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Joan Crawford - In The Fifties DVD

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Turner Classic Movies and Sony Home Entertainment present Joan Crawford in the 1950s; four signature melodramas that demonstrate the star's enduring appeal as a formidable dramatic actress. Presented for the first time on DVD, these four films have been fully restored and re-mastered and offer a fascinating glimpse of the three-time Oscar® nominated actress in her post-Warner Brothers years when she revived her career to become a top box-office star at Columbia studios.

HARRIET CRAIG (1950)
Based on the Broadway hit Craig's Wife by George Kelly, this is the third film version of the Pulitzer Prize-winning play. Joan Crawford, in the title role, plays a materialistic housewife whose neurotic perfectionism alienates her friends and threatens to destroy her marriage. Directed by Vincent Sherman, this compelling psychological portrait of a woman who married for security and control co-stars Wendell Corey, Lucille Watson and Allyn Joslyn.

QUEEN BEE (1955)
An Academy Award® nominee for Best Cinematography and Best Costume Design, QUEEN BEE (1955) is the story of a manipulative socialite in Georgia who tries to control the lives of those around her to disastrous effect. In the tradition of a Southern Gothic melodrama by Tennessee Williams, this movie provides a showcase for Crawford's most aggressive, scheming seductress since her role in The Women (1939) and features memorable supporting roles for Barry Sullivan, Betsy Palmer, John Ireland and Fay Wray.

AUTUMN LEAVES (1956)
Featuring a theme song sung by Nat King Cole, AUTUMN LEAVES (1956) is a dark romantic drama about a lonely spinster who falls in love with a younger man with severe mental problems. Among her later films, Crawford said, "This was one of my favorite pictures," and felt it was "the best film of its type ever made." Directed by Robert Aldrich (What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?, 1962), the film also features Vera Miles, Lorne Greene and Cliff Robertson in his first major leading man role after a memorable supporting part in Picnic (1955) the previous year.

THE STORY OF ESTHER COSTELLO (1957)
Produced and directed by David Miller, who guided Crawford to a third Oscar® nomination for Best Actress in Sudden Fear (1952), this stylish soap opera is the story of a wealthy divorcee who devotes herself to helping a deaf and blind girl while fending off charlatans who want to exploit the teenager. Filmed on location in England, the movie was honored at several international film festivals and Heather Sears, in the title role, was nominated for a Golden Globe® award for Best Supporting Actress. Rossano Brazzi co-stars and the superb cinematography is by Robert Krasker (The Third Man, 1949).
Technical Specs
  • Format: DVD - Boxed Set
  • Rating: Not Rated
  • Number of Discs: 4
  • Run Time: 397 Minutes
  • Region: 1 Region?
  • Aspect Ratio: Widescreen / Fullscreen
  • Studio: Sony Pictures
  • DVD Release Date: November 5, 2012
  • Audio: Stereo
  • Includes:

    Digital Bonus Features on the DVD Include:
    • Introduction by Ben Mankiewicz
    • Digital Image Gallery
      - Behind the Scenes Photo(s)
      - Publicity Stills
      - Scene Still(s)
      - Lobby Card(s)
      - Movie Poster(s)
      - Publicity Art
      - Biography/TCM Article(s)
Reviews
12 Reviews
4.1

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4.1

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Pros

  • Engaging characters (10)
  • Entertaining (8)
  • Great cinematography (5)
  • High production value (4)
  • Original (3)

Cons

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  • Perfect gift (5)
  • Adult viewers (4)
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4.0

very good collection

By peter

from Canada

About Me Movie Buff

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Pros

  • Engaging Characters
  • Good Storie
  • High Production Value
  • Original

Cons

    Best Uses

    • At Home
    • Perfect Gift

    Comments about this product:

    i play them all on a blueray player
    even the normal dvds look so much better

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Crawford Worth TCM's Flawed Packaging

    By Josef the Joan Freak

    from Southeastern US

    About Me Movie Buff

    Pros

    • Engaging Characters
    • Entertaining
    • Great Cinematography
    • High Production Value

    Cons

    • Disappointing

    Best Uses

    • Adult Viewers
    • At Home
    • Perfect Gift

    Comments about this product:

    Even from grave, Crawford rises above modern messed up box collections. This is the worst CD storage layout I have ever seen; removing the discs without damaging them is virtually impossible: (I read a review warning me about this and I was VERY careful when I got my own shipment. I still damaged one disc, even being aware of the possibilty). TCM: You get an F for this outlay...

