The neuroses of the staff and patients in a psychiatric clinic serve for drama in this filmization of William Gibson's novel, The Cobweb.

The neuroses of the staff and patients in a psychiatric clinic serve for drama in this filmization of William Gibson’s novel, The Cobweb.

The screenplay gives a wordy account of the controversy developed around the hanging of a new set of drapes in the clinic’s library, and the reactions of staff and patients sometime make wonder if identities should not be reversed. Gloria Grahame, the neglected wife of Richard Widmark, top doc at the clinic, wants to select the drapes. Lillian Gish, waspish old maid who directs the clinic’s business affairs, wants to use cheap muslin to save money. Widmark wants John Kerr, young patient with a suicide complex, to design the drapes.

Screen newcomers Kerr and Susan Strasberg, fellow patient, are responsible for one of the few touching sequences in the film – the simple act of his looking after her on a trip to a film theater has a great deal of heart, an ingredient generally lacking in the footage.

The Cobweb

Production

M-G-M. Director Vincente Minnelli; Producer John Houseman; Screenplay John Paxton, William Gibson; Camera George Folsey; Editor Harold F. Kress; Music Leonard Rosenman

Crew

(Color) Widescreen. Available on DVD. Extract of a review from 1955. Running time: 122 MIN.

With

Richard Widmark Lauren Bacall Charles Boyer Gloria Grahame Lillian Gish John Kerr
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