The Cobweb

77
  • NR
  • Genre(s): Drama
  • Release year: 1955
  • Running time: 134 min
Step inside "the Castle," a large private psychiatric facility. Here, Dr. Stewart McIver (Richard Widmark) devotes night and day to his profession while neglecting his pining, voluptuous wife (Gloria Grahame). A colleague (Charles Boyer) with a fondness... read more
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Step inside "the Castle," a large private psychiatric facility. Here, Dr. Stewart McIver (Richard Widmark) devotes night and day to his profession while neglecting his pining, voluptuous wife (Gloria Grahame). A colleague (Charles Boyer) with a fondness for booze and a pretty face seeks to comfort the wife. Now add Lauren Bacall, Lillian Gish, John Kerr, Susan Strasberg, Oscar Levant and subplots of love, life and derangement and you have the entanglements of The Cobweb. Some critics gleefully skewered the film's labored storyline about patient involvement in the choice of library draperies, but pay no heed. With its top cast and Vincente Minnelli's command of color and melodrama, this film is popcorn for fans of soaps.

Original Release

06/07/1955

US Release

06/07/1955

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Cast

Richard Widmark Dr. Stewart 'Mac' McIver
Lauren Bacall Meg Faversen Rinehart
Charles Boyer Dr. Douglas N. Devanal
Gloria Grahame Karen McIver
Lillian Gish Victoria Inch
Susan Strasberg Sue Brett
John Kerr Steven W. Holte
Oscar Levant Mr. Capp
Paul Stewart Dr. Otto Wolff
Jarma Lewis Lois Y. Demuth
(see additional cast & crew)

Directors

Vincente Minnelli

Writers

John Paxton, William Gibson

Cast

Richard Widmark Dr. Stewart 'Mac' McIver
Lauren Bacall Meg Faversen Rinehart
Charles Boyer Dr. Douglas N. Devanal
Gloria Grahame Karen McIver
Lillian Gish Victoria Inch
Susan Strasberg Sue Brett
John Kerr Steven W. Holte
Oscar Levant Mr. Capp
Paul Stewart Dr. Otto Wolff
Jarma Lewis Lois Y. Demuth
Adele Jergens Miss Cobb
Edgar Stehli Mr. Holcomb
Sandy Descher Rosemary McIver
Bert Freed Abe Irwin
Mabel Albertson Regina Mitchell-Smyth
Fay Wray Edna Devanal
Oliver Blake Curly
Olive Carey Mrs. O'Brien - Nurse
Eve McVeagh Mrs. Shirley Irwin
Tommy Rettig Mark McIver / Mark

Producers

Editors

Harold F. Kress, Conrad A. Nervig

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