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The Shining Hour
Wonderful cast. Characters to love and ones to hate. This is perfect soap. Joan Crawford has never been more beautiful. The supporting cast was genuine and offered great performances. This is a well developed story with a couple of really riveting moments.
There are some excellent performances in this film, not the least of which is Joan Crawford's in the days before she forgot how to act and emoted instead. Crawford is quite good and believable here and her supporting actors are wonderful. The idea of generations of family living in one home handed down generation to generation makes me ill but it has certainly made for a lot of Hollywood films that delved into the family dynamic in these situations and this film is one of those. Fay Bainter is perfection in her role as the bitter sister of Melvyn Douglas who will not accept his new wife - or any wife, for that matter -because she interferes with the domination of her brother and her place as the matriarch of the family. I like this film. It is melodramatic in parts of it but it is still very good and worth watching.
MGM studio system cream of the crop
- Jarrod McDonald
Where else do you get Crawford, Young, Douglas, Sullavan, McDaniel and Bainter in the same picture? This one. The stars are all great, and the story is well-plotted. I like the fact that Bainter's character gets away with arson. And we know that Crawford's vixen will probably take up with one of the farm hands when she gets back from her honeymoon with Douglas. And Young's character will probably never stop loving Crawford, even though he's married to Sullavan. It's grand soap opera. But it's wonderful and a viewer can't help but savor these juicy scenes with these actors in their prime.