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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

Carrie Meeber: When you're poor, it gets all mixed up. You like the people who are good to you.
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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 »

Connections

Edited into Histoire(s) du cinéma: Seul le cinéma (1994) See more »

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Olivier Elevates This Solid Soaper Big-Time
28 October 2005 | by ccthemovieman-1See all my reviews

This was a pretty powerful melodrama, thanks to the great performance of Sir Laurence Olivier.

Olivier plays an unhappily-married older man who falls for the young and beautiful Jennifer Jones (not hard to understand!).....and pays a huge price for his adultery. Olivier is near-mesmerizing in this film and Jones is absolutely gorgeous, as she was in "Portrait Of Jennie," made about five years prior to this film.

Eddie Albert was a bit annoying (but effective) in his role and Miriam Hopkins is downright brutal in her small part as Olivier's wife.

The shocking thing about this film was the subject matter, rare for its day. It was ahead of its day in one respect: it makes the adulterers into the sympathetic "good guys." I'm surprised that got by the censors of the day. Jones' character is oddly innocent for someone "shacking up" with Albert.

I am not a fan of soap operas, but this was highly involving, a tough story to put down once it started I didn't particularly like the ending, but are you gonna do? Note: One of the scenes near the end was inserted on the DVD. It had previously been cut out of the theatrical release. That "flophouse" scene was one that was not passed over by the censors.


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