Joan Crawford filmography

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Crawford in the trailer for Mildred Pierce (1945).

Joan Crawford (March 23, c. 1906 – May 10, 1977) was an American actress who starred in numerous motion pictures throughout a lengthy career that spanned nearly five decades.

She made her film debut in Lady of the Night (1925), as a body double for film star Norma Shearer. She appeared in several other films before she made her major breakthrough playing Lon Chaney's love interest in the 1927 horror film, The Unknown. Her major success in Our Dancing Daughters (1928) made her a popular flapper of the late 1920s. Her first sound film, Untamed (1929), was a critical and box office success.

Crawford would become a highly popular actress throughout the 1930s, as a leading lady for Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. She starred in a series of "rags-to-riches" films that were extremely popular during the Depression-era, most especially with women. Her popularity rivaled fellow MGM actresses, including Greta Garbo, Norma Shearer, and Jean Harlow. She appeared in eight movies with Clark Gable, including romantic drama Possessed (1931), musical film Dancing Lady (1933), romantic comedy Love on the Run (1936), and romantic drama Strange Cargo (1940) among others. In 1937, she was proclaimed the first "Queen of the Movies" by Life magazine, but her popularity soon waned. In May 1938, after her films The Bride Wore Red (1937) and Mannequin (1938) proved to be expensive failures, Crawford—along with Greta Garbo, Katharine Hepburn, Fred Astaire, and Kay Francis and many others—was labeled "Box Office Poison", an actor whose "box office draw is nil".

Crawford managed to make a comeback in the comedy The Women (1939) opposite an all-star female cast. On July 1, 1943, Crawford left MGM and signed an exclusive contract with Warner Brothers, where she became a rival of Bette Davis. After a slow start with the studio, she received critical and commercial acclaim for her performance in drama Mildred Pierce (1945). The film earned her an Academy Award for Best Actress. From 1946 to 1952, Crawford appeared in a series of critical and box office successes, including the musical drama Humoresque (1946); film noirs Possessed (1947, for which she received a second Academy Award nomination) and Flamingo Road (1949); drama The Damned Don't Cry! (1950); and romantic comedy Goodbye, My Fancy (1951), among others. She received a third and final Academy Award nomination for her performance in the thriller Sudden Fear (1952).

In 1953, Crawford starred in the musical Torch Song, her final film role for MGM. During the latter half of the 1950s, Crawford starred in a series of B movies, including romantic dramas Female on the Beach (1955) and Autumn Leaves (1956). In 1962, Crawford was teamed with Bette Davis in a film adaptation of What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? The thriller film was a box office hit and briefly revived Crawford's career. Her final film performance was in the British science-fiction film, Trog (1970).

Feature films[edit]

Silent films[edit]

Year # Title Role Production Company
1925 1 Lady of the Night Double for Norma Shearer[1] Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
2 Proud Flesh San Francisco Girl[1]
3 A Slave of Fashion Mannequin[1]
4 The Merry Widow Ballroom Dancing Extra[1]
5 Pretty Ladies Bobby, a showgirl[2]
6 The Circle Young Lady Catherine[1]
7 The Midshipman Extra[1]
8 The Exquisite Sinner Extra[1]
9 The Big Parade Extra[1]
10 Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ Extra[1]
11 Old Clothes Mary Riley[2]
12 The Only Thing Party Guest[1]
13 Sally, Irene and Mary Irene
1926 14 Tramp, Tramp, Tramp Betty Burton First National Pictures
15 The Boob Jane Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
16 Paris The Girl
1927 17 Winners of the Wilderness René Contrecoeur
18 The Taxi Dancer Joslyn Poe
19 The Understanding Heart Monica Dale
20 The Unknown Estrellita or Nanon, Zanzi's Daughter
21 Twelve Miles Out Jane
22 Spring Fever Allie Monte
1928 23 West Point Betty Channing
24 The Law of the Range Betty Dallas
25 Rose-Marie Rose-Marie
26 Across to Singapore Priscilla Crowninshield
27 Four Walls Frieda
28 Our Dancing Daughters Diana Medford Cosmopolitan Production (an MGM company)
29 Dream of Love Adrienne Lecouvreur
1929 30 The Duke Steps Out Susie
31 Our Modern Maidens Billie Brown

