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Spain released, PAL/Region 2 DVD: it WILL NOT play on standard US DVD player. You need multi-region PAL/NTSC DVD player to view it in USA/Canada: LANGUAGES: English ( Mono ), Spanish ( Mono ), Portuguese ( Subtitles ), SPECIAL FEATURES: Interactive Menu, Scene Access, SYNOPSIS: Harriet Craig is the third film version of George Kelly's Pulitzer Prize-winning play Craig's Wife. Joan Crawford stars as the title character, a thoroughly selfish woman who prizes her house and her possessions above all else. Harriet Craig is even willing to spoil the business opportunities of her husband Walter (Wendell Corey) to avoid losing her precious home. When her self-involvement causes turbulence in the romantic life of her cousin (K.T. Stevens), and when her husband's eyes are finally opened to his wife's true nature, Harriet Craig is at long last hoist on her own petard. ...Harriet Craig

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  • Actors: Joan Crawford, Wendell Corey, Lucile Watson, Allyn Joslyn, William Bishop
  • Directors: Vincent Sherman
  • Producers: Harriet Craig
  • Format: Import, PAL
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0), Spanish (Dolby Digital 2.0)
  • Subtitles: Portuguese
  • Region: Region 2 (Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Columbia
  • Run Time: 94.00 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001EBUOKA
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #320,414 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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34 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Lawyeraau HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on December 2, 2001
Format: VHS Tape
This is an engrossing film of a cold, calculating, and manipulative woman, Harriet Craig, who is married to Walter Craig, a very nice man who adores her. She lives in an impeccably appointed mansion with him, has two servants, and a poor relation, Claire, who caters to her every whim. Life should be great. Wrong!
Harriet is not happy, unless she is able to control everyone and everything around her. A regular martinet and perfectionist, she is cruel to the servants and totally self absorbed. If something does not revolve around Harriet, then it is of no import. She stops at nothing to get what she wants, even if it means destroying those who love her.
Harriet keeps her husband on a short lease, and he is so besotted by her that, at first, he does not even notice. She is a master at maintaining her own status quo. Then, one day she goes too far. Walter is going get a long awaited promotion that will require him to travel abroad. As this does not fit in with Harriet's plans, she surreptitiously moves heaven and earth to quash the promotion. At first, Walter is puzzled by his change of circumstances, but when he discovers Harriet's treachery, no more Mr. Nice Guy.
Joan Crawford is magnificent as the cold, implacable, and shrewish Harriet. Wendell Corey is wonderful as the besotted husband, who has his kind heart ripped out by his wife's perfidy. Look for a wonderful performance by the delightful Lucille Watson, as the perceptive wife of Walter's boss. While Harriet may have fooled everyone else, she certainly did not fool her.
This is a wonderful film that all Joan Crawford fans will love. Aficionados of classic films will, likewise, enjoy it. Bravo!
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Simon Davis on October 10, 2002
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"Harriet Craig" is a startling and awe inspiring movie which is dominated from beginning to end by Joan Crawford in a standout performance as the character of the title, a cold and calculating woman used to getting her own way in all things. Never was a role more tailor made for an actress than this one and it is a tribute to Joan Crawford's great (and often underrated) talent that she manages to pull it off and add extra dimension to an otherwise unlikeable character.
This film was based on the stage play and previous movie starring Rosalind Russell called "Craig's Wife" and deals with a domineering and manipulative woman who runs her beautifully furnished home like an army base and also controls the lives of her husband and servants as she sees fit. Despite having everything in life to make her happy Harriet is only content when she has people to herself, namely her Husband Walter played superbly by Wendall Corey and her cousin Clare (KT Stevens). What transpires is in a way a very sad tale of a woman who by her perfectionism destroys everything she ever had.
Despite being the monster she undoubtedly is there is one scene were Harriet retells some of her childhood history and it goes along way towards explaining her current manical behaviour. Joan Crawford is always superb in playing anguished women forced into hazardous situations. Here she is in her element as she manages to stop Walter obtaining a great job promotion to Japan to keep him with her, manages to break up Clare's relationship with Wes Millar, Walter's assistant and stricks terror into all her staff when they fail to meet her impossibly high standards.
Wendall Corey, an often underrated actor, is excellent in the role of Harriet's besotted husband who ultimately learns the hard way about Harriet's calculating ways.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Desiree on May 6, 2007
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If you're a fan of Joan Crawford, this was one of her best movies! I paid a fortune for the videotape because the movie has not been released on dvd. I think I've seen just about every Joan Crawford movie ever made, and this is my all time favorite. It's a must for any Joan Crawford fan!
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 3, 1999
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The play "Craig's Wife"(title of an earlier movie version with Roz Russell) may have been a daring-for-its-day look at a phenomenon of Depression-era America's upwardly-mobile middle class: the empty shell of a woman for whom position and appearance mean everything. (Mary Tyler Moore played an updated version in "Ordinary People.") But when Crawford the control-freak assumed the role, it took on grotesque dimensions -- down to her 1950 hairdo that looks like an Oreo with a bite out of it. This is one role Crawford played that must have been completely natural to her -- the narcissistic despot of "Mommie Dearest." (And with tired old Wendell Corey as her spouse and foil, she steals every scene.) Still, it's fun to watch this cool schemer get her comeuppance -- but, when she regally ascends her spiral staircase in the last shot, alone among the splendor of her possessions, you wonder who has won after all.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 5, 1999
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Wow! What a great film! If you enjoy Joan Crawford, you'll love this film. She is at her manipulative best, controlling everyone around her. Who would complain when it is Joan Crawford? Highly recommended Crawford film!
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 11, 2004
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Wow, I have not bought a movie tape since 96 and I can only hope that this movie will be released to DVD. I recently purchased this movie on VHS and I have to say that I was amazed about the performance that Joan delivers here. Her usually over the top dramatic acting is toned down a lot. Yet it gives you a cold shiver when you see her running that house. The calculating moves she pulls off to keep her life the way it is are revolting and evil. One can only feel sorry for her, since she alienates everyone and everything around her by doing so. I personally feel that this movie was one of her best performances. Yet it seems to be little known.
Although when you watch Mommie Dearest you'll understand where they got their material from. The Ming Vase has to be exactly where Joan ..... sorry Harriet wants it.
This is a fun movie to watch. After that put in Mommie Dearest and start comparing!
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