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The Glass Menagerie (1950)

Approved | | Drama | 23 February 1951 (Finland)
Merchant marine officer Tom Wingfield reminisces about his life in St. Louis where he had lived with his nagging mother Amanda and crippled shy sister Laura.

Director:

Irving Rapper

Writers:

Peter Berneis (screenplay), Tennessee Williams (play) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Jane Wyman ... Laura Wingfield
Kirk Douglas ... Jim O'Connor
Gertrude Lawrence ... Amanda Wingfield
Arthur Kennedy ... Tom Wingfield
Ralph Sanford ... Mendoza
Ann Tyrrell Ann Tyrrell ... Clerk
John Compton John Compton ... Young Man
Gertrude Graner Gertrude Graner ... Instructor
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Storyline

This first movie version of the Tennessee Williams play about a faded, aging Southern belle, her shy, crippled daughter and her "selfish dreamer" of a son more or less sticks to the original story, except for a compromise ending which strives to be more upbeat. Written by Eugene Kim <genekim@concentric.net>

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Four Academy Award predictions! Jane Wyman, Kirk Douglas, Gertrude Lawrence, Arthur Kennedy

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Country:

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Language:

English

Release Date:

23 February 1951 (Finland) See more »

Also Known As:

Algemas de Cristal See more »

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Budget:

$1,357,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Tallulah Bankhead auditioned for Amanda,and director Irving Rapper called her screen test "the greatest performance" he had ever seen. Bankhead had promised not to drink during shooting, but Warner Bros. chief Jack L. Warner was fed up with Errol Flynn's drinking and refused to give the actress the part. See more »

Quotes

Jim O'Connor: Ah, when you first meet Mendoza, you don't like him. But, when you get to know him, you hate him.
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Connections

Version of Television Theater: Szklana menazeria (1963) See more »

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Smiles
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Music by Lee S. Roberts
Played on the phonograph when Laura is holding the unicorn
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Lawrence nails her southern accent in this Tennessee Williams film
2 September 2018 | by SimonJackSee all my reviews

Gertrude Lawrence only made 13 films in her career, but she was beloved for her stage performances in England and on Broadway. The English-born actress does a fantastic job with her southern accent as Amanda Wingfield. She plays the perfect nagging yet doting mother in "The Glass Menagerie."

Jane Wyman plays her daughter, Laura, and Arthur Kennedy is her son, Tom. The cast of this first film of the play is rounded out with Kirk Douglas as Jim O'Connor and Ralph Sanford as Mendoza. With this superb cast, this may be the best film rendition of the Tennessee Williams story on which the film is based.

One drawback is its revised ending that leaves a question in the viewers mind. So, what eventually happened to Amanda and Laura? And, I agree with observations by some that the effort to make Lawrence appear younger is a negative. Especially when she gets dolled up for the dinner evening with their guest, Jim O'Connor.

Lawrence was well liked by audiences as a dramatic and comedy performer. Besides the stage and films, she played nightclubs and sang. She won a Tony for her starring role in the original Broadway production of "The King and I" opposite Yul Brynner.

But, Lawrence made so few films, that there aren't many examples of her acting talent available otherwise. This version of "The Glass Menagerie" may be the best example for movie buffs to see a performance by this fine British star of stage and screen.

Lawrence died at age 52 of cancer. She lived a high life, well beyond her substantial means, and was deeply in debt most of her life.

Here's a favorite line from the film. Jim O'Connor, Ah, when you first meet Mendoza, you don't like him. But, when you get to know him, you hate him."


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