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Craig's Wife (1936)

Craig's Wife





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In this film, Rosalind 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 loves her, but when Harriet reveals that she is more concerned with her own well-being than her husband's, he leaves her.more
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Classics
Directed By:
Written By: George Kelly, Mary C. McCall Jr.
In Theaters:
Columbia Pictures


Rosalind Russell
as Harriet Craig
John Boles
as Walter Craig
Billie Burke
as Mrs. Frazier
Jane Darwell
as Mrs. Harold
Dorothy Wilson
as Ethel Landreth
Alma Kruger
as Ellen Austen
Thomas Mitchell
as Fergus Passmore
Raymond Walburn
as Billy Birkmire
Elizabeth Risdon
as Mrs. Landreth
Elisabeth Risdon
as Mrs. Landreth
Kathleen Burke
as Adelaide Passmore
Frankie Van
as Cabdriver
Robert (Tex) Allen
as Gene Fredericks
Robert Allen
as Gene Fredericks
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Critic Reviews for Craig's Wife

All Critics (5) | Top Critics (2)

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Full Review… | March 25, 2006
New York Times
Top Critic

The young Rosalind Rusell gives a tour de force performance as the obsessive wife in Dorothy Arzner's 1936 critique of patriarchal culture.

Full Review… | June 11, 2010

An indictment of a system where womanhood is made to deform itself

Full Review… | November 17, 2009

A masterpiece of double meaning, pulled off with wit and verve.

Full Review… | February 10, 2007
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Audience Reviews for Craig's Wife

A film so criminally undervalued and a little forgotten, it's also a much better version of the play than it's glossy and somewhat misogynistic Crawford remake.
It's pioneering director, Dorothy Arzner, was unique in two ways. Not only the only woman director making big studio pics during the Hollywood Golden Age but also a lesbian who made no secret of her sexuality. Most surely a gay icon as well as a feminist one. Her version of Craig's Wife is very much a crack at the male dominated studio system of the time (good on her!!). Arzner's Harriet Craig is also a much more sympathetic character than the one being justly (?!) punished in the remake (which, of course, was produced and directed by men)

William Sleet

Super Reviewer

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