    (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    50's Were the Best for Joan Crawford

    By Gail

    from Boaz, Alabama

    About Me Movie Buff

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    Pros

    • Engaging Characters
    • Entertaining
    • Great Fun

    Cons

    • Poor packaging

    Best Uses

    • Adult Viewers
    • At Home
    • Perfect Gift

    Comments about this product:

    I love this era for Joan Crawford and this DVD contains some of my favorite movies. Queen Bee and Craig's Wife are Crawford at her best (maybe because she doesn't have to act). I have some of her earlier work, but these movies from the fifties are definitely my favorites. The case for this product is very aggravating, however. I almost broke one of the dvd's getting it out and didn't dare lodge it back in for fear of doing so next time. One disc stacks on top of the other and you have to pry it out - poor conception. So now I just have them loose in the beautiful cover. Please take note TCM.

    (3 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

     
    3.0

    poor shipping UPS to USPS problems

    By strat

    from d.c.

    About Me Movie Buff

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    Pros

    • Engaging Characters

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about this product:

        Take Usps out of shipping chain . Created problems. I will not order from TCM again because of this.

        (3 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Joan in the 50s

        By DaisyKenyon

        from Orange County, CA

        About Me Movie Buff

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Engaging Characters
        • Entertaining
        • Great Cinematography

        Cons

        • Harriet Craig

        Best Uses

        • At Home

        Comments about this product:

        If you like Autumn Leaves, buy the set,
        Autumn Leaves and Queen Bee are
        essential Joan movies and well worth getting
        Joan in the 50s for.

        I liked Esther Costello, some people don't.
        I find Joan very beautiful and elegant in
        this film and also thought she acted well with
        Heather Sears.

        The only drawback for me was Harriet Craig,
        I felt like Joan was sleep-walking thru the film
        and I just didn't care for her character or the story. zzzzzzzz

        (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Fantastic

        By None

        from Delaware

        About Me Movie Buff

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Engaging Characters
        • Entertaining
        • Great Cinematography
        • High Production Value
        • Informative
        • Original

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • At Home
          • Perfect Gift

          Comments about this product:

          The movies are my kind of movies. Joan Crawford is a wonderful actress Love her

          (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

           
          1.0

          BAD PACKAGING

          By ALAN IN THE ALLEY

          from NYC

          About Me Movie Buff

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                Comments about this product:

                NOT HER BEST PERIOD, BUT OK
                POOR PACKAGING/AWFUL PLASTIC HOLDERS MAKE IT DIFFICULT FOR PURCHASERS TO REMOVE DISCS WITHOUT DAMAGING/THESE STARS DESERVE INDIVIDUAL SLIPCASES AND INFO ON EACH DISC/WEAK SPECIAL FEATURES

                (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Wow

                By Holychurch

                from Fayetteville, AR

                About Me Movie Buff

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Engaging Characters
                • Entertaining

                Cons

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                  • Adult Viewers
                  • At Home
                  • Perfect Gift

                  Comments about this product:

                  Best Crawford collection available.

                  (5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Joan Crawford Fans, REJOICE!!!

                  By AttilaTheSub

                  from Beverly Hills, CA

                  About Me Movie Buff

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Engaging Characters
                  • Entertaining
                  • Great Cinematography
                  • High Production Value
                  • Informative
                  • Movies Are Pristine
                  • Original

                  Cons

                  • Packaging Too Tight

                  Best Uses

                  • Adult Viewers
                  • At Home
                  • Fans Hollywood Classics
                  • Younger Viewers

                  Comments about this product:

                  These movies haven't looked this good, probably since they played originally (before I was born). These are movies we who are fans of Joan Crawford have been waiting for, for years. Joan at her best. Do not wait. These must be added to your collection.

                  (8 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  A must-have for Joanie fans!!

                  By Dolcebella

                  from Redlands, CA

                  About Me Movie Buff

                  Pros

                  • Beautiful costumes
                  • Engaging Characters
                  • Entertaining
                  • Great Cinematography
                  • Great dialogue
                  • Sheer Evilness

                  Cons

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                      Comments about this product:

                      I've been waiting for Autumn Leaves and Harriet Craig for several years!! Great packaging concept.

                      (5 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      4.0

                      "Classics are the best Movies"

                      By fullfigurefine

                      from Houston, Texas

                      About Me Movie Buff

                      Pros

                      • Entertaining

                      Cons

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                        • At Home

                        Comments about this product:

                        Girls classic movie marathon day.

                        (15 of 20 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        4.0

                        Three out of four ain't bad

                        By Toga Gal

                        from Saratoga NY

                        About Me Movie Buff

                        Pros

                        • Engaging Characters

                        Cons

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                          • At Home

                          Comments about this product:

                          Three out of four ain't bad. Queen Bee and Harriet Craig are first rate Crawford. You want to take her into the parking lot and slap her for being so manipulative. Autumn Leaves is good,but a downer. Do not like the last film at all. Somehow it just does not work for me. The price is right so that if you , like me, do not like one film, still a good buy.

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