Craig's Wife (film)

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Craig's Wife
Directed by Dorothy Arzner
Produced by Harry Cohn
Written by Mary C. McCall, Jr.
Based on Craig's Wife
1925 play
by George Kelly
Starring Rosalind Russell
John Boles
Music by R.H. Bassett
Emil Gerstenberger
Milan Roder
Cinematography Lucien Ballard
Edited by Viola Lawrence
Distributed by Columbia Pictures
Release date
  • September 25, 1936 (1936-09-25)
Running time
73-85 minutes
Country United States
Language English

Craig's Wife is a 1936 drama film starring Rosalind Russell as a domineering wife.[1] It was based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning Broadway play of the same name by George Kelly (the uncle of Grace Kelly),[2] and directed by Dorothy Arzner. Former MGM star William Haines was the film's production designer. Previously filmed in 1928, Craig's Wife was remade in 1950 as Harriet Craig, rewritten (and updated) as a vehicle for Joan Crawford and co-starring Wendell Corey.


The plot centers on twenty-four hours in the life of Harriet Craig (Rosalind Russell), and the home life she has created for herself and her husband. Harriet values material things more than her husband and goes to great lengths to protect her life as she has created it, regardless of what the outcomes are to those around her. The story's message is stated by the Craig's housekeeper, Mrs. Harold (Jane Darwell), who says, "Those who live to themselves, are left to themselves," as one by one, all her disgusted family and servants abandon her, leaving her entirely on her own.[3]



  • Louella Parsons wrote, "How well I remember 'Craig's Wife," a typical woman's play, and it's smart business therefore not only to sign Rosalind, but to hand the direction over to Dorothy Arzner, the only woman director in the business."[4]
  • "The supporting cast of 'Craig's Wife' is one of the strongest ever to be assembled in one picture."[5]
  • "This dynamic drama, baring the life of all womankind, is a screen triumph no wife or sweetheart dare miss! ... The play that electrified Broadway and won the Pulitzer prize, now lays bare the heart of a woman and her consuming passion!"[6]
  • "'Craig's Wife' is likely to appeal chiefly to women audiences and to attract attention mainly from those who demand that their movies be intelligent. It deserves better treatment than that for it is well made and excellently played."[7]


  1. ^ "getTV Celebrates Rosalind Russell in June; Highlights include classic favorites starring Russell opposite Melvyn Douglas, Kim Novak, Sid Caesar, and Ray Milland" (June 1, 2015) Cinema Sentries
  2. ^ "'Craig's Wife' to be Shown for Two Days" (January 1, 1936) Santa Rosa News, New Mexico
  3. ^ "Icon of the Week; Rosalind Russell" (June 2015) getTV
  4. ^ "He Signs for 2 a Year" (June 9, 1936) San Antonio Light
  5. ^ "Movies" (Nov 9, 1936) Harrisonburg Daily News Record
  6. ^ "Unholy Love of 'Craig's Wife' Talk of Town" (Nov 27, 1936) Port Neches Chronicle, Vol. 5, No. 34, Texas
  7. ^ "Craig's Wife is Vehicle for Miss Russell" (Jan 22, 1937) Oakland Tribune

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