The Cobweb

The Cobweb

Richard Widmark
Director: Vincente Minnelli Cast: Richard Widmark
Richard Widmark
, Lauren Bacall
Lauren Bacall
, Charles Boyer
Charles Boyer
Vincente Minnelli

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William Gibson's novel The Cobweb was brought to the screen by MGM with an impressive, hand-picked cast. Richard Widmark plays the head of a posh psychiatric clinic. Widmark's wife Gloria Grahame jockeys for the honor of selecting new drapes for the hospital's library. One wouldn't think that such a trivial decision would spark so much melodrama; but thanks to those drapes, we are allowed to probe the disturbed psyches of martinet business affairs director Lillian Gish, philandering doctor Charles Boyer, lonely activities director Lauren Bacall, and suicidal patient John Kerr. Oscar Levant, who spent most of his life in and out of "little white rooms," is ideally cast as a neurotic musician, while Fay Wray has a superb cameo as Boyer's long-suffering wife. Cobweb served as the screen debuts for both John Kerr and Susan Strasberg.

Product Details

Release Date: 01/18/2011
UPC: 0883316311516
Original Release: 1955
Source: Warner Archives
Time: 2:04:00
Sales rank: 12,156

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Richard Widmark Dr. Stewart McIver
Lauren Bacall Meg Faversen Rinehart
Charles Boyer Dr. Douglas N. Devanal
Gloria Grahame Karen McIver
Lillian Gish Victoria Inch
John Kerr Steven W. Holte
Susan Strasberg Sue Brett
Oscar Levant Mr. Capp
Tommy Rettig Mark
Paul Stewart Dr. Otto Wolff
Jarma Lewis Lois DeMuth
Adele Jergens Miss Cobb
Edgar Stehli Mr. Holcomb
Sandy Descher Rosemary
Bert Freed Abe Irwin
Mabel Albertson Regina Mitchell-Smythe
Fay Wray Edna Devanal
Oliver Blake Curly
Olive Carey Mrs. O'Brien
Eve McVeagh Shirley
Virginia Christine Sally
Jan Arvan Mr. Appleton
Ruth Clifford Mrs. Jenkins
Myra Marsh Miss Gavney
James Westerfield James Petlee
Marjorie Bennett Sadie
Stuart Holmes Mr. Wictz
Dayton Lummis Actor

Technical Credits
Vincente Minnelli Director
George Folsey Cinematographer
William Gibson Screenwriter
John Houseman Producer
Harold Kress Editor
John Paxton Screenwriter
Leonard Rosenman Score Composer

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