Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Harriet Craig

I briefly mentioned the Joan Crawford movie Harriet Craig back in July. I mentioned then that it was a remake of the 1936 movie Craig's Wife. The two movie are airing back-to-back on January 7. The original, starring Rosalind Russell, airs at 7:45 AM ET; the Joan Crawford remake follows at 9:15 AM.

I personally prefer the Joan Crawford version, if only because Crawford was so good at reaching over the top and playing nasty, shrewish, manipulative characters like Harriet Craig. Crawford seemed to make a career of it after leaving MGM, and while the result is often movies that are campy, if only because of Crawford's acting style, it's also never less than fun.

Harriet Craig is not on DVD, so if you want to watch it, you'll have to tune in tomorrow. If you do want to see more of that over-the-top Crawford, you could do worse than to find the DVD of Queen Bee.

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