First screened in February 1998 / Most recently screened in December 2015
Director: Irving Rapper. Cast: Bette Davis, Paul Henreid, Claude Rains, Gladys Cooper, Janis Wilson, Ilka Chase, John Loder, Katharine Alexander, Bonita Granville, Lee Patrick, James Rennie, Franklin Pangborn, Mary Wickes, Elspeth Dudgeon, Tod Andrews, Donald Douglas, Reed Hadley, Frank Puglia, Constance Purdy. Screenplay: Casey Robinson (based on the novel by Olive Higgins Prouty). Twitter Capsule:
Absurd more than once, yet excitingly strung between lamenting and endorsing the heroine's obsession. Unlikely coup.
Tremendous influence and risk. A synthesis of ardor and neurosis like few before or since. A document of Momism. A milestone in the braiding of maternalism, love, and pathology.