AUTUMN LEAVES (1956)
General admission $17/$12 or join the society easily at the door. (Cash only)
Stars Joan Crawford, Cliff Robertson, Vera Miles, Lorne Green, Ruth Donnelly.
Directed by Robert Aldrich. 107 mins.
Joan Crawford’s personal favourite! Millicent Wetherby is a middle aged spinster who has little love or affection in her life until she meets by chance, a charismatic young man and begins a relationship. However things take quite an unpredictable turn when her young husband’s past starts being revealed to her with resulting dramatic complications.
Director Aldrich crafts a florid but taut melodrama (in no way a soap opera) that bubbles along nicely with an abundance of drama and assisted by a great chemistry between the leads lighting up the screen! Experienced Broadway player Robertson (seen here in his first leading role on the screen) brings energy and conviction to the role and Crawford does very well in one of her more underplayed performances. A great outing for Vera Miles and a very different side of her seen here being very nasty indeed! The title song, crooned by Nat King Cole, only added to the polish being a huge hit in itself and only aiding at the box office.