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The Girl in the Red Velvet Swing [VHS] (1955)

Ray Milland , Joan Collins , Richard Fleischer  |  VHS Tape
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Actors: Ray Milland, Joan Collins, Farley Granger, Luther Adler, Cornelia Otis Skinner
  • Directors: Richard Fleischer
  • Writers: Charles Brackett, Walter Reisch
  • Producers: Charles Brackett
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: Castilian
  • Number of tapes: 1
  • Run Time: 109 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000575LB
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #887,008 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
Like a lot of people I first learned the story of Evelyn Nesbit from the movie version of "Ragtime," because I did not read "Ragtime" the novel. However, when it comes to calling Nesbitt "The Girl in the Red Velvet Swing," that is something that I associate with "Ragtime - The Musical." A century later we look back at Nesbit as having been at the heart of what is clearly the first "trial of the century," and can trace a clear line from it through the Scopes Trial, the Lindbergh baby case, the O.J. Simpson trial and a host of others. Nesbit was married to Harry K. Thaw, a rich playboy who had become infamous for such antics as riding a horse up the steps of an exclusive New York club. But Thaw was obsessed by the fact that Evelyn had once had an affair with Stanford White, the most prominent architect in the country. On June 25, 1906, convinced that White was still after Evelyn, Thaw shot White dead in the roof-garden theater at Madison Square Garden. This was the most notorious murder case of that ear with the public eagerly following it in both the "yellow" press and the more reputable newspapers. Nesbit was considered the most beautiful woman in America during the trial and ironically it was a photograph of her that served as the inspiration for Lucy Maud Montgomery's description of her famous literary creation, Anne of Green Gables. Read more ›
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars "Shoot the moon!" October 16, 2007
Ripped from a turn-of-the-century scandal, THE GIRL IN THE RED VELVET SWING is a fascinating movie starring Joan Collins as Evelyn Nesbit, the young showgirl who found herself at the center of the infamous Thaw/White murder trial.

Evelyn Nesbit (Joan Collins) achieves nationwide fame posing for Charles Dana Gibson (Richard Travis), and later becomes romantically linked with famous architect Stanford White (Ray Milland). Unwilling to create a scandal by divorcing his wife, Stanford instead enrols Evelyn in an exclusive boarding school where Evelyn, heartbroken, suffers a nervous breakdown.

Salvation comes in the form of millionaire playboy Harry Kendall-Thaw (Farley Granger). Seeing no other option, Evelyn reluctantly marries him; but his vicious imagination still believes White to be a competitor for Evelyn's love. Their violent relationship comes to a shocking climax when Thaw murders White on the rooftop of Madison Square Garden; Evelyn is then forced to endure a humiliating trial where her personal character is dragged through the mud.

THE GIRL IN THE RED VELVET SWING was originally slated as a musical entitled "The Girl in Pink Tights" and was to have starred Marilyn Monroe as Evelyn Nesbit. When Monroe's casting proved impossible, the premise of the film was changed to a crime drama and Fox starlet Joan Collins landed the plum lead role. Ray Milland offers a keenly-felt performance as Evelyn's fatherly lover White, and shares a great chemistry with Collins. Farley Granger was fabulous at playing unhinged brooding types, and his performance as Thaw is fascinating to watch. The strong cast also includes Cornelia Otis-Skinner, Gale Robbins, Luther Adler and Glenda Farrell. The Edwardian costume and set designs look lush in CinemaScope.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars GIRL IN THE RED VELVET SWING July 15, 2007
One of Farley Granger's best performances highlights this period drama of the Evelyn Nesbit/Harry K. Thaw/Stanford White love and murder triangle. It was an early Cinemascope picture, full of vivid color; i hope the product description is in error when it says they've released it in full screen. If so, don't waste your money; it shows in a letterboxed version of the Fox Movie channel - watch that instead. Otherwise, an interesting, neglected film.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Way Off Base! December 13, 2009
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I am surprised that Evelyn Nesbit gave the green light for this script. She did visit the set (and was paid for story rights), and later her only complaint was that Joan Collins was too British and too busty to play her.

Good grief Evelyn! They changed the facts of the story to Evelyn seducing Stanford White! For godsake, he raped her when she was 16 yr old and passed out from drinking champagne. This movie has him as the victim!

And the movie portrays her mother, and mother-in-law as being kindly women. In reality, her mother through parental neglect (and being financially subsidized by White) allowed White the opportunity to rape Evelyn, and Mrs. Thaw hated Evelyn all of her life.

But -- Joan Collins does have a good resemblance to Evelyn, and the costumes are historically accurate. For that the film gets 3 stars.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Collins Shines as Evelyn Nesbitt August 7, 2007
This splashy Cinemascope feature about the Stanford White-Evelyn Nesbitt-Harry K. Thaw affair has alot to recommend. An intriguing script co-written by Billy Wilder's longtime collaborator, Charles Brackett. The film looks great with sumptuous art direction and costume design and an excellent use of color. Ray Milland is solid as famed architect White. I don't think Milland was capable of a bad performance even in the B-Movie fodder he later toiled in. The real eye opener is Joan Collins who many would dismiss as a second tier Liz Taylor. Her role here requires her to go from a wide-eyed artist's model to a spurned wife of a murderous industrialist and she rises to the challenge. I dock the film a star because I found Farley Granger's Thaw a tad wooden. The direction by Richard Fleischer also meanders at times. If this film were directed by somebody other than the journeyman Fleischer it may have made more of a visceral impact. Instead it's an above average period piece that showcases an up and coming starlet.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great old movie about Evelyn Nesbitt. Just as I remember it from many years ago. Packaging & shipping excellent
Published 23 days ago by Marsha G.
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Very good movie describing the attitudes concerning women in the time.
Published 2 months ago by Diane Helman
5.0 out of 5 stars Great old classic
Old classic.
Published 2 months ago by MLG
4.0 out of 5 stars Great NY History
love old movies and love everything about NY. Sandford White was a great architect. And Harry K Thaw was, well Harry K Thaw
Published 8 months ago by Irene M. Jones
2.0 out of 5 stars A Little Disappointed
My expectations were high for this film because I had read a lot about the true story it was based on and the events were so fascinating. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Jennifer Wells
4.0 out of 5 stars A case of murder I
This movie again did not hold to the truth. I read everything I could get my eyes on about Stanford White, Evelyn Nesbit, and Harry K. Thaw and it was just a lot of fiction. Read more
Published 10 months ago by L. Baker
2.0 out of 5 stars BORING START
The movie starts off very very slow. Than it pickup at the end when Ray Milland is killed. Didn't like it too much. Husband went to sleep while watching it.
Published 13 months ago by Toni Wharton
4.0 out of 5 stars A Pretty Good Story
I was vaguely aware of this incident since Harry K. Thaw was from my city; but I didn't know the details until I saw this film which was more than interesting. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Roberta
4.0 out of 5 stars sad
After watching the movie my husband and I did some more research, very sad story but the movie was good.
Published 20 months ago by Stefanie
4.0 out of 5 stars The Girl in the Red Velvet Swing
Anyone who likes stories based on true events should like this movie. It has a very good cast, and is comprehensible in
the plot and substance.
Published on October 14, 2012 by LeeAnne Peterson
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