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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.

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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 ... Clerk
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

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
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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

The original Broadway stage play "The Glass Menagerie" by Tennessee Williams opened at the Playhouse Theatre on Mar 31, 1945 and ran for 563 performances. 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 »

Soundtracks

The Kiss Waltz
(uncredited)
Music by Joseph A. Burke
Played when Tom shows Laura the scarf trick
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My First impression of Gertrude Lawrence
1 March 2012 | by howardmorleySee all my reviews

I readily defer to the previous specialist American users, some of whom were taught Tennesee Williams (TW) in high school and are familiar with his prose and style.It was certainly the first time I had seen Getrude Lawrence on film although I have often heard her praises spoken by the likes of the late Noel Coward.We Brits seem to portray US southern belles quite well (most notably Vivien Leigh in her famous incarnation of Scarlet O'Hara).Yes, I quite enjoyed this film and awarded it 6/10, above average.

I note the learn-ed comments from certain American reviewers about the prevailing censorship then and changes to the author's stage text, not to mention TW's gay proclivities.I thought however it was a "cop out" to give Jane Wyman a "gentleman caller", (not in the original text apparently) in the last scene, when her brother had joined the US Merchant Marine and Kirk Douglas had rejoined his fiancée.

How social attitudes and times have changed over the last 70 years or so in society.Nowadays there is womens liberation, no gay/race discrimination, equal work rights for women with men and better and more enlightened school education, especially on the pernicious effects of smoking; so we must always have before us what the social context in the 40s was like before condemning this TW play with the benefit of hindsight.


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