‡ denotes lost film

Sound features[edit]

Year # Title Role Production Company
1929 32 The Hollywood Revue of 1929[3] Specialty Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
33 Untamed Alice "Bingo" Dowling
1930 34 Montana Moon Joan Prescott
35 Our Blushing Brides Gerry Marsh
36 Paid Mary Turner
1931 37 Dance, Fools, Dance Bonnie Jordan
38 Laughing Sinners Ivy Stevens
39 This Modern Age Val Winters
40 Possessed Marian Martin
1932 41 Grand Hotel Flaemmchen
42 Letty Lynton Letty Lynton
43 Rain Sadie Thompson United Artists
1933 44 Today We Live Diana "Ann" Boyce-Smith Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
45 Dancing Lady Janie "Duchess" Barlow
1934 46 Sadie McKee Sadie McKee Brennan
47 Chained Diane Lovering, also called "Dinah"
48 Forsaking All Others Mary Clay
1935 49 No More Ladies Marcia Townsend
50 I Live My Life Kay Bentley
1936 51 The Gorgeous Hussy Margaret O'Neal "Peggy" Eaton
52 Love on the Run Sally Parker
1937 53 The Last of Mrs. Cheyney Fay Cheyney
54 The Bride Wore Red Anni Pavlovitch
55 Mannequin Jessica Cassidy
1938 56 The Shining Hour Olivia Riley
1939 57 The Ice Follies of 1939 Mary McKay, a.k.a. Sandra Lee
58 The Women Crystal Allen
1940 59 Strange Cargo Julie
60 Susan and God Susan Trexel
1941 61 A Woman's Face Anna Holm
62 When Ladies Meet Mary Howard
1942 63 They All Kissed the Bride Margaret Drew Columbia Pictures
64 Reunion in France Michelle de la Becque Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
1943 65 Above Suspicion Frances Myles
1944 66 Hollywood Canteen Herself Warner Brothers
1945 67 Mildred Pierce Mildred Pierce
1946 68 Humoresque Helen Wright
1947 69 Possessed Louise Howell Graham
70 Daisy Kenyon Daisy Kenyon 20th Century Fox
1949 71 Flamingo Road Lane Bellamy Warner Brothers
72 It's a Great Feeling Herself
1950 73 The Damned Don't Cry Ethel Whitehead
74 Harriet Craig Harriet Craig Columbia Pictures
1951 75 Goodbye, My Fancy Agatha Reed Warner Brothers
1952 76 This Woman Is Dangerous Beth Austin
77 Sudden Fear Myra Hudson RKO Radio Pictures
1953 78 Torch Song Jenny Stewart Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
1954 79 Johnny Guitar Vienna Republic Pictures
1955 80 Female on the Beach Lynn Markham Universal Pictures
81 Queen Bee Eva Phillips Columbia Pictures
1956 82 Autumn Leaves Millicent Wetherby
1957 83 The Story of Esther Costello Margaret Landi
1959 84 The Best of Everything Amanda Farrow 20th Century Fox
1962 85 What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? Blanche Hudson Warner Brothers
1963 86 The Caretakers Lucretia Terry United Artists
1964 87 Strait-Jacket Lucy Harbin Columbia Pictures
1965 88 I Saw What You Did Amy Nelson Universal Pictures
1967 89 The Karate Killers Amanda True Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
90 Berserk! Monica Rivers Columbia Pictures
1970 91 Trog Dr. Brockton Warner Brothers

Short films[edit]

Year # Title Role Production Company
1925 1 MGM Studio Tour Herself[2] Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
1925 2 Miss MGM Miss MGM[1] Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
1929 3 Hollywood Snapshots #11 Herself Columbia Pictures
1931 4 The Slippery Pearls Herself Masquers Club of Hollywood
1932 5 Screen Snapshots Herself Columbia Pictures
1947 6 The Jimmy Fund Herself
1958 7 Hollywood Mothers and Fathers Herself
1972 8 The Dreamer Herself MDA Association
1973 9 A Very Special Child Herself MDA Association

