This was such a great movie. Joan Crawford did a wonderful job playing the queen bee lol
Released in 1955 - "Queen Bee" tells a rather unpleasant tale which concerns wealthy socialite, Eva Phillips, a vain, selfish and manipulative, middle-aged woman who you'll just love to hate.
Caught up in a tangled, vicious web of lies, deceit and scandal, Eva (who dominates all within the elegant surroundings of her posh, Georgian mansion) goes well out of her way to control the lives of those around her to disastrous effect.
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 as Eva Phillips (who is 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 the perfect effect).
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.
Read her daughter's book
"Mommy Dearest" ! An eye opener.
Hi Jazee, and no your opinion of Joan might be alot more acurate than you think. I also get that impression when I watch a film of hers, referring to the types of roles she played and how she came across in interviews. Sad if this is the case because Crawford was an enduring legend and would be bad to know that it was all a facade.
Now is it just me, or was Joan Crawford a real bitch. Everything i've seen her in, she plays and old bitter manipulative woman? This was a great movie tho, about how one person can play puppet master to a whole slew of folks. I think they could do a real good horror remake of this one. It's chilling at times. Greatly acted and written well.
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