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Queen Bee (1955)

Not Rated | | Drama, Romance | 7 November 1955 (USA)
A young woman arrives at the home of her socialite cousin, and soon finds herself sucked into the woman's complex web of deceit.

Director:

Ranald MacDougall

Writers:

Ranald MacDougall (screenplay), Edna L. Lee (novel) (as Edna Lee)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Joan Crawford ... Eva Phillips
Barry Sullivan ... Avery Phillips
Betsy Palmer ... Carol Lee Phillips
John Ireland ... Jud Prentiss
Lucy Marlow ... Jennifer Stewart
William Leslie ... Ty McKinnon
Fay Wray ... Sue McKinnon
Katherine Anderson Katherine Anderson ... Miss Breen
Tim Hovey ... Ted Phillips
Linda Bennett Linda Bennett ... Trissa Phillips
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Storyline

Eva Phillips is a Southern socialite whose manipulation and ruthlessness ruins the lives of everyone around her. The question is, will anyone be able to stop her? Written by Kelly

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"I was blind and drunk with her scent...and the sound of her voice and the way she moved her body." See more »

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 November 1955 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Ehe in Fesseln See more »

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Production Co:

Columbia Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Joan Crawford makes her first entrance in the film in a white mink coat with a dark brown fox collar. The look of this outfit is copied in Mommie Dearest (1981) when Christina visits Joan and Alfred Steele in their still-under construction apartment. See more »

Goofs

When Eva is talking to Jennifer before taking a bath, the glass doors surrounding the tub go from clear to totally steamed over instantly between shots. See more »

Quotes

Jennifer Stewart: I admire you so much. You're so nice in spite of... in spite of the way things are.
Eva Phillips: I believe you're being sympathetic. Don't feel sorry for me, I like people around me to laugh and be gay.
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Queen Joan
29 January 2009 | by RanchoTuVuSee all my reviews

Joan Crawford's least likable character could be the one she played in this film, as a controlling and vindictive woman of wealth who runs and ruins (or nearly ruins) the lives of all those whom she has relationships with in her large southern plantation mansion. Apparently the relationships come out of her money and their lack of it, as well as the level of her misdirected intelligence and lack of empathy for others, none of which gets explained very fully. Even to her own children, the product of her marriage to heavy drinking philosophizing character played by Barry Sullivan, she shows a cold disregard, especially the choice of a nanny, who's even meaner than Joan. Into this dysfunction comes Jennifer Stewart as a young cousin from Chicago who upsets the strange family chemistry that has been developing over the years, befriending the poor kids, and catching a lot of eyes. John Ireland seems a natural as the one guy who can and does (in some well done scenes) stand up to Queen Bee Joan, presenting his usual suppressed aversion to injustice while also straddling the fence. It's worth sticking with for the ending.


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