Archival Footage[edit]

Year # Title Role Production Company
1964 1 Four Days in November Herself David L. Wolper
United Artists
1964 2 MGM's Big Parade of Comedy[4] Herself[5] Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
1974 3 That's Entertainment! Herself[5]
1984 4 Terror in the Aisles Herself[5]
1985 5 That's Dancing! Herself[5]

Uncompleted films[edit]

Year # Title Role Production Company
1929 1 Tide of Empire Josephita MGM
1930 2 Great Day Susie Totheridge MGM
1930 3 The March of Time Herself MGM

Television guest performances[edit]

Date # Series Title Episode Title Role Network
September 19, 1953 1 Revlon's Mirror Theater "Because I Love Him" Margaret Hughes CBS
October 31, 1954 2 General Electric Theater "The Road to Edinburgh" Mary Andrews CBS
March 23, 1958 3 General Electric Theater "Strange Witness" Ruth CBS
January 4, 1959 4 General Electric Theater "And One Was Loyal" Ann Howard CBS
December 3, 1959 5 Dick Powell's Zane Grey Theater "Rebel Range" Stella Faring CBS
January 12, 1961 6 Dick Powell's Zane Grey Theater "One Must Die" Sarah Davidson/Melanie Davidson CBS
October 4, 1963 7 Route 66 "Same Picture, Different Frame" Morgan Harper CBS
March 31, 1967 8 The Man from U.N.C.L.E. "The Five Daughters Affair", Part 1[6] Amanda True NBC
February 26, 1968 9 The Lucy Show "Lucy and Joan Crawford or The Lost Star" Herself CBS
Oct. 21, 1968 10 The Secret Storm [daytime soap opera] Joan Boreman Kane #2[7] CBS
Oct. 22, 1968 11 The Secret Storm [daytime soap opera] Joan Boreman Kane #2[7] CBS
Oct. 24, 1968 12 The Secret Storm [daytime soap opera] Joan Boreman Kane #2[7] CBS
Oct. 25, 1968 13 The Secret Storm [daytime soap opera] Joan Boreman Kane #2[7] CBS
January 21, 1970 14 The Virginian "The Nightmare" Stephanie White NBC
January 30, 1970 15 The Tim Conway Show "Pilot" Herself CBS
September 30, 1972 17 The Sixth Sense "Dear Joan: We're Going To Scare You To Death!" Joan Fairchild ABC

Made for TV films[edit]

Date # Series Title Episode Title Role Network
1959 1 The Joan Crawford Show "Woman On The Run"[8] Susan Conrad Unaired
September 21, 1961 2 The Foxes[9] [made-for-TV Movie] Millicent Fox NBC
August 8, 1964 3 Della[10] [made-for-TV movie] Della Chappell Syndicated
November 8, 1969 4 Night Gallery[11] "Eyes" [made-for-TV Movie] Claudia Menlo NBC
November 8, 1969 5 Garbo Documentary Herself BBC
June 15, 1970 6 Journey to the Unknown[12] [made-for-TV Movie] Herself Syndicated
January 5, 1971 7 Journey to Murder[12] [made-for-TV Movie] Herself Syndicated
February 2, 1975 8 Easter Island Documentary Narrator PBS
March 18, 1975 9 Scare Her to Death![13] [made-for-TV Movie] Joan Fairchild ITV


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k uncredited
  2. ^ a b c credited as Lucille LeSueur
  3. ^ With sound. In color. Singing, dancing, and part of an all-star cast performing the song "Singin' in the Rain".
  4. ^ a.k.a. The Big Parade of Comedy
  5. ^ a b c d archival footage
  6. ^ Different scenes were shot and turned into the theatrically released feature film The Karate Killers.
  7. ^ a b c d temporary replacement for Christina Crawford
  8. ^ Pilot for Unsold Series
  9. ^ Pilot for unsold series
  10. ^ Pilot for "Royal Bay" Unsold Series aka "Fatal Confinement"
  11. ^ Pilot for "Night Gallery" series
  12. ^ a b Culled from the series Journey to the Unknown
  13. ^ Extended and slightly altered version of Sixth Sense episode