Harriet Craig (1950)

April 20th, 2023
Author: Meredith Taylor

Dir: Vincent Sherman | US Drama

The title suggests just another Joan Crawford weepie in which she suffers in mink, but that’s only half the story.

It’s ironic that Crawford found popularity in roles in she which was noble and self-sacrificing (in reality in ‘Mildred Pierce’ she would almost certainly have had Ann Blyth for breakfast).

As one who holds the heretical view that Crawford wrecks nearly every film in which she appears, I nominate ‘Harriet Craig’ as the one glorious exception to that rule; she’s certainly a hundred times more frightening than Rosalind Russell in the 1936 version.

It’s only too believable that Mrs Craig’s staff live in terror of her; and she ain’t kidding when she comes home to find the place a mess, and her companion opines that the servants left that way, lowers her voice and snarls “they wouldn’t dare!” @RichardChatten

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