Craig's Wife (1936) - Rotten Tomatoes

Craig's Wife (1936)




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In this film, Rosalind Russell plays Harriet Craig, whose obsession with keeping her house and its furnishings spotless has driven away most of her friends. Harriet's husband Walter loves her, but when Harriet reveals that she is more concerned with her own well-being than her husband's, he leaves her.


Rosalind Russell
as Harriet Craig
John Boles
as Walter Craig
Billie Burke
as Mrs. Frazier
Jane Darwell
as Mrs. Harold
Dorothy Wilson
as Ethel Landreth
Alma Kruger
as Ellen Austen
Thomas Mitchell
as Fergus Passmore
Raymond Walburn
as Billy Birkmire
Elizabeth Risdon
as Mrs. Landreth
Elisabeth Risdon
as Mrs. Landreth
Kathleen Burke
as Adelaide Passmore
Frankie Van
as Cabdriver
Robert (Tex) Allen
as Gene Fredericks
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Critic Reviews for Craig's Wife

All Critics (8) | Top Critics (1)

The entire weight of the drama depends upon the malign effectiveness of its central character and Miss Russell, here enjoying her first real opportunity in Hollywood, gives a viciously eloquent performance.

March 25, 2006 | Full Review…

Very competently done character study of the wife who has a perfect-house mania. Closely follows the play, which is not a bit dated.

April 22, 2020 | Full Review…

[Director Dorothy] Arzner played her part to perfection: she added to her films "a woman's touch," while never really challenging the patriarchal stranglehold on cinema. Her 1936 film Craig's Wife bears this out well.

September 4, 2019 | Full Review…

A deft and well-acted screen version of the Pulitzer Prize play.

August 7, 2019 | Full Review…

Harriet Craig is not formed by her past but by her culture, fulfilling the requisite role of the housewife to a degree that turns her into a monster of patriarchy's own making.

June 18, 2019 | Full Review…

The young Rosalind Rusell gives a tour de force performance as the obsessive wife in Dorothy Arzner's 1936 critique of patriarchal culture.

June 11, 2010 | Rating: B | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Craig's Wife

A film so criminally undervalued and a little forgotten, it's also a much better version of the play than it's glossy and somewhat misogynistic Crawford remake. It's pioneering director, Dorothy Arzner, was unique in two ways. Not only the only woman director making big studio pics during the Hollywood Golden Age but also a lesbian who made no secret of her sexuality. Most surely a gay icon as well as a feminist one. Her version of Craig's Wife is very much a crack at the male dominated studio system of the time (good on her!!). Arzner's Harriet Craig is also a much more sympathetic character than the one being justly (?!) punished in the remake (which, of course, was produced and directed by men)

William Sleet
William Sleet

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