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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.

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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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Also Known As:

Fatal Confinement See more »

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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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Vintage Crawford, perfectly served.
22 October 2015 | by trimmerb1234See all my reviews

This had originally been made for the small screen and had a cast to match - with the exception of Joan Crawford. But if the movies had got smaller, Joan Crawford hadn't - this is certainly no less than a full wattage star performance, even perhaps her best. It was a vehicle for a reprise of her earlier roles and a powerful demonstration of her ability to command the best for herself - best role, best dialogue, best costume, best sets, and, just possibly, no hint of competition from the rest of the cast. While she interacted with credibly, her performance utterly dominated. Even the story which was somewhat ramshackle nevertheless became coherent around the Joan Crawford character. Her bit of the ship at least would be ship-shape - or she'd damned well see that it was. It perhaps suggests that a troublesome, demanding star can be right and the audience the lasting gainer from the targeted exercise of star-power.

Saw this yesterday on Talking Pictures TV a new UK free to air terrestial TV station on Freeview ch81, dedicated to old, mainly British, movies.


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