Private Worlds

  • 1935
  • Movie
  • NR
  • Drama

Based on Phyllis Bottome's best-seller about the new psychological theory of Austrian Alfred Adler, PRIVATE WORLDS was bold in many ways. It was one of the earliest films to get into psychological matters and stood for 13 years as the only major Hollywood movie on the subject until THE SNAKE PIT came along. Colbert had just come off her Oscar for IT HAPPENED...read more

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Based on Phyllis Bottome's best-seller about the new psychological theory of Austrian Alfred Adler, PRIVATE WORLDS was bold in many ways. It was one of the earliest films to get into psychological matters and stood for 13 years as the only major Hollywood movie on the subject until THE

SNAKE PIT came along. Colbert had just come off her Oscar for IT HAPPENED ONE NIGHT and chose to expand her career with a serious role as a psychiatrist who plunges herself into her work to forget her one great love, who was killed in WW I. Boyer comes to the mental hospital to take over the reins

and is instantly at odds with Colbert as he is a misogynist who thinks that women are 10 percent intelligence and 90 percent emotion. McCrea is a resident physician who wanted the top spot and is angered that he has been bypassed for Boyer. McCrea, while married to Bennett, who is expecting, soon

has an affair with Boyer's sister, Vinson, a mentally unstable woman who may or may not have killed her husband, Boyer's good friend. When Bennett learns of McCrea's dalliance, she goes slightly mad and he has to deal with that. There are several episodes, rather than one thrusting story, and the

movie spends most of its time depicting what life is like in a "liberated" mental facility. Colbert received an Oscar nomination for her role but lost to Bette Davis for DANGEROUS. Jean Rouverol, one of the schizophrenic inmates, later took up writing and did several soap operas, including "As the

World Turns," "The Guiding Light" and "Search for Tomorrow." Her screenplays include LEGEND OF LYLAH CLARE, THE FIRST TIME, and FACE IN THE RAIN, with her husband, Hugo Butler. The title refers to the "Private Worlds" in which we all live and the movie tackled a formerly taboo subject unknown to

the general public and made it consistently interesting.

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