The Goddess (1958)





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In this film, Kim Stanley plays an impoverished young woman who aspires to be a movie star. She marries a washed-up athlete who becomes fiercely jealous of her sex appeal. She sleeps her way to the top, then finds that her success is hollow.
Classics , Drama
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Columbia Pictures


Kim Stanley
as Emily Ann Faulkner
Lloyd Bridges
as Dutch Seymour
Steven Hill
as John Tower
Steve Hill
as John Tower
Patty Duke
as Emily Ann Faulkner (age 8)
Gerald Petrarca
as Minister
Linda Soma
as Bridesmaid
Curt Conway
as Writer
Joan Linville
as Joanna
Bert Freed
as Lester Brackman
Donald McKee
as R.M. Lucas
Elizabeth Wilson
as Secretary
Chris Flanagan
as Emily Ann Faulkner (age 4)
Mike O'Dowd
as First Man
Sid Raymond
as Second Man
Margaret Brayton
as Mrs. Woolsy
Werner Klemperer
as Joe Wilsey
Fred Herrick
as The Elder
Gail Haworth
as Emily's Daughter
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June 16, 2005

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Overdone performance by Kim Stanley detracts from an otherwise excellently crafted 50s-noir about a love-starved and self-destructive Hollywood starlet. The film was written by Paddy Chayefsky, and some of the monologues in the film are top-notch. Nice, albeit all-too-brief performances by Patty Duke (in her first big-screen appearance) and Steven Hill as Stanley's first husband.

Matt Gilbert
Matt Gilbert

(VHS) (First Viewing, 2nd Cromwell film) An endlessly mined concept (the neurotic actress who watches her life go down the tubes) and rather disjointed Paddy Chayefsky script is saved by the exceptional work of Kim Stanley. The story is supposedly based on Marilyn Monroe's turbulant personal life, but unfortunately it's just not fleshed out enough to be very illuminating, though there are several powerful moments where the writing and acting meld to devestating effect. Kim Stanley was such a remarkable actress, it's a shame that she didn't make more films. I've only seen her performances in [b]Séance on a Wet Afternoon[/b] and now [b]The Goddess[/b], but she's already personal favorite actor of mine. Steven Hill, a founding member of the Actor's Studio but probably most famous for his role in TV's [i]Law and Order[/i], is quite sympathetic as Stanley's tortured first husband; Lloyd Bridges appears to lesser effect as her rather dim second. So not necessarily an important movie, or even that great of one, but as a fan of Ms. Stanley's, I'm very glad I saw it.

Jesse Last
Jesse Last

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