions, except that further commentary may very well be forthcoming since my mind has been activated on the subject more than ever before thanks to websites like this. Feel free to check the few other brief impromptu reviews I'vesubmitted to get some idea what to expect.


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