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Della (1964)

Approved | | Drama
A man trying to negotiate a property deal with a wealthy but reclusive widow becomes romantically involved with the woman's unhinged daughter.

Director:

Robert Gist
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Paul Burke ... Barney Stafford
Charles Bickford ... Hugh Stafford
Joan Crawford ... Della
Richard Carlson ... David Stafford
Diane Baker ... Jenny Chappell
Robert Sampson ... Joel Stafford
Otto Kruger ... Walter Garrick
James Noah ... Chris Stafford
Marianna Case Marianna Case ... Addie Stafford
Sara Taft Sara Taft ... Mrs. Kyle
Walter Woolf King ... Sam Jordon
Barney Phillips ... Eric Kline
Voltaire Perkins Voltaire Perkins ... Herb Foster
Richard Bull ... Mark Nodella
Jan Shepard Jan Shepard ... Secretary
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Storyline

Della Chappell (Joan Crawford) is a very wealthy and incredibly reclusive woman. When a big company wants the land Della lives on, the town sends out Barney Stafford (Paul Burke) to talk to her. She invites Barney over to negotiate the proposal. Barney soon takes a liking to Della's equally reclusive daughter Jenny Chappell (Diane Baker). After spending some time with Jenny, he realizes that Della has a dark secret, one that keeps them from the outside world. Written by Joan Crawford & William Castle

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Drama

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Also Known As:

Fatal Confinement See more »

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Production Co:

Four Star Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

This film was originally the pilot episode for a new television series entitled Royal Bay. When it was not picked up, it was re-edited into a stand-alone film and renamed Della. The hallmarks of its televisual beginnings are still visible in the billing of Joan Crawford as a "special guest star." See more »

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Beyond bad.
31 October 2017 | by MOscarbradleySee all my reviews

Terrible. Made as a pilot for a television series that never materialized "Della" cast an over-the-hill and obviously down on her luck Joan Crawford as a rich widow holding out against some property developers who want to buy her land, (her close-ups all seem to be photographed through gauze). Although she's playing the title role she's billed as a 'Special Guest Star', the actual 'stars' being Paul Burke as a hotshot attorney and a hardly seen Charles Bickford as his father. Others involved in this rubbish are Diane Baker as Crawford's daughter who has the hots for Burke and Richard Carlson as Burke's older brother, (blink and you might miss him). The director was the hugely untalented Robert Gist. Actually, it's almost too weird to be a total right-off; at times it feels closer to 'The Twilight Zone' than it does to 'Peyton Place'.


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