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Queen Bee [DVD] [1955] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]


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  • Actors: Joan Crawford, Barry Sullivan, Betsy Palmer, John Ireland, Lucy Marlow
  • Directors: Ranald MacDougall
  • Writers: Ranald MacDougall, Edna L. Lee
  • Producers: Jerry Wald
  • Format: Anamorphic, Black & White, Closed-captioned, Colour, DVD-Video, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, Portuguese, Georgian, Chinese, Thai
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Unrated (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: Sony Pictures
  • DVD Release Date: 18 Dec 2001
  • Run Time: 95 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005RDRP
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 142,069 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Lawyeraau HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 2 Jan 2003
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This is a theatrical drama in which Joan Crawford is cast as the villain. She plays the role of Eva Phillips, a manipulative, rich witch, who thrives on making those around her as miserable as is possible. She is married to Avery, well played by a brooding and dour Barry Sullivan. Avery is a wealthy mill owner who is bitterly unhappy in his marriage and drowns his sorrows with alcohol. Eva is the queen bee and autocratically rules over her hive, and, boy, has she got some sting! Whatever Eva wants, Eva gets, and the hell with anybody else. She is the character that the viewer loves to hate.
Betsy Palmer winsomely plays the role of Carol Lee, Avery's sister. She is engaged to marry her brother's right hand man, Judson Prentiss, played with appropriate melancholic angst by John Ireland. What Betsy is about to find out from Eva about Judson is calculated to hurt her. What Eva does not count on is the fallout that will ultimately encompass her own precious self with tragic results.
Lucy Marlow plays the role of the ingenue, Eva's cousin who has come to stay with her. At first, she is fooled by Eva, but quickly realizes just what a piece of work Eva is. Avery and Eva's cousin fall in love, however, and end up having the last laugh on Eva.
This is a well-acted drama that will delight all Joan Crawford fans, as well as those who love classic films.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Adrian Drew TOP 500 REVIEWER on 10 May 2013
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This is an excellent transfer of a totally over the top melodrama featuring La Crawford at her most deliciously vicious. Very much a "stage" piece which takes place on virtually one sitting room set, the film is still great fun and should certainly please aficionados of the great diva! With Joan Crawford other leading cast members are:-
Barry Sullivan, Betsy Palmer, John Ireland and Lucy Marlow
The DVD's release date was Dec 2001 - so this is not a new transfer.
Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
Subtitles: English / Spanish / Portuguese / Georgian / Chinese / Thai
Region code is stated as Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only) although many Warner releases are actually multi-region.
Studio: Sony Pictures
Run Time: 95 minutes
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Raphael on 10 July 2011
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After the noir of MILDRED PIERCE, the Technicolor of TORCH SONG and the trousers of JOHNNY GUITAR, whither La Crawford? To a vehicle constructed for her by writer/director Ranald MacDougall. Our Joan is in top form as a wealthy and beauteous matriarch whose pathological control issues almost devastate her already-dysfunctional household. She moves from scene to scene, by turns charming and venomous, sporting gowns by Jean Louis and an eye-popping array of jewelry. Hardly pausing to spit out the scenery she has chewed, she then devours the supporting cast- with the honourable exceptions of Betsy Palmer as her high-strung sister-in-law, and King Kong's former sweetheart Fay Wray, who gives an effective cameo.The male leads are no match for Joan in the testosterone stakes, and the ingenue was obviously cast because she was almost pretty.
This is melodrama without stint- rather how DYNASTY might have played had it been written by Tennessee Williams - and so its pleasures might be spoiled by a plot summary, but not to be missed if you are a fan of Crawford, Camp or grisly Southern Gothic.Queen Bee [DVD] [1955] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful By R. Poole on 25 Aug 2012
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This really should have been a "B" picture, its trite enough for gawds sake.Over ripe acting and over ripe dialogue have made this film a bit of a cult camp classic for people who like that sort of "so bad its good" thing.You can see whats going to happen a mile off and Ms Crawford definately dosnt believe in the adage "less is more" here.I found it alright to watch once but its really not worth watching again.The only really memorable part (for this viewer anyway)was where she comes down the central staircase in an outrageous Jean Louis creation right near the films end (which did raise a laugh from this viewer). So if the gown was the only bit i find to like. well then. that about sums this film up .A bit like a Tennesee Williams type play but written by a 1rst year drama student .
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47 of 49 people found the following review helpful
Float Like a Butterfly, Sting Like a Queen Bee 28 May 2002
By Sandy McLendon - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
