JOAN CRAWFORD MOVIES
“The Hollywood Revue of 1929” “The Women” (1939) Again part of an (1929) A singing-and-dancing Crawford all-star lineup, Crawford played a married wouldn’t be the norm, but she was among the lady having an affair in a comedy-drama MGM stars then under studio contracts who regarded as one of the top movies of a participated in this variety showcase (with bountiful Hollywood year. her scene excerpted decades later for “That’s “Mildred Pierce” (1945) Crawford Entertainment!”). would become an Oscar winner for novelist
James M. Cain’s saga of a mother who “Grand Hotel” (1932) One of
sacrificed virtually everything for the benefit Crawford’s first major hits was this all-star
of her ungrateful daughter (Ann Blyth). classic, its year’s Oscar winner for best
“Possessed” (1947) An Oscar nominee picture, in which she played a business again here, Crawford played a psychiatric tycoon’s mistress. patient struggling to remember how she “Dancing Lady” (1933) Crawford stars came to the desperate state she was found in. as – surprise! – a dancer who interests “Daisy Kenyon” (1947) An artist both a wealthy womanizer (Franchot Tone, (Crawford) involved with a married man later Crawford’s real-life husband) and a (Dana Andrews) ends up turning to a more Broadway director (Clark Gable). supportive war veteran (Henry Fonda). “Autumn Leaves” (1956) Crawford lends dignity to the sudsy story of a woman romanced by a younger man (Cliff Robertson) who may be a danger to her.
“What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?” (1962) Certainly one of Crawford’s most iconic films, director Robert Aldrich’s thriller casts her and Bette Davis as past-theirprime actress siblings who have a bizarre relationship.
“I Saw What You Did” (1965) Though it’s strictly out of the “B”-movie category, producer-director William Castle’s suspense tale has its share of fun as Crawford plays a woman who becomes a party to the antics of crank-calling teens (Sara Lane, Andi Garrett, Sharyl Locke).