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The Two Mrs. Grenvilles 

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Family image matters more than anything to the Grenvilles, even when the son is shot dead by his former chorus girl wife, whom his mother despises.
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Cast

Complete series cast summary:
Ann-Margret ...  Ann Arden Grenville 2 episodes, 1987
Claudette Colbert ...  Alice Grenville 2 episodes, 1987
Stephen Collins ...  Billy Grenville Jr. 2 episodes, 1987
John Rubinstein ...  Bratsie Bleeker 2 episodes, 1987
Elizabeth Ashley ...  Babette Van Degan 2 episodes, 1987
Penny Fuller ...  Cordelia Grenville Hardington 2 episodes, 1987
Kate Harper ...  Felicity Grenville 2 episodes, 1987
Jana Shelden Jana Shelden ...  Grace Grenville 2 episodes, 1987
Peter Eyre ...  Basil Plante 2 episodes, 1987
Alan Oppenheimer ...  Sam Rosenthal 2 episodes, 1987
Sam Wanamaker ...  District Attorney 2 episodes, 1987
Toria Fuller ...  Esme Bland 2 episodes, 1987
Robert Sherman Robert Sherman ...  Billy Bob Veblen 2 episodes, 1987
Siân Phillips ...  Duchess of Windsor 2 episodes, 1987
Michael Feinstein ...  Pianist 2 episodes, 1987
Manning Redwood ...  Detective Loomis 2 episodes, 1987
Margaret Courtenay ...  Mme. Sophia 2 episodes, 1987
Delena Kidd Delena Kidd ...  Tuchy Bainbridge 2 episodes, 1987
Genevieve Allenbury ...  Antonella 2 episodes, 1987
Rex Robbins Rex Robbins ...  Cab Driver #1 2 episodes, 1987
Joseph Leon Joseph Leon ...  Cab Driver #2 2 episodes, 1987
Bruce Boa ...  Hunnicutt 2 episodes, 1987
Ellis Dale Ellis Dale ...  Cahill 2 episodes, 1987
Shane Rimmer ...  Doorman 2 episodes, 1987
Alexander Davion ...  Arturo 2 episodes, 1987
Lewis Fiander ...  Lord Kingswood 2 episodes, 1987
Chuck Julian Chuck Julian ...  Bartender at El Marocco 2 episodes, 1987
Louisa Flaningam Louisa Flaningam ...  Chorus Girl #1 2 episodes, 1987
Pamela Sousa Pamela Sousa ...  Chorus Girl #2 2 episodes, 1987
Michael Shannon ...  Jack Fisher 2 episodes, 1987
Faith Brook ...  Edith Brompton 2 episodes, 1987
Christopher Fairbank ...  Horst Berger 2 episodes, 1987
Ed Bishop ...  Strasser 2 episodes, 1987
Donald Pickering ...  Lord Frankham 2 episodes, 1987
Don Fellows ...  Ralph Wiggins 2 episodes, 1987
Charlotte Mitchell Charlotte Mitchell ...  Emma Adams 2 episodes, 1987
Arthur Whitelaw Arthur Whitelaw ...  Pianist 2 episodes, 1987
Nancy Nevinson ...  Molly 2 episodes, 1987
Jonathan Haley Jonathan Haley ...  Christopher 2 episodes, 1987
Blain Fairman Blain Fairman ...  Dr. Sidney Skinner 2 episodes, 1987
Helen Horton ...  Nurse at Playhouse 2 episodes, 1987
Benjamin Feitelson ...  Paolo 2 episodes, 1987
Christopher Muncke ...  Chauffeur 2 episodes, 1987
John Carlin John Carlin ...  Forbes 2 episodes, 1987
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Ann, a former chorus girl marries above herself into a rich society family, but her mother-in-law regards her with great suspicion from the start. When Ann shoots her husband dead, claiming she thought he was a prowler, the older Mrs. Grenville decides to back the woman she despises, to protect the family image. Written by Anonymous

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 February 1987 (USA) See more »

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Lorimar Telepictures See more »
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Runtime:

| (2 parts)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

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1.33 : 1
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Claudette Colbert's last film. See more »

Goofs

Equipment shadow swoops over set when William's mother visits Ann in hospital room. See more »

Quotes

Billy Grenville Jr.: Did he invite you to dinner? Did he? No, probably more like, "Why don't you come watch me play polo sometime, it'll give you a chance to wear that tiara!"
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Connections

Referenced in Frasier: The Two Mrs. Cranes (1996) See more »

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Speak Low
Music by Kurt Weill
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good, trashy story, and old-time Hollywood to boot
23 July 2005 | by blanche-2See all my reviews

This is a highly entertaining movie from the '80s when they still made them with opulence! "The Two Mrs. Grenvilles" was originally a novel written by Dominick Dunne. The plot is based on the real-life story of the shooting of William Woodward, a New York socialite. The question asked for years afterwards was, did his wife shoot him by accident thinking he was a burglar as she claimed? Or did she deliberately kill him? The film explores this and the lives of the wealthy along the way.

In the movie, Ann-Margret portrays the chorus girl wife who marries way, way above her station. The other Mrs. Grenville is her mother-in-law, played to perfection by the still glamorous Claudette Colbert. People who knew Woodward's real-life mother, Elsie, state that Colbert was dead-on in the role. In the book, film, and real life, the elder Mrs. Grenville supports her daughter-in-law throughout but not because she believes her or can even tolerate her. She does it to protect the family from scandal.

The movie spans fifty years and will hold your interest throughout.


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