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Craigs Wife (film)

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Director  Dorothy Arzner
Screenplay  Mary C. McCall, Jr.
Country  United States
7.2/10 IMDb

Genre  Drama
Language  English
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Release date  September 25, 1936 (1936-09-25)
Based on  Craigs Wife 1925 play  by George Kelly
Writer  Mary C. McCall Jr. (screenplay), George Kelly (play)
Music director  Reginald Hazeltine Bassett, Milan Roder, Emil Gerstenberger
Cast  Rosalind Russell (Harriet Craig), John Boles (Walter Craig), Billie Burke (Mrs. Frazier), Jane Darwell (Mrs. Harold), Dorothy Wilson (Ethel Landreth), Alma Kruger (Ellen Austen)
Similar movies  Related Dorothy Arzner movies

Craig's Wife is a 1936 drama film starring Rosalind Russell as a domineering wife. It was based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning Broadway play of the same name by George Kelly (the uncle of Grace Kelly), and directed by Dorothy Arzner. Former MGM star William Haines was the film's production designer. Previously filmed in 1928, Craig's Wife was remade in 1950 as Harriet Craig, rewritten (and updated) as a vehicle for Joan Crawford and co-starring Wendell Corey.


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The plot centers on twenty-four hours in the life of Harriet Craig (Rosalind Russell), and the home life she has created for herself and her husband. Harriet values material things more than her husband and goes to great lengths to protect her life as she has created it, regardless of what the outcomes are to those around her. The story's message is stated by the Craig's housekeeper, Mrs. Harold (Jane Darwell), who says, "Those who live to themselves, are left to themselves," as one by one, all her disgusted family and servants abandon her, leaving her entirely on her own.


  • Rosalind Russell as Harriet Craig
  • John Boles as Walter Craig
  • Billie Burke as Mrs. Frazier
  • Jane Darwell as Mrs. Harold
  • Dorothy Wilson as Ethel Landreth
  • Alma Kruger as Ellen Austen
  • Thomas Mitchell as Fergus Passmore
  • Raymond Walburn as Billy Birkmire
  • Elisabeth Risdon as Mrs. Landreth
  • Robert Allen as Gene Fredericks
  • Nydia Westman as Mazie
  • Kathleen Burke as Adelaide Passmore
  • George Offerman, Jr. as Tom
  • Reception

  • Louella Parsons wrote, "How well I remember 'Craig's Wife," a typical woman's play, and it's smart business therefore not only to sign Rosalind, but to hand the direction over to Dorothy Arzner, the only woman director in the business."
  • "The supporting cast of 'Craig's Wife' is one of the strongest ever to be assembled in one picture."
  • "This dynamic drama, baring the life of all womankind, is a screen triumph no wife or sweetheart dare miss! ... The play that electrified Broadway and won the Pulitzer prize, now lays bare the heart of a woman and her consuming passion!"
  • "'Craig's Wife' is likely to appeal chiefly to women audiences and to attract attention mainly from those who demand that their movies be intelligent. It deserves better treatment than that for it is well made and excellently played."
  • References

    Craig's Wife (film) Wikipedia
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