Joan Crawford filmography lists the film appearances of American actress , who starred in numerous Joan Crawford motion pictures throughout a lengthy career that spanned nearly five decades.
She made her film debut in
(1925), as a Lady of the Night 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, . Her major success in The Unknown (1928) made her a popular Our Dancing Daughters flapper of the late 1920s. Her first sound film, (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 (1931), musical film Possessed (1933), romantic comedy Dancing Lady (1936), and romantic drama Love on the Run (1940), among others. In 1937, she was proclaimed the first "Queen of the Movies" by Strange Cargo magazine, but her popularity soon waned. After her films Life (1937) and The Bride Wore Red (1938) proved to be expensive failures, in May 1938 Crawford – along with Mannequin Greta Garbo, Katharine Hepburn, Fred Astaire, 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
(1939), opposite an all-star female only cast. On July 1, 1943, Crawford left MGM and signed an exclusive contract with The Women 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 (1945). The film earned her an Mildred Pierce Academy Award for Best Actress. From 1946 to 1952, Crawford appeared in a series of critical and box office successes, including the musical drama (1946); film noirs Humoresque (1947, for which she received a second Academy Award nomination) and Possessed (1949); drama Flamingo Road (1950); and romantic comedy The Damned Don't Cry (1951), among others. She received a third – and final – Academy Award nomination for her performance in the thriller Goodbye, My Fancy (1952).
In 1953, Crawford starred in the musical
, her final film role for MGM. Her next film Torch Song (1954), although not a major hit, is one of Crawford's most popular films among her fans. During the latter half of the 1950s, Crawford starred in a series of Johnny Guitar B-movies, including romantic dramas (1955) and Female on the Beach (1956). In 1962, Crawford was teamed with Autumn Leaves Bette Davis in a film adaptation of The What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? thriller film was a box office hit, and briefly revived Crawford's career. Her final film performance was in the British science fiction film, (1970).
Filmography [ edit ]
Feature films [ edit ]
‡ denotes lost film
Short subjects [ edit ]
Uncompleted films [ edit ]
Box-office ranking [ edit ]
For a number of years, Crawford was regularly voted as one of the top money making stars in the country in
the annual : Quigley Poll
1930 – 1st
1931 – 3rd
1932 – 3rd
1933 – 10th
1934 – 6th
1935 – 5th
1936 – 7th
1937 – 16th
1947 – 21st
Television [ edit ]
Awards and nominations [ edit ]
References [ edit ]
^ a b c d e f g h i j k Uncredited
^ a b c Credited as Lucille LeSueur
^ With sound. In color. Singing, dancing, and part of an all-star cast performing the song "Got a Feeling for You".
^ TV movie pilot for
Royal Bay unsold series, released theatrically
^ Feature film culled from 2-part episode of
The Man from U.N.C.L.E.
The Big Parade of Comedy
^ a b c d e Archival footage
Top Ten Money Making Stars Archived 2014-12-21 at the Wayback Machine
^ Different scenes were shot and turned into the theatrically released feature film
The Karate Killers.
^ Temporary replacement for Christina Crawford
^ TV movie pilot for
Night Gallery series
^ a b TV movie culled from the series
Journey to the Unknown
Experimental Television, Test Films, Pilots and Trial Series, 1925-1995. ISBN 0-7864-0178-8 Lee Goldberg,
Unsold Television Pilots, 1955-1988. ISBN 978-0-89950-373-8 Joan Crawford Papers, Billy Rose Collection, Lincoln Center Library for the Performing Arts.
http://www.nypl.org/archives/4282 Bob Thomas,
Joan Crawford. ISBN 0-297-77617-7 Alexander Walker,
Joan Crawford: The Ultimate Star. ISBN 0-06-015123-4 Lawrence J. Quirk, The Films of Joan Crawford. Citadel Pr; 1st Carol Pub. ISBN 0-8065-0341-6
External links [ edit ]