Review: ‘The Glass Menagerie’

Spotting Jane Wyman as crippled Laura, Arthur Kennedy as her compassionate brother, Gertrude Lawrence as their frowzy mother and Kirk Douglas as the Gentleman Caller who unwittingly changes their lives, for better or worse, is a casting scoop.

Spotting Jane Wyman as crippled Laura, Arthur Kennedy as her compassionate brother, Gertrude Lawrence as their frowzy mother and Kirk Douglas as the Gentleman Caller who unwittingly changes their lives, for better or worse, is a casting scoop.

Familiar plot [from Tennessee Williams’ play] about the aging southern belle who holds her brood together in a St Louis tenement, only to lose her son when he decides he can take her nagging no longer, unreels engrossingly. Most remarkable is the subtle restraint employed to register Laura’s awakening to the fact that life isn’t a bust just because you’ve got a bum gam.

Kennedy, Wyman and Lawrence fight it out for thesp honors, and it would appear to be a draw.

The Glass Menagerie

Production

Warner. Director Irving Rapper; Producer Jerry Wald, Charles K. Feldman; Screenplay Tennessee Williams, Peter Berneis; Camera Robert Burks; Editor David Weisbart; Music Max Steiner

Crew

(B&W) Extract of a review from 1950. Running time: 106 MIN.

With

Jane Wyman Kirk Douglas Gertrude Lawrence Arthur Kennedy

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