Queen Bee (1955)





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Queen Bee offers a stinging portrait of a mad, manipulative woman and chronicles her downfall and that of those around her in this dark drama. On first meeting, Eva Phillips (portrayed with delicious viciousness by Joan Crawford) is the epitome of Southern graciousness and charm. She and her husband, a textile magnate live together in a splendiferous Georgian plantation. Unfortunately, while others are easily beguiled by Mrs. Phillips, her husband knows what a ruthless she-devil she really is and loathes her. To cope with the pain of living with her, he has taken to drinking heavily. Trouble follows when the horrible Eva learns that her husband's sister is engaged to marry the manager of the estate, a man she once loved. Like the proverbial dog in the manger, Eva does all she can to destroy the relationship so she can have the manager back for herself. Unfortunately, she goes too far.
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Joan Crawford
as Eva Phillips
Barry Sullivan
as Avery 'Beauty' Phillips
Betsy Palmer
as Carol Lee Phillips
John Ireland
as Judson Prentiss
Lucy Marlow
as Jennifer Stewart
William Leslie
as Ty McKinnon
Fay Wray
as Sue McKinnon
Katherine Anderson
as Miss Breen
Linda Bennett
as Trissa
Willa Pearl Curtis
as Miss George
Olan Soule
as Dr. Pearson
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About as much fun as being stung by a bee.

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August 22, 2003
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Audience Reviews for Queen Bee

Never come between me and my liquor. You'll get knocked down. Eva Phillips is a southern socialite that can be charming one moment and manipulative and conniving the next. She invites a distant niece to come live with her and join in her games. What her niece finds is that most people can't stand her but she struggles to understand why. Will the niece defend and save Eva or join the minions trying to bring her down? "I've been very rude?" "Oh, no. Not very." "Good, then I don't have to apologize." Ranald MacDougall, director of Man on Fire (1957): The World, The Flesh, and The Devil; The Subterraneans; Go Naked in the World; and Cockeyed Cowboys of Calico County, delivers Queen Bee. The storyline for this picture is unpredictable and contains wonderfully intricate characters. I adored watching the plot unfold and the cast delivers wonderful performances. The cast includes Joan Crawford, John Ireland, Betsy Palmer, and Fay Wray. "I don't like you." "Well, I like you." I have become fond of Crawford pictures. She isn't particularly pretty but she does have an awkward sense of unpredictability about all of her characters. She can be ruthless and generous in the same gesture. Her smiles can be authentic and fake at the same time. I find her characters extremely intriguing and definitely entertaining. This movie is another entertaining Crawford picture that I strongly recommend seeing once. "Your turn will come. She'll sting you one day." Grade: B+

Kevin Robbins
Kevin Robbins

Evil, Cruel, must be the center of Attention, sound familiar? Queen Bee wasn't much of a stretch for Crawford, who was also known to do whatever it took to get what she wants.Maybe that is why she ROCKED this Role, she was just being herself.

Marilee Aschwanden
Marilee Aschwanden

Queen Bee, starring Joan Crawford from 1955 is tailor made for the actress. Joan Craford plays Eva whom has a loveless marriage and family members loathing her from her cold as ice persona. She will do whatever it takes to be the bell of the ball. If you are a fan of Joan Crawford's you will really enjoy this classic that seems to have all the making's of a true classic Crawford drama.

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