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Queen Bee (1955)

Not Rated | | Drama, Romance | 7 November 1955 (USA)
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A young woman arrives at the home of her socialite cousin, and soon finds herself sucked into the woman's complex web of deceit.

Director:

Ranald MacDougall

Writers:

Ranald MacDougall (screenplay), Edna L. Lee (novel) (as Edna Lee)
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Nominated for 2 Oscars. See more awards »

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Complete credited cast:
Joan Crawford ... Eva Phillips
Barry Sullivan ... Avery Phillips
Betsy Palmer ... Carol Lee Phillips
John Ireland ... Jud Prentiss
Lucy Marlow ... Jennifer Stewart
William Leslie ... Ty McKinnon
Fay Wray ... Sue McKinnon
Katherine Anderson Katherine Anderson ... Miss Breen
Tim Hovey ... Ted Phillips
Linda Bennett Linda Bennett ... Trissa Phillips
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Eva Phillips is a Southern socialite whose manipulation and ruthlessness ruins the lives of everyone around her. The question is, will anyone be able to stop her? Written by Kelly

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She's so excitingly good . . . when she's so wonderfully bad! See more »

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Drama | Romance

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Although the American Film Institute's on-line catalog of feature films lists Juanita Moore in the uncredited role of the Maid, Moore does not appear in this film; either her scenes were deleted, or she was replaced by another lesser known, unidentified actress, who appears only briefly near the end of the film. See more »

Goofs

When Eva is talking to Jennifer before taking a bath, the glass doors surrounding the tub go from clear to totally steamed over instantly between shots. See more »

Quotes

Judson Prentiss: You're like some fancy kind of disease. I had it once - now I'm immune.
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Referenced in Die, Mommie, Die! (2003) See more »

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The Big Buzz Of Joan Crawford's Prevailing Star-Power
15 February 2014 | by strong-122-478885See all my reviews

Favorite Movie Quote - "My, Carol, you look so sweet. Even in those tacky, old riding clothes."

Watch Out! - Queen Bee is a virtual hornet's nest!

In Queen Bee, Joan Crawford (all eye-brow pencil and trademark bow-tie mouth) is undoubtedly the whole show here, lock, stock and barrel.

With great gusto, Crawford plays "queen bee" Eva Phillips, a ruthless, manipulative man-eater, full of jealousy and rage, who viciously ruins the lives of everyone around her.

Crawford, in the final "high-diva" stage of her career, almost single-handedly managed to turn this piece of 1955 melodrama into a camp and unintentionally hilarious romp down "Soap Opera" lane.

Containing lots of biting, backstabbing dialogue, Queen Bee (in its own satisfying way) is an ultimate soap opera of bitter bickering and self-centered family squabbling where Joan Crawford (in very good form) gives it her best shot as she triumphantly slaps faces, trashes a bedroom and dresses to the absolute nines (all very nicely executed for perfect effect).

For Crawford, films like "Strait-Jacket" and "Whatever Happened To Baby Jane?" would soon be waiting for her just around the corner.

Filmed in glossy b&w, Queen Bee was expertly directed by Ranald MacDougall whose other films included Man On Fire, The World, the Flesh, and the Devil, and Go Naked In The World. This film featured a strong supporting cast headlined by Barry Sullivan, Betsy Palmer and John Ireland.

Bzzzzzzzzzzz!


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 November 1955 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

La abeja reina See more »

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Columbia Pictures See more »
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Mono (Western Electric Recording)

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1.85 : 1
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