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The Cobweb (1955)

Passed | | Drama | 22 November 1955 (Japan)
At an exclusive psychiatric clinic, the doctors and staff are about as crazy as the patients. The clinic head, Dr. Stewart McIver, thinks that it would be good therapy for his patients to ... See full summary »

Director:

Vincente Minnelli

Writers:

John Paxton (screenplay), William Gibson (additional dialogue) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Richard Widmark ... Dr. Stewart 'Mac' McIver
Lauren Bacall ... Meg Faversen Rinehart
Charles Boyer ... Dr. Douglas N. Devanal
Gloria Grahame ... Karen McIver
Lillian Gish ... Victoria Inch
John Kerr ... Steven W. Holte
Susan Strasberg ... Sue Brett
Oscar Levant ... Mr. Capp
Paul Stewart ... Dr. Otto Wolff
Jarma Lewis ... Lois Y. Demuth
Adele Jergens ... Miss Cobb
Edgar Stehli Edgar Stehli ... Mr. Holcomb
Sandy Descher ... Rosemary McIver
Bert Freed ... Abe Irwin
Mabel Albertson ... Regina Mitchell-Smyth
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Storyline

At an exclusive psychiatric clinic, the doctors and staff are about as crazy as the patients. The clinic head, Dr. Stewart McIver, thinks that it would be good therapy for his patients to design and make new drapes for the library. Mrs. Karen McIver, who is neglected by her hardworking husband (and a bit unbalanced herself), wants to make her mark on the clinic, so she orders new drapes. Miss Inch, the business manager, who has been with the clinic longer than anyone, sees this as an intrusion into her territory, and she too orders drapes. All this puts everyone in a dither, as they fight over drapes and clinic politics. Written by John Oswalt <jao@jao.com>

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Taglines:

The Story of the Strange Mansion on the Hill

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 November 1955 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Die Verlorenen See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,976,000 (estimated)
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Runtime:

| (TCM print) | (DVD)

Sound Mix:

4-Track Stereo (Western Electric Sound System)

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.55 : 1
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Trivia

Robert Taylor, Lana Turner and Grace Kelly were originally announced for roles played by Richard Widmark, Lauren Bacall and Gloria Grahame. See more »

Goofs

When Dr. McIver goes to leave Inch's place after arguing with her, a shadow of the boom microphone is visible moving on the curtain to the right. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Karen McIver: Can I give you a ride?
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Referenced in 1955 Motion Picture Theatre Celebration (1955) See more »

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Presto, aus Sonate Nr. 9 A-dur, Op. 47 (Kreutzer)
Written by Ludwig van Beethoven (as L. v. Beethoven)
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100% soap; William Gibson drama has library drapes-envy
7 March 2006 | by moonspinner55See all my reviews

Confounding melodrama taken from a William Gibson story, produced by John Houseman and directed by Vincente Minnelli (talk about a bizarre group of chefs!). Richard Widmark heads up posh, upscale rural nervous asylum, where his loose wife battles with self-appointed queen bee Lillian Gish, and Widmark himself gets the straying eye for staff-newcomer Lauren Bacall, who is putting her life back together after the death of her husband and child. Facetious and muddled, set in an indiscriminate time and place, and with a "David and Lisa" love story hidden in the plush morass. Widmark and Bacall do have some good chemistry together, but this script gives them nothing to build on. For precisely an hour, most of the dialogue concerns what to do about the drapes hanging in the library (this thread isn't used as symbolism, rather it's a red herring in a non-mystery!). The picture hopes to show the loggerheads that disparate people come to when they're working in the same profession and everyone thinks their opinion is right, but unfortunately the roundabout way Minnelli unravels this stew is neither informative, enlightening nor entertaining. ** from ****


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