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I really enjoyed the movie Claudelle,I really felt for Caudelle's father whom was an example of true love at it's finest. He loved his wife for better or for worse.
- kevin sellers
Pretty good, until the end, which is just too damn Southern Grand Guignol for my taste. I mean, ok, Constance Ford leaves. She's been whining about it throughout the movie, so yeah, I buy that. But then Frank Overton's store owner turns homicidal maniac, on top of being a lecher? Come on, Leonard Freeman. Do your homework as a screenwriter. If you're gonna have Overton whack Claudelle, then at least foreshadow the guy's craziness. Or better yet, leave us with a glimmer of hope, for God's sake. Do we have to punish the "trampy" girl by killing her? I mean, it's the 60s, for cryin out loud. The Hays Office is about to pack up and leave town for good. Better to have Claudelle and her dad simply do the same. And on the way out of town Claudelle can yearn for more "presents" from guys. That way, you have a bittersweet ending, without throwing credibility out the window. Anyway, up until the stupid ending, the movie's kinda fun, in a raunchy, compassionate, Erskine Caldwell kinda way. And Diane McBain is quite good in the title role. I agree with the previous reviewer that she has the ability to convey loss and pain without a lot of undue histrionics. Ironically, though, for an early 60s blonde babe type, she's least convincing when she's being seductive. I also liked Arthur Kennedy as the dirt poor but wise dad (a typical Caldwell character) and Ford as the disgruntled mom. And Claude Akins, one of the great redneck character actors (almost as good as Strother Martin) is perfect as another middle aged man with a lech for Claudelle. Let's give it a B minus.
Worth Viewing: A glimpse of 1960s life
If for no other reason this film is worth viewing at least once for all of the 1960s values it exhibits. It shows a slice of life during that time from the point of view of a young girl betrayed and what she did in response. It may not be the "best movie ever" but certainly worth the time to explore how life and its choices were se very limited, especially for women.
Great Movie, very different from all the other movies on TCM.
Good Girl Gone Grown
- Patricia Butler
This is an amazing film! It's not "B" at all. It's beautifully and sensitively produced and McBain is amazing! Taylor nor Kelly could have achieved the multitudinous layers and shading she brought to this character. They'd have commented on such a character and therefore distanced themselves from her. McBain imbues Claudelle with incredible intelligence and pathos. The agonizing pain of emotional separation is one of the most difficult things to translate to film. Watch McBain's wordless scene on the bed after she receives the Dear Jane - it's supremely effective. The passage at the bedroom window with the boy she needs to assure her that she is "...pretty all over..." makes it clear that she is most desirous of the self affirmation she believes she must receive as a result of her sexual power over men. The cinematic take of the 'presents' Arthur Kennedy discovers in Claudelle's bedroom, like so many trophies garnered by a star athlete, is haunting. They cannot blot out the pain and humiliation of the first, lost love. I could go on, and I may, one day. Claudelle Inglish warrants a dissertation paper. Any takers?
I like this movie she was hurt so bad that she just kept the hurt going to herself and every one that admired her
Ending anti climatic
- John Wesley
D storyline became weaker as the movie wore on. Not much character development; it kinda just plodded on, leaving one hoping for more but never really getting it. It almost had a film noir quality to it.
Claudelle Inglish, cautionary tale.
The lack of conscience or self protectiveness in Claudelle lays bare a personality made all the more tragic by the reaction of the other flawed characters around her. Where is a good psychologist when you need one? Too bad for Claudelle, she had to act out with all of her neighbors in a small town in 1961. Today, she could have snuck off to exercise her almost psychopatic romantic needs through Craigslist or Adult Friend Finder. Seriously, The movie, to the story's credit weaves a web of deceit, exploitation and naivete between a host of dysfunctional participants who all seem powerless to avoid the social tsumami that builds mercilessly until it washes over the viewer with the terminality of Claudelle's last gasp. This movie displays a raw glimpse of human weakness without the affectedness of "entertainment" that an A-list movie would have embued it with. It hits hard. It brought to my palate flavors of Hitchcock, The Crucible or Delores Claiborne.
- Debbie Parker
This is the first time I have seen Claudelle Inglis. Very interesting indeed. Small town farm community, a young girl who was hurt and trying to find her way. All she wanted was to feel loved! Her mamma feeling a little lonely, too! I love this old Black and Whites.
Claudelle lesson to us.
I thought the movie was very interesting, what hurt people will some times do to others because of what was done to her.Very very intresting but sometimes true.
Diane McBain Should Have Been A Major Star
- David Atkins
Diane McBain was touted at WB as a new leading lady. Lovely looking Diane stars in this Gordon Douglas film along with the WB stock company of players, Chad Everett, John Logan,Will Hutchins, etc. Diane in interviews said she beat out Carroll Baker and also WB contract player Shirley Knight for the role of Claudelle Inglish.Gordon Douglas made many a fine movie and this is one of them. Enjoyable.Diane McBain went on to make A Distant Trumpet with Troy Donahue, Mary, Mary with Debbie Reynolds and then left WB. Natalie Wood was the #1 Female star at WB at the time and Connie Stevens and Dorothy Provine also had strong acting assignments, likely Diane McBain just could not get enough work at WB. Diane was announced for Natalie Wood'sSex And the Single Girl, but quit the film and the movies.
Dear lovers of this film ,Claudelle Inglish is one of my favorite B movies of that era . I've been looking for this film for about eight years , and I found someone on the internet , who had taped it on television one late night . I later found someone who had it on dvd . I think this would be a great remake if done right , and very sinister with an element of horror to follow . I also read the book .The book has some surprizes as well .Anyone who loved this film , feel free to email me at email@example.com and we all can dream of what would it be like to befriend Claudelle Inglish .Sincerely , Gary K. Smith
GOOD, BUT HOKIE BABY BOOMER MOVIE
AS A BABY BOOMER, I ENJOYED THIS MOVIEIN MY TEENIE BOOPER YEARS. WOULD LOVETO WATCH THIS AGAIN ON CD.