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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)
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13 Reviews
4.1

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4.1

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  • Engaging characters (11)
  • Entertaining (9)
  • Great cinematography (6)
  • High production value (4)
  • Original (3)

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4.0

Joan Crawford - In The Fifties

By JoanFan

from Los Angeles, CA

About Me Movie Buff

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Engaging Characters
  • Entertaining
  • Great Cinematography

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Adult Viewers
    • At Home
    • Perfect Gift
    • Younger Viewers

    Comments about this product:

    The DVD was shipped in good condition. I was excited to see all of these great films restored and digitized.

     
    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

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      • 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
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      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

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          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

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          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

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                  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

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                  Pros

                  • Engaging Characters
                  • Entertaining

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • 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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