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Bette Davis herself acknowledged that Crawford had a great face. Never has it been more celebrated than in this film.Like looking at a slightly off center pearl, and the profile...! Cuckor outdid himself directing this strange film that was at once dated and daring. Had Mayer not been busy promoting Garson as his next "discovery" Crawford might have had a chance to improve her lot at MGM. Instead, she was hurried out after two more box office misfires. On she went to Warner, where she showed Davis the door. The rest is history... watch Deception and Humoresque back to back and see how the dance played out... Back to Crawford's face, the makeup and hair departments had a lot to do with her progressively grotesque appearance. Too bad, but it's hard to place blame on any story that had the name Hollywood associated with it.
If you want evil, cast Veidt.
Most film buffs would immediately recognize Veidt as the Nazi Major from Casablanca. But he was a pussycat compared to his character from A WOMEN'S FACE. This not so well known film as an A star cast with supporting stars. Veidt plays a child killer to inherit his family wealth, and attempts to have Joan Crawford as his accomplice. She plays a character almost as nasty as Veidt's, but at least we can sympathize with her personality because she has a horrible scar which affects her life, until meeting Melvyn Douglas, who happens to be a plastic surgeon and out the goodness of his heart, decides to help fix her scars. The plot may sound even more bizarre when the meeting takes place in Douglas's home, where Crawford has come to extract blackmail from the good doctor's wife, who has beauty and a sheltered life, but not enough men. The film's location is not your ordinary setting, but a mine in Northern Sweden. Veidt is the younger brother of an hereditary family that owns an ore mine, castle, and has a grandson set to inherit it all as the direct descendant over Viedt, who would gain it all if the child is killed. Hence the main plot. Crawford at first agrees to kill the child, but is won over by the young heir, Douglas, who happens to be an invited guest for Christmas and realizes the plot. The ending is also not your average car chase but a sled ride in which Veidt gets shot and killed by Crawford, who goes before a Swedish Court. The Swedish Judicial System is different than ours. With Veidt out of the picture, the rest of the film has its expected happy ending with everyone getting their just desserts.--
A Woman's Face
When will TCM show this film again. Joan's fans want to watch it and it has not been on in years.
A woman`s true face
Joan Crawford... her performance in this melts my heart, especially her inner struggles. But words are meaningless and forgetable, you need to see it and feel it, its the only way...
Interesting Choice by TCM
I'm undecided about whether I believe this film is a classic or not. That's why I think it's an interesting choice TCM made to broadcast it. Perhaps I'll need to watch it again before I can decide. I wouldn't say it was one of Miss Crawford's better performances, but it's certainly not her worst.
Crawford at her MGM peak
- Joseph Aa Crddeo
Why Joan Crawford was not nominated for an Academy Award in this magnificent performance is a mystery yet one that is fully explainable. Greer Garson was starting her ascendencey to the MGM throne as first lady replacing Norma Shearer. Louis B. Mayer who was the indisputable head of MGM never liked movies that had dark, somber, sinister themes such as A WOMAN'S FACE. He was very much against Crawford taking on such unsympathetic roles as this one or Crystal Allen in THE WOMEN. It would stand to reason that Mr. Mayer did not back Crawford in her bid for an Oscar and since the movie did not do phenomanally at the box office he didn't feel it worth the effort of promoting Crawford for an Oscar whereas Gree Garson was starring in the family oriented film BLOSSOMS IN THE DUST which was much better suited to Mr. Mayer's sensibilities and which performed very well at the box office thereby warranting his support of Garson when it came time to showing his support at Oscar time. So Garson got the bid for MGM's best actress instead of Crawford. It is a shame, because whenever Crawford branches out and does superlative work outside the MGM stereotype of what she should be she is never supported byt the hierarchy. This is one of her greatest performances heralding the wonderful work she would later do at Warner Borthers. Brava Joan. You may not have been appreciated in your time but those in the know are thorougly aware of your great, great contribution to cinema actin and art.
One of Crawford's best...
Joan Crawford's A Woman's Face is one of her greatest preformances. A must-see for Crawford and classic movie fans. Suprisingly, like most of Joan Crawford's MGM movies, it is not available on DVD. Classic movie distributers should release her better movies, instead most of her DVD movies are her poorer roles such as Trog and I Saw What You Did. Hopefully soon, a second Joan Crawford box set will be released with her earlier MGM movies and her greater preformances.