Wednesday, December 28, 2005

My favorite Joan Crawford flick.

The Women (1939)

A happily married woman lets her catty friends talk her into divorce when her husband strays.

Note :
  • Though many people view Joan Crawford as the "bad girl" of the movie, Clare Boothe Luce, who wrote (as Clare Boothe) the play that the film was based on, sympathized most with Crystal Allen, Crawford's character.

  • In addition to its all-female cast, every animal that was used in the film (the many dogs and horses) was female as well. In addition, none of the works of art seen in the backgrounds were representative of the male form.

  • When Norma and Joan were called to shoot publicity stills, neither actress would enter the studio first. Instead, they remained in their limousines and circled the parking lot until director George Cukor summoned them and they instantly behaved like best friends.

Mildred Pierce (1945)

" turns herself into a business tycoon to win her selfish daughter a place in society. "

  • Bette Davis turned down the title role, and Barbara Stanwyck was very keen to take it, but Joan Crawford got in first and earned her an Academy Award.

  • Rosalind Russell turned down the title role.

  • Joan Crawford had been under contract with Warner Brothers for two years before starring in this movie. To get the role, she had to submit to a screen test after years of flops at MGM-her previous studio-and turning down several scripts at Warner Brothers.

  • Shirley Temple was originally considered for the part of Veda Pierce.
Possessed (1947)

"A married woman''s passion for a former love drives her mad. "

Note : The film's working titles were The Secret and One Man's Secret . According to a press release dated 5 Apr 1944, Ida Lupino, Paul Lukas and Sydney Greenstreet were to star in the film. A 6 Aug 1946 HR news item reports that production closed on the film for several weeks due to Joan Crawford's illness with strep throat.... Joseph Valentine took over from Hickox after the latter had worked for 38 days. Although Joan Crawford appeared in a 1931 film of the same title, it is unrelated to this film."

The Damned Don't Cry! (1950)

Joan Crawford stars in this riveting character study about a woman who will stop at nothing to escape her impoverished lifestyle. Told in flashback, the story sees Crawford leaving the small factory town where she grew up and getting involved with a succession of men, eventually winding up in the middle of a deadly confrontation between her gangster boyfriend and his arch-rival.

The title comes from Eugene O'Neill. In "Mourning becomes Electra", a brother tells his sister: "Don't cry... the damned don't cry."

The murder of gangster Nick Prenta touches off an investigation of mysterious socialite Lorna Hansen Forbes, who seems to have no past, and has now disappeared. In flashback, we see the woman's anonymous roots; her poor working-class marriage, which ends in tragedy and her determination to find "better things." Soon finding that sex appeal is her only salable commodity, she climbs from man to man toward the center of a nationwide crime syndicate...a very perilous position.

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