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The Glass Menagerie (1950)

The Glass Menagerie





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Adapted from the play by Tennessee Williams, Glass Menagerie centers around four unhappy people living in a rundown section of St. Louis. Tom, the story's narrator (Arthur Kennedy) is a poetic idealist trapped in a dead-end job, drowning his sorrows in booze. Tom lives with his mother Amanda (Gertrude Lawrence), a faded Southern belle who lives in the past, and with his crippled older sister Laura (Jane Wyman), an intensely shy woman who escapes from reality by keeping a "glass menagerie" of small animal figures. Laura is brought out of her shell by the Gentleman Caller (Kirk Douglas), a coworker of Tom's who relies on bravado and charm to get through life.more
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama
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Written By: Peter Berneis, Tennessee Williams
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Warner Bros.


Jane Wyman
as Laura Wingfield
Kirk Douglas
as Gentleman Caller
Gertrude Lawrence
as Amanda Wingfield
Arthur Kennedy
as Tom Wingfield
John Compton
as Young Man
Gertrude Graner
as Woman Instructor
Sarah Edwards
as Mrs. Miller
Louise Lorimer
as Miss Porter
Sean McClory
as Richard
James Horn
as Caller
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All Critics (3) | Top Critics (1)

Full Review… | February 23, 2012
Top Critic

The Glass Menagerie has a lot going for it, even if director Irving Rapper (Now, Voyager) misses several opportunities to take the characters deeper.

Full Review… | January 5, 2012
Nick's Flick Picks

The first film to be made out of Tennessee Williams play is one oe the weakest; it's still theater and Gertrude Lawrence is miscast in the lead.

Full Review… | March 16, 2011

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