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Della (1964)

Approved | | Drama
A man trying to negotiate a property deal with a wealthy but reclusive widow becomes romantically involved with the woman's unhinged daughter.

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Robert Gist
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Paul Burke ... Barney Stafford
Charles Bickford ... Hugh Stafford
Joan Crawford ... Della
Richard Carlson ... David Stafford
Diane Baker ... Jenny Chappell
Robert Sampson ... Joel Stafford
Otto Kruger ... Walter Garrick
James Noah ... Chris Stafford
Marianna Case Marianna Case ... Addie Stafford
Sara Taft Sara Taft ... Mrs. Kyle
Walter Woolf King ... Sam Jordon
Barney Phillips ... Eric Kline
Voltaire Perkins Voltaire Perkins ... Herb Foster
Richard Bull ... Mark Nodella
Jan Shepard Jan Shepard ... Secretary
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Storyline

Della Chappell (Joan Crawford) is a very wealthy and incredibly reclusive woman. When a big company wants the land Della lives on, the town sends out Barney Stafford (Paul Burke) to talk to her. She invites Barney over to negotiate the proposal. Barney soon takes a liking to Della's equally reclusive daughter Jenny Chappell (Diane Baker). After spending some time with Jenny, he realizes that Della has a dark secret, one that keeps them from the outside world. Written by Joan Crawford & William Castle

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Also Known As:

Fatal Confinement See more »

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Four Star Productions See more »
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Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

After it failed to be picked up as a series, the film received a limited theatrical release in the United States. It quickly vanished, before resurfacing on VHS years later, and occasionally being aired on television, the medium it was originally intended for. See more »

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MISS Crawford powers her way through and over everyone in sight
31 January 2014 | by jjnxn-1See all my reviews

Not terribly involving drama but worth catching for some of the cast. It might be a minor film but it's a major star vehicle for Joan.

Unlike the low grade horror films she finished her career in where everything including her wardrobe was on the cheap every effort is made to make her look as glamorous as possible. In every instance the walls and surrounding decor compliment Crawford's hair, make up and clothing making sure she dominates the scene. As befits a grande dame of a certain age there are scenes where the soft focus on her is so strong she actually appears hazy! With gravity defying hair and a total command of the screen she is never less than compelling treating the script's absurdities as if they were masterworks.

The inverse of Joan's powerful star presence is provided by the real sore spot of the picture, the male lead Paul Burke. An attractive but mechanical and stiff blank slate Crawford steamrolls right over him any time they occupy the same scene. It does almost irreparable damage to the film but Joan's professionalism saves it. As far as the rest of the cast goes the only member who even approaches Joan's charisma level is Charles Bickford but his part is small. Diane Baker is likewise handed little to work with though she does get a scene or two of anguish.

Even though it did get a European release the film betrays its TV movie origins in its choppy editing style. However the production design is a kaleidescope of 60's fashions and for any vintage car aficionado this will be heaven, all the characters drive fantastic automobiles in vibrant colors.

It may be a standard drama but for any fan of latter day Joan Crawford this little known item is a must see.


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