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Autumn Leaves (1956)

Approved | | Drama | July 1956 (USA)
Millicent Wetherby is a middle-aged woman whose life is devoid of love and affection. Millicent's solitary existence changes when she encounters Burt Hansen a charismatic younger man. As ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview:
Joan Crawford ... Millicent Wetherby
Cliff Robertson ... Burt Hanson
Vera Miles ... Virginia Hanson
Lorne Greene ... Mr. Hanson
Ruth Donnelly ... Liz Eckhart
Shepperd Strudwick ... Dr. Malcolm Couzzens
Selmer Jackson ... Mr. Wetherby
Maxine Cooper ... Nurse Evans
Marjorie Bennett ... Waitress
Frank Gerstle ... Mr. Ramsey
Leonard Mudie ... Colonel Hillyer
Maurice Manson Maurice Manson ... Dr. Masterson
Bob Hopkins Bob Hopkins ... Desk Clerk
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Storyline

Millicent Wetherby is a middle-aged woman whose life is devoid of love and affection. Millicent's solitary existence changes when she encounters Burt Hansen a charismatic younger man. As Burt successfully woos her and wins her hand in marriage, rumors begin to surface that Millicent's newfound beau is in fact a deranged maniac. Things grow even more complicated for Millicent when a woman claiming to be Hansen's first wife shows up. As Burt begins to lose control of himself, Millicent ponders the most radical of actions against her husband. Written by alfiehitchie

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In the dark, when I feel his heart pounding against mine - is it love? or frenzy? or terror? See more »

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Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

July 1956 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Way We Are See more »

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Production Co:

William Goetz Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The original screenwriters, the husband and wife team of Jean Rouverol and Hugo Butler, did not receive screen credit, as they were blacklisted at the time of production. Jack Jevne received credit instead. See more »

Quotes

Milly: The only trouble is that the future comes so much sooner than it used to.
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Crazy Credits

Opening credits are shown over a background of...... leaves. See more »

Connections

Features Grizzly Golfer (1951) See more »

Soundtracks

Autumn Leaves
(Les Feuilles Mortes)
Music by Joseph Kosma
French lyrics by Jacques Prévert
English lyrics by Johnny Mercer
Performed by Nat 'King' Cole
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Spring-Autumn Romance gets complicated
22 January 2013 | by barryrdSee all my reviews

There's something very rewarding about discovering a well-acted mid-20th century movie you never heard about, in this case, Autumn Leaves starring Joan Crawford and Cliff Robertson, which I saw on TCM. In some ways dated, this movie shines with excellent acting by the two leads - one a star of the film noir era, and the other, a future star making his film debut. The story involves a romance that work-at-home secretary Joan Crawford only reluctantly embraces because her lover is a much younger man. Cliff Robertson falls head over heels in love with her and they marry. Of course, you know the wheels are going to come off this match. The young man becomes traumatized by the appearance of his father, played by a distinguished looking but thoroughly evil Lorne Green and his femme fatale, Vera Miles. Crawford is confused by the bizarre situation and her husband suffers a complete mental breakdown. There is some surprisingly strong language and domestic violence for a movie of the 1950's. Crawford and Robertson deliver strong performances, particularly as the movie moves to its climax. For his first movie, Robertson shows surprising range and strength as an actor. Presented with a husband who is now unhinged, Crawford, takes action to help him, knowing it might have unintended consequences for both of them. This is a movie that keeps its momentum and doesn't disappoint. Highly recommend.


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