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Craig's Wife (1936) DVD

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Craig's Wife (1936)


Dorothy Arzner


Mary C. McCall Jr. (screenplay), George Kelly (play)


Rosalind Russell, John Boles, Billie Burke
After several light comedy roles, Rosalind Russell proved her salt as a dramatic film actress in this 1936 adaptation of George Kelly's Pulitzer Prize-winning play {+Craig's Wife.} Russell plays Harriet Craig, whose obsession with keeping her house and its furnishings spotless has driven away most of her friends. Harriet's husband Walter (John Boles) loves her and will not brook any criticism of her fastidiousness. But even he has a breaking point: this comes when, during a moment of dire crisis, she reveals that she is more concerned with her own well-being than her husband's. Walter declares his independence by smoking a cigarette in Harriet's spotless living room, strewing his ashes all over her nice clean rug, smashing one of her precious vases, and walking out on her. The final image is of Harriet Craig standing alone in her "perfect" house, so benumbed by events that she fails to notice that her armful of roses is leaving a path of petals on her hitherto unsullied floor. Previously filmed in 1928, Craig's Wife was remade in 1950 with Joan Crawford as Harriet Craig.

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  1. A star turn. 5 Star Review

    Posted by on Nov 26th 2021

    Lucky to see another version of that Craig woman;
    equally as good as the Joan Crawford film, and great visual and directorial work.

  2. RARE MOVIE REVIVED 4 Star Review

    Posted by on Oct 14th 2016

    "Craig's Wife" Columbia 1936 is an earlier version of the 1951 "Harriet Craig" starring Joan Crawford. Rosalind Russell and John Boles are the two stars and they perform very well, although not with the same vitriol as in the later film. I found the film to be extremely interesting, not having ever seen it and if anything, the characters seem to elicit some sympathy, although the Harriet character doesn't really deserve it. Crawford was an expert at playing the "villain" and Russell is fine. Quality of the movie was very pleasing indeed and devoid of any hiccups. I am very happy to add this film to my library. The service was good. Overall, money well spent and if other films are as good in quality, I will be interested in buying others.

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