Joan Crawford was an American actress who is listed among the top 10 actresses of all time by the ‘American Film Institute’. She made her acting debut in the silent movie ‘Lady of the Night’ (1925), but her breakthrough role came in ‘The Unknown’ (1927). ‘Our Dancing Daughters’ (1928) and ‘Untamed’ (1929) achieved commercial and critical success.
She then signed a contract with Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer and went on to star in some of her most successful movies including, ‘Possessed’ (1931), ‘Dancing Lady’ (1933), ‘Love on the Run’ (1936), and ‘Strange Cargo’ (1940). Unfortunately, she also starred in ‘The Bride Wore Red’ (1937) and ‘Mannequin’ (1938) which were her biggest box office failures.
Joan Crawford left MGM and signed a contract with Warner Brothers in 1943. This was a turning point in her career as she won her first ‘Academy Award’ for ‘Mildred Pierce’ (1945). She earned two more ‘Oscar’ nominations for ‘Possessed’ (1947) and ‘Sudden Fear’ (1952). Some of her top-grossing movies around this period were ‘Flamingo Road’ (1949), ‘Goodbye, My Fancy’ (1951), and ‘What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?’ (1962). Her career dropped after that and her last movie was ‘Trog’ (1970).
Former child star Jane Hudson is now left to care for her wheelchair bound sister Blanche, who is also a former child actress. While Blanche plans revenge on Jane, for the car crash years ago, that left her crippled, Jane plans to keep her sister imprisoned as she also plans a new rise to fame.
Jessie Cassidy plans to escape the poverty at her home and pushes her boyfriend Eddie Miller to marry her. But Eddie is a crook and convinces Jessie to work as a shopgirl. When shipping tycoon John L. Hennessey falls in love with Jessie, Eddie proposes a devious plan to steal Hennessey’s money.
To her boyfriend’s dismay, a successful novelist falls in love with her married publisher and decides to marry him by luring him away from his wife. To her, this is the only logical thing to do. However, her boyfriend thinks otherwise and to win her back, he arranges a meeting between the two ladies; the publisher’s wife and the novelist.
Jeff Williams has been in love with his best-friend Mary Clay ever since they were children. But Mary is marrying their other best friend Dill Todd. When Dill runs away the night before the wedding and marries Connie Barnes, Jeff finally has a chance of winning Mary’s heart. But Mary still has feelings for Dill.
This is a silent romantic drama film focusing on a convict’s daughter, who earns her living as a taxi dancer. Saved from an unwanted advance by a friend of her boyfriend, she falls for him. Also in love with him is the daughter of the judge who sent her father to prison 18 years ago.
Tired of her fast life, Olivia Ridley, a New York night club dancer, agrees to marry Harry Linden, a wealthy farmer from Wisconsin, a match not at all approved by Henry’s dominating sister, Hannah. Nonetheless, they get married and move to the farm, where Olivia faces opposition from Hannah. To make matter worse, her brother-in-law falls in love with her, while his wife becomes her ally.
With the loss of their entire fortune in a stock market crash and father’s sudden death, former socialites Bonnie and Rodney Jordan must now work to earn their living. While Bonnie becomes a cub journalist, Rodney joins a bootlegger gang, little knowing that one day she will be asked to investigate a murder he has committed under duress.
Richard Field is unable to marry his secretary Diane Lovering because his wife Louise refuses to divorce him. He sends Diane on a cruise to weigh her options but she falls in love with Mike Bradley on the cruise. She returns to New York, with the intention of breaking things up with Richard, but Richard proposes to her.
Two rival journalists, Mike and Barney, are given two boring assignments. One is to cover the wedding of a millionairess while the other is to interview an aviator couple. The plot takes up a drastic turn when the millionairess bride runs away from the wedding venue with Mike in her toe. Eventually they lead a merry chase across Europe with the aviator couple and Barney following them.
Margaret Landi’s marriage is almost over. On a visit to her birthplace in Ireland, she meets a teenager called Esther, who has been left deaf, mute and blind by a terrible accident. Rich and lonely, Margaret brings Esther back to her home in Boston and becomes a mother figure to her until her greedy and womanizing husband reenters her home.
To prove that there is no basic difference between a peasant and an aristocrat, Count Armalia sends club singer Anni to an upper class resort hotel in the Alps, where she must masquerade as his wealthy friend. There she meets Rudi Pal, one of Armalia’s snobbish friends. Although engaged to another aristocrat, Rudi falls in love with Anni. Anni too begins to take her role much too seriously.
Based on a 1937 play by Rachel Crothers, the 1940 comedy-drama film Susan and God follows the story of a society matron who discovers a new religious movement and becomes a changed woman. The drastic change in her personality affects the relationships around her.
Young British woman, Diana Boyce Smith, is engaged to Lt. Claude Hope, serving as a British naval officer during World War I. When Diana’s estate in Kent, is bought by American Richard Bogard, she and Richard fall in love. However, the war and Diana’s commitment to Claude will change their lives forever.
This historical fiction based on Samuel Hopkins Adams 1934 novel - The Gorgeous Hussy - centres around Peggy Eaton, an inn keeper’s daughter, who works her way up and gains influence in the White House during the tenure of President Andrew Jackson. The friendship generates huge controversy and results in trouble for both.
This 1931 short film revolves around the stolen pearls of Norma Shearer. After the theft, a detective is sent to interrogate the party guests, most of which are famous Hollywood stars.
Marcia Townsend completely believes in loyalty towards one’s partner, which Jim agrees with; but Marcia is interested in womanizing playboy Sheridan Warren. Even after their marriage, Sherry continues with his philandering and is unrepentant about it. Marcia turns tables on him by throwing a society party where she invites Sherry’s girlfriends and declares her intentions of being unfaithful, which finally cures Sherry.
The story revolves around a socialite bored with her life in New York and an adventurous Irish archeologist, whom she meets on a trip to Greece. Although ill suited to each other, they fall in love and he follows her to New York, where her social life makes him uneasy. Yet, they become engaged to be married. But will they finally marry?
After a cabaret performer is dumped her boyfriend, who is a travelling salesman, she decides to join the Salvation Army to find solace.
Talented ice-skater Larry Hall falls for and marries inexpert Mary McKay, thus jeopardizing his career. Mary gets a film contract which forbids her to marry, so they keep their marriage a secret. When Mary becomes a star, out-of-work Larry goes to New York to produce ice follicles show which is a huge success. Will their careers allow them a life of togetherness?
Joan Crawford Awards
|Mildred Pierce||Best Actress in a Leading Role||1946|