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Carrie (1952)

Approved | | Drama, Romance | 31 October 1952 (Finland)
A young girl from a provincial town learns the bitter reality of a big city and great love.

Director:

William Wyler

Writers:

Theodore Dreiser (novel), Ruth Goetz | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Laurence Olivier ... George Hurstwood
Jennifer Jones ... Carrie Meeber
Miriam Hopkins ... Julie Hurstwood
Eddie Albert ... Charles Drouet
Basil Ruysdael ... Mr. Fitzgerald
Ray Teal ... Allen - Bondsman
Barry Kelley ... Slawson
Sara Berner ... Mrs. Oransky
William Reynolds ... George Hurstwood, Jr. (as William Regnolds)
Mary Murphy ... Jessica Hurstwood
Harry Hayden ... O'Brien
Charles Halton ... Factory Foreman
Walter Baldwin ... Mr. Meeber - Carrie's Father
Dorothy Adams ... Mrs. Meeber - Carrie's Mother
Jacqueline deWit ... Carrie's Sister Minnie (as Jacqueline de Witt)
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Storyline

Carrie boards the train to Chicago with big ambitions. She gets a job stitching shoes and her sister's husband takes almost all of her pay for room and board. Then she injures a finger and is fired. This is the 1890s. Charles Drouet, a salesman she met on the train, comes to her rescue, invites her to dine at Fitzgerald's where the manager George Hurstwood sends over a bottle of champagne. Stay in Drouet's apartment. He will be on the road 10 days. When she leaves the apartment many months later -- on a train bound for New York -- her traveling companion is Hurstwood. Why is he in such a hurry? Written by Dale O'Connor <daleoc@interaccess.com>

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Drama | Romance

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

31 October 1952 (Finland) See more »

Also Known As:

Destino de dos vidas See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Paramount Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (DVD)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Though based on Theodore Dreiser's novel "Sister Carrie", the movie was released simply as "Carrie" because the studio feared audiences would think "Sister Carrie" was the story of a nun. See more »

Quotes

George Hurstwood: I've got to eat or I'll die.
Unidentified Vagrant: Who are you talking to, me or God?
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Alternate Versions

The 2004 DVD version contain the deleted "flophouse" scene never seen by the audience in the US. This sequence was removed at the film release due to the political state of affairs in the US during this era. Chapter 16 contains that scene. See more »

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the missing link between Stahl and Sirk.
24 February 2003 | by dbdumonteilSee all my reviews

Melodrama had come a long way between the thirties austere black and white Stahl tear-jerkers to the fifties flaming Sirk extravaganzas ,which were often remakes of the first director's works ( "when tomorrow comes" "imitation of life" "magnificent obsession")

At the beginning of the fifties ,Wyler -who had already approached melodrama ("Mrs Minniver","little foxes" and even elements of his admirable "best years of our lives) opted for full bore weepie,the "enough is enough" genre and thus anticipated on the great maudlin movies of the fifties which was another golden era for the style,not only Douglas Sirk but also Minelli,Cukor,Dmytryk ,King... Jennifer Jones ,the romantic actress par excellence ,is the bridge between the two eras:she has nothing to do with Irene Dunne or Margaret Sullavan because she's primarily an intuitive:her face is constantly longing for the love which ceaselessly eludes her :no actress succeeded as she did as far romantic passion is concerned ("duel in the sun" "madame Bovary" "Ruby Gentry" are good examples).

And yet,despite the title,the plot focuses on Olivier's character.the great thespian is very moving,going from riches to rag with equal command.The plot encompasses everything that makes a melodrama a delight for afficionados of the genre.Olivier's downfall is almost realist -and sometimes recalls Murnau's "der Letzte Mann" (1924).Wyler depicts his plight and humiliation in lavish detail .That's strange,because ,generally ,man is spared in melodramas .

The legendary depth of field you can find in any Wyler movie is used with great results in the scenes when Carrie comes for the first time in the luxury restaurant where she's invited.


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