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24 Ratings

The Glass Menagerie

Directed by Irving Rapper
United States, 1950


This first movie version of the Tennessee Williams play about a faded, aging Southern belle, her shy, crippled daughter and her “selfish dreamer” of a son more or less sticks to the original story, except for a compromise ending which strives to be more upbeat.

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The Glass Menagerie Directed by Irving Rapper

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  • Scout Tafoya's rating of the film The Glass Menagerie

    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.

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