Theodore Dreiser's novel of another era, Sister Carrie, has been given a literal adaptation for films and the result is a sometimes mawkish, frequently dated drama. As just plain Carrie, with such stars as Jennifer Jones and Laurence Olivier, it is a somber, low-key entertainment.

Theodore Dreiser’s novel of another era, Sister Carrie, has been given a literal adaptation for films and the result is a sometimes mawkish, frequently dated drama. As just plain Carrie, with such stars as Jennifer Jones and Laurence Olivier, it is a somber, low-key entertainment.

Carrie is the turn-of-the-century story of the small-town girl who goes to Chicago to make good. It is the story of her meeting a traveling salesman and of how he becomes her ‘benefactor’. The big love of her life, however, is the manager of a swank restaurant whom she meets while living with the salesman.

Jones gives one of the bright performances of her career. For Olivier, it is a role that gives him little opportunity for shading or dramatic intensity. Eddie Albert is excellent as the traveling salesman.

1952: Nominations: Best B&W Costume Design, B&W Art Direction

Carrie

Production

Paramount. Director William Wyler; Producer William Wyler; Screenplay Ruth Goetz, Augustus Goetz; Camera Victor Milner; Editor Robert Swink; Music David Raksin;; Art Director Hal Pereira, Roland Anderson

Crew

(B&W) Available on VHS, DVD. Extract of a review from 1952. Running time: 118 MIN.

With

Laurence Olivier Jennifer Jones Eddie Albert Miriam Hopkins Basil Ruysdael Ray Teal
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