The Girl In The Red Velvet Swing

  • 1955
  • Movie
  • NR
  • Biography, Crime

This film re-creates the sensational 1906 murder of Stanford White, famous architect, by Harry K. Thaw, infamous crackpot, on the Winter Garden roof in front of hundreds of theatergoers. Milland (as White) is shown as a dirty old man lusting after Collins, who plays showgirl Evelyn Nesbit, the wife of Thaw (Granger). The film's argument echoes that of the...read more

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This film re-creates the sensational 1906 murder of Stanford White, famous architect, by Harry K. Thaw, infamous crackpot, on the Winter Garden roof in front of hundreds of theatergoers. Milland (as White) is shown as a dirty old man lusting after Collins, who plays showgirl Evelyn

Nesbit, the wife of Thaw (Granger). The film's argument echoes that of the defense Thaw mounted with his mother's millions after the killing, which allowed him to escape the death penalty. Milland casts a covetous eye upon pretty Collins at the beginning of her showgirl career, taking her to his

posh Manhattan lair, where she swings high on a red velvet swing pushed by the lascivious architect. After she marries Granger, her deranged husband becomes so incensed at the memory of her fling with Milland that he works his insanity into lethal hatred upon seeing Milland during a performance of

a musical. Not many of the real facts are presented in this vehicle for Collins as the trampy Nesbit. Milland does a caricature of the victim, one far from the true character of White, while Granger mutters and mumbles somewhat half-wittedly in his tuxedo. The turn-of-the-century flavor is

conveyed well in the sets by Wheeler and the lensing by Krasner is sharp, but Fleischer's direction is slow-paced and almost crawls at times.

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  • Review: This film re-creates the sensational 1906 murder of Stanford White, famous architect, by Harry K. Thaw, infamous crackpot, on the Winter Garden roof in front of hundreds of theatergoers. Milland (as White) is shown as a dirty old man lusting after Collins,… (more)

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