The visit of a friend makes the terrorised son and daughter of a frustrated and neurotic middle aged woman overcome their inhibitions and make a new start in life. —BFI
Irving Rapper (16 January 1898 – 20 December 1999) was a British film director. His most successful body of work is 10 films he made while under contract with Warner Brothers.
Rapper emigrated to the United States and became an actor and stage director on Broadway while studying at New York University. In 1936, he went to Hollywood, where he was hired by Warner Bros. as an assistant director and dialogue coach. He proved invaluable in translating and mediating for non-native English-speaking directors. By the early 1940s, he had metamorphosed into the one of the hottest directors on the Warner Bros. lot.
He made his directing debut with the 1941 film Shining Victory, in which his friend Bette Davis appeared as a show of support for him. He would go on to direct her in four more films, Now, Voyager (1942), The Corn Is Green (1945), Deception (1946), and Another Man’s Poison (1952). In later years, Rapper admitted that he found Davis very difficult to work with and that… read more
Though this and Daniel Mann's Rose Tattoo are enjoyable, they're also a compelling case for why film acting needed Brando. Arthur Kennedy, Kirk Douglas and Burt Lancaster and the guys from the second wave of film acting in the sound era were just not cut out for the kind of challenges presented by these plays. Hulking mumblers were needed to get at the heart of Williams' men. It's not what you say but how you say it.