A dozen years after her M-G-M contemporaries had settled into their involuntary and disgruntled retirements, Joan Crawford was still in the game. Her "Queen Bee" is not the world's greatest movie, but it's not the worst either, not by a long shot.
Crawford plays Eva Phillips, doyenne of an Atlanta mansion and married to a facially scarred husband she's nicknamed Beauty, which gives a glimmer of how twisted Eva is. Eva gets her kicks out of manipulating hubby, her old lover, her old lover's fiancee (who is Beauty's sister- this is a very close family, if you know what I mean, and I'm sure you do), and dear cousin Jennifer. Crawford also has two pre-adolescent kids, a biological coup for a fiftyish woman in 1955, when this movie was made.
Much has been said and written about Crawford's scenery-chewing in this one, but it's interestingly done. La Suprema Joan uses the movie as a showcase for all the acting tricks she had so painfully acquired over thirty years in front of the camera. So polished had she become, she's able to convey menace simply by entering a room with a smile on her face. And when she gets mean, no one is meaner, as the rest of the cast finds out by slow degrees. Crawford causes one character to commit suicide, and she has a little tour-de-force moment when Eva learns what has happened. She's seated in front of her dressing table, creaming her face, and suddenly, chillingly, loses it when she hears the news. Both the script and the actress have the intelligence to refrain from explaining the reaction. Is she horrified by what she's done? Is she terrified that she has the capacity to do it? Is she just putting on an act expected of her? We don't know, and it's to Crawford's credit that she is able to communicate the ambiguity in the middle of a bit of Grand Guignol.
Most other actors in the cast take their cues from Crawford, acting more floridly than they ever had before or ever would again. Barry Sullivan and John Ireland do well by the husband and the lover, respectively. Betsy Palmer attempts to stand up to Crawford's acting and to assume a Southern accent: both efforts were doomed to failure. The great and underutilised Fay Wray plays a Southern belle whom Eva bested in the race to see who could get Beauty to the altar first; she's lost her mind over it, and Wray's portrayal is touching, if overdrawn. The one cast member who comes out smelling like a rose is Lucy Marlow, whose arrival as a guest sets the movie's plot spinning; Marlow is the one natural and unaffected thing in the cast, and in the movie.
The camp aspects of the film are many, not least of which is Crawford's appearance -- wigged, sporting Kabuki-like makeup, and corseted so sternly Playtex should have gotten screen credit. Her wardrobe's a delight, with one knockout Jean Louis strapless in black velvet with a white satin fishtail, and more jewellery than you could shake a stick at, much of it Crawford's own. The Southern mansion in which all the action takes place is more lavish than anything really found in 1955 Atlanta (I'm from there, and the Coca-Cola heirs don't live this well), but it's properly grand and creepy.
Watch this for what it is- a camp classic. Appreciate it for something else, as well. Crawford was the one star of her generation to have the studio system figured out so well, she was able to survive and prosper during its demise. "Queen Bee" may just look like fun to us today, but it's also a document of how hard one actress fought to keep working in the years when the lights were going out on soundstage after soundstage, all over Hollywood. Crawford may be the most villainous villainess ever on-camera, but her performance also reminds us of how ruthlessly she kicked aside the wreckage that was 1950's Tinseltown, and rose above it to get the one thing she wanted above all else: to stay a star.
30 of 33 people found the following review helpful
Oh, Joan.... 19 Oct 2003
By Review Lover - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
Joan Crawford was many things. Underrated actress, major star, shrewd businesswoman and questionable mother, and it's in this 1955 homage to all things overstated, that we see her play each of these parts in turn.
As the arch-manipulator Eva Philips, Joan excels for a number of reasons: She's clearly the only capable actor in this otherwise awful movie (although John Ireland's performance is very good), and looks absolutely spellbinding in all of her glorious costumes (custom-made by designer Jean-Louis). In fact, if it wasn't for the indomitable Miss Crawford's formulaic scenery-chewing this film would probably never have been converted to VHS, much less DVD.
Anyway, trapped in a loveless marriage to a bitter alcoholic, Joan sets about destroying all happiness around her, craving power and attention as her only means of comfort. Her cousin Jennifer Stewart (played in the most woeful manner by the consummately irritating Lucy Marlow)comes to stay and all hell breaks loose as Joan tries her damndest to break up her sister-in-law's engagement to her ex-lover Judson Prentiss (Ireland).
Memorable scenes are when Joan learns of their engagement ('Isn't it REVOLTING??!!?'), Joan getting out of a dinner party engagement (nobody does phone like Joan!), and Joan viciously slapping her idiot cousin Jennifer (clearly a real slap, and clearly in response to Marlow's woeful 'acting').
This is not a film for film-lovers. It's strictly for lovers of camp, Joan Crawford and gorgeous divadom. For comedy value it can't be beat.
14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
50s Melodrama At Its Finest!! 2 Feb 2006
By Silver Screen - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
Being an unapologetic Joan Crawford fan, I could enjoy just about any cinematic drivel she has appeared in (and I'm sure I have). While Queen Bee isn't drivel, it's no Mildred Pierce either - - but I loved it all the same!

