The Silver Cord

  • 1933
  • Movie
  • NR
  • Drama

Crews, who was later to portray everybody's twittery, lightheaded aunt, is superb in this Oedipal film--adapted from a Theater Guild stage play--that anticipated the "momism" concept of Philip Wylie's famed book of 1942, Generation of Vipers. The mother of married son McCrea--who, at the instigation of wife Dunne, has left the nest--and of single son Linden--who...read more

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Crews, who was later to portray everybody's twittery, lightheaded aunt, is superb in this Oedipal film--adapted from a Theater Guild stage play--that anticipated the "momism" concept of Philip Wylie's famed book of 1942, Generation of Vipers. The mother of married son McCrea--who, at the

instigation of wife Dunne, has left the nest--and of single son Linden--who is romantically involved with Dee--clings to her younger boy with the tenacity of an octopus. When scientist Dunne is transferred to New York from her native Germany, she and husband McCrea pay a courtesy call on mom, who

expends every effort to get them to settle in with her. Crews uses every trick in the book to rejoin the severed umbilical cords, including simulated heart failure. Dunne's strength of character suffices to wrench husband McCrea away, but the younger Linden succumbs to mom's importunities and

gives Dee up to remain at home. Audiences of the time found some of Crews' tricks funny. Dunne, who was an up-and-comer at the studio, got top billing over Crews. She did well with her role, but it was Crews' picture all the way.

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  • Review: Crews, who was later to portray everybody's twittery, lightheaded aunt, is superb in this Oedipal film--adapted from a Theater Guild stage play--that anticipated the "momism" concept of Philip Wylie's famed book of 1942, Generation of Vipers. The mother of… (more)

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