Craig's Wife (1936)

75 or 85 mins | Drama | 25 September 1936

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HISTORY

The play Craig's Wife , which won the Pulitzer Prize in 1928, was the basis of two other films: a 1928 silent version, directed by William C. de Mille, that starred Irene Rich and Warner Baxter, and a 1950 Columbia production, entitled Harriet Craig , which was directed by Vincent Sherman and starred Joan Crawford and Wendell ... More Less

The play Craig's Wife , which won the Pulitzer Prize in 1928, was the basis of two other films: a 1928 silent version, directed by William C. de Mille, that starred Irene Rich and Warner Baxter, and a 1950 Columbia production, entitled Harriet Craig , which was directed by Vincent Sherman and starred Joan Crawford and Wendell Corey. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Daily Variety
11 Sep 36
p. 3.
Film Daily
2 Oct 36
p. 10.
Hollywood Reporter
6 Jul 36
p. 8.
Hollywood Reporter
11 Sep 36
p. 3.
Motion Picture Daily
12 Dec 36
p. 2.
Motion Picture Herald
18 Jul 36
p. 60.
Motion Picture Herald
19 Sep 36
p. 48, 50
New York Times
2 Oct 36
p. 29.
Variety
7 Oct 36
p. 15.
DETAILS
Release Date:
25 September 1936
Production Date:
began early July 1936
Copyright Claimant:
Columbia Pictures Corp. of California
Copyright Date:
17 September 1936
Copyright Number:
LP6601
Physical Properties:
Sound
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
75 or 85
Country:
United States
PCA No:
2403
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

While Harriet Craig is out of town visiting her sick sister, her husband Walter inadvertantly becomes involved in what seems to be a murder. Meanwhile, strong-willed Harriet has decided that her sister would recover quicker if left alone and she drags her niece Ethel Landsdruth away with her. On the train, when Ethel reveals her engagement, Harriet disparages her notions of romantic love. She has married for security and she manages her husband to ensure that she gets it. At home, Harriet sends Ethel to bed and wanders around the house, checking to see that everything is in order. It soon becomes clear that Harriet allows Walter no freedom. She spies on him and alienates his friends. He can't even smoke in his own home. Through a call from the police, she discovers that Walter is under suspicion for the murder and she does everything she can to thwart the police and avoid scandal, even lying to Walter. Walter's aunt Ellen Austen is fed up with Harriet's ways and decides to leave their house, but before she does, she opens Walter's eyes to the extent of Harriet's duplicity. By the next morning, Walter, cleared of murder charges when the police discover that it was actually a murder-suicide, has decided to leave Harriet. the servants have all left as well, and Ethel's fiancé Gene Fredericks, has taken her back to her mother. Harriet is alone in her pristine house when she receives a telegram informing her that her sister has died. Completely alone, Harriet breaks down and ... +


While Harriet Craig is out of town visiting her sick sister, her husband Walter inadvertantly becomes involved in what seems to be a murder. Meanwhile, strong-willed Harriet has decided that her sister would recover quicker if left alone and she drags her niece Ethel Landsdruth away with her. On the train, when Ethel reveals her engagement, Harriet disparages her notions of romantic love. She has married for security and she manages her husband to ensure that she gets it. At home, Harriet sends Ethel to bed and wanders around the house, checking to see that everything is in order. It soon becomes clear that Harriet allows Walter no freedom. She spies on him and alienates his friends. He can't even smoke in his own home. Through a call from the police, she discovers that Walter is under suspicion for the murder and she does everything she can to thwart the police and avoid scandal, even lying to Walter. Walter's aunt Ellen Austen is fed up with Harriet's ways and decides to leave their house, but before she does, she opens Walter's eyes to the extent of Harriet's duplicity. By the next morning, Walter, cleared of murder charges when the police discover that it was actually a murder-suicide, has decided to leave Harriet. the servants have all left as well, and Ethel's fiancé Gene Fredericks, has taken her back to her mother. Harriet is alone in her pristine house when she receives a telegram informing her that her sister has died. Completely alone, Harriet breaks down and cries. +

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