Joan plays Eva Phillips and although she is probably a good 10-15 years older than the scriptwriter envisioned, she still looks remarkable. She is married (unhappily as we will find out) to the alcoholic Avery, whom she stole away from the sweet Sue (played too briefly by Fay Wray).

The movie revolves around Eva and Avery's unhappy union, her chasing of Judson, who is enamored of her sister-in-law Carol and with whom she had an affair some years back, and Eva's annoyingly meek cousin Jennifer who has just arrived at their southern mansion. Soon, the fur is flying, Joan is wearing some fabulous Jean Louis designs and the witty barbs are everywhere.

The only weak part of the movie is Jennifer, who is so cowardly and timid, it's a hard sell to think that she's even remotely related to Eva. Seeing her cowering and tearing up over Eva raising her voice just makes me want to cheer when Eva finally slaps the daylights out of the girl.

But one weak character aside, the movie is a fun and exciting 1950s soap opera -- and seeing Eva take out her frustrations with a riding crop is worth the price of the movie itself!

Definitely a 5 star movie!!
16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
Gothic Crawford 30 Nov 2006
By J. Kara Russell - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
This was one of Joan Crawford's last Glamour Queen movie roles, before she started doing horror films and TV, and this part itself is transitional, as she plays a legendary beauty, pathological in her manipulations of the people around her. Despite the huge 1950s eyebrows that could be seen on Joan, Audrey Hepburn, Kim Novak, and others during this period, and the weird heart shaped hairdo, Joan remains both a beauty and a really compelling and totally invested actress. This was after Joan did POSSESSED and proved she could both underplay and play full tilt. Here she plays a woman so deeply dishonest that she is unconvincing in every emotion - we don't even know if she believes any of this herself.

The real stand out performance of this film is Barry Sullivan as Joan's physically and emotionally scarred husband. He is completely believable in a roller coaster role. The prototype of the sexy damaged man.

The film itself is average, the script is soap opera predictable, and the biggest mystery (how he got scar) is never revealed, only hinted at. Despite Joan's title character and her entrance-making Jean Louis wardrobe, this really is an ensemble piece, and everyone does a good solid job in this Southern gothic potboiler. The "town and country" set of this film feels both ostentatiously grand and a little too cramped and small, and that is a good way of describing the whole thing.
21 of 25 people found the following review helpful
JOAN CRAWFORD IS THE QUEEN BEE... 4 Dec 2001
By Lawyeraau - Published on Amazon.com
This is a stagey drama in which Joan Crawford is cast as the villainess. She plays the role of Eva Phillips, a manipulative, rich witch, who thrives on making those around her as miserable as is possible. She is married to Avery, well played by a brooding and dour Barry Sullivan. Avery is a wealthy mill owner who is bitterly unhappy in his marriage and drowns his sorrows with alcohol. Eva is the queen bee and autocratically rules over her hive, and, boy, has she got some sting! Whatever Eva wants, Eva gets, and the hell with anybody else. She is the character that the viewer loves to hate.
Betsy Palmer winsomely plays the role of Carol Lee, Avery's sister. She is engaged to marry her brother's right hand man, Judson Prentiss, played with appropriate melancholic angst by John Ireland. What Betsy is about to find out from Eva about Judson is calculated to hurt her. What Eva does not count on is the fallout that will ultimately encompass her own precious self with tragic results.
Lucy Marlow plays the role of the ingenue, Eva's cousin who has come to stay with her. At first, she is fooled by Eva, but quickly realizes just what a piece of work Eva is. Avery and Eva's cousin fall in love, however, and end up having the last laugh on Eva.
This is a well acted drama that will delight all Joan Crawford fans, as well as those who love classic films.
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