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Harriet Craig (1950)

Approved | | Drama | 5 March 1951 (Sweden)
Domineering Harriet Craig holds more regard for her home and its possessions than she does for any person in her life. Among those she treats like household objects are her kind husband ... See full summary »

Director:

Vincent Sherman

Writers:

James Gunn (screenplay), Anne Froelich (screenplay) (as Anne Froelick) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview:
Joan Crawford ... Harriet Craig
Wendell Corey ... Walter Craig
Lucile Watson ... Celia Fenwick
Allyn Joslyn ... Billy Birkmire
William Bishop ... Wes Miller
K.T. Stevens ... Clare Raymond
Viola Roache ... Mrs. Harold
Raymond Greenleaf ... Henry Fenwick
Ellen Corby ... Lottie
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Domineering Harriet Craig holds more regard for her home and its possessions than she does for any person in her life. Among those she treats like household objects are her kind husband Walter, whom she has lied to about her inability to have children; her cousin Claire, whom she treats like a secretary; and her servants whom she treats like slaves. Written by Daniel Bubbeo <dbubbeo@cmp.com>

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What Was Harriet Craig's Lie?

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Drama

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 March 1951 (Sweden) See more »

Also Known As:

The Lady of the House See more »

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Production Co:

Columbia Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

In the book The Films of Joan Crawford, there is a still from the film showing Joan Crawford with a cigarette in her hand in the living room scene following the dinner party. Since Harriet was such a neat freak, this scene was clearly later reshot. See more »

Goofs

When Clare rushes out of the dining room after hearing the truth about how Wes feels about her, as the camera is pulling back its moving shadow falls across the wall to the right. See more »

Quotes

Walter Craig: I'm going next door. Where the scheming widow lives.
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Connections

Featured in David Holzman's Diary (1967) See more »

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My favorite Joan Crawford movie of the '50s
24 January 2014 | by utgard14See all my reviews

One of Joan Crawford's best roles. She plays a possessive domineering perfectionist housewife who tries to control everyone in her life, particularly her exceptionally nice husband (Wendell Corey). A lot has been said about the similarities between the character of Harriet Craig and Joan herself. Perhaps that's why Joan's performance is so superb. She plays the character of Harriet so effortlessly. Wendell Corey is terrific as her husband. Through most of the movie he's a pushover but when he finally realizes who his wife really is and what she's capable of, look out! It's a very good drama but also some funny parts. Moves along at a crisp pace. Unlike most dramas from the period (and today, really) it doesn't overstay its welcome and pad the length for another twenty minutes. Definitely recommended.


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