The Silver Cord (film)

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The Silver Cord
Directed by John Cromwell
Produced by Pandro S. Berman
Merian C. Cooper
Written by Sidney Howard (play The Silver Cord)
Jane Murfin (screenplay)
Starring Irene Dunne
Laura Hope Crews
Joel McCrea
Music by Max Steiner
Cinematography Charles Rosher
Edited by George Nichols, Jr.
Distributed by RKO Radio Pictures
Release dates
May 5, 1933
Running time
74 minutes
Country  United States
Language English

The Silver Cord (1933) is a Pre code film produced and released by RKO Radio Pictures, directed by John Cromwell, and based on a 1926 Broadway play, The Silver Cord by Sidney Howard, that starred Laura Hope Crews as an overly possessive mother.

Crews reprises her domineering mother role in this film with Joel McCrea and Irene Dunne as her son and daughter-in-law. Another Hollywood film dealting with an overbearing mother figure was Broken Laws (1924), produced by and starring Dorothy Davenport.[1][2]

Co-stars Joel McCrea and Frances Dee met on the set of this film and later married.



  • Helen Cromwell - Delia
  • Paul Irving - Taxicab Driver
  • Perry Ivins - Phelps Family Doctor
  • Reinhold Pasch - Lab Technician
  • Gustav von Seyffertitz - German Doctor


  1. ^ The American Film Institute Catalog Feature Films: 1931-40 by The American Film Institute (1993)
  2. ^ The Silver Cord as produced on Broadway at the John Golden Theatre, December 20 1926 to March 1927;