Lizzie (1957 film)

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Directed byHugo Haas
Produced byJerry Bresler
Screenplay byMel Dinelli
Based onThe Bird's Nest
1954 novel
by Shirley Jackson
StarringEleanor Parker
Richard Boone
Joan Blondell
Music byLeith Stevens
CinematographyPaul Ivano
Edited byLeon Barsha
Distributed byMetro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Release date
April 4, 1957
Running time
81 minutes
CountryUnited States
Box office$555,000[1]

Lizzie is a 1957 drama film directed by Hugo Haas. The film is based on the novel The Bird's Nest by Shirley Jackson and stars Eleanor Parker, Richard Boone and Joan Blondell. The popular songs "It's Not for Me to Say" and "Warm and Tender" were written for this film, and performed by Johnny Mathis, who played a piano player/singer in the film. (Both songs were subsequently included in Mathis' fifth album, Johnny's Greatest Hits). The film was produced by MGM Studios.


Elizabeth (Eleanor Parker) has recurring headaches and is plagued with insomnia. She is receiving letters from a woman called Lizzie, but Elizabeth can't remember knowing anyone named Lizzie. When Elizabeth is under hypnosis, her psychiatrist, Dr. Wright (Richard Boone), discovers Elizabeth has three personalities: The shy Elizabeth, the Mr. Hyde-like Lizzie, and the kind, well-adjusted Beth, the woman she always should have been. It is up to Dr. Wright to help Elizabeth to become Beth completely.



According to MGM records the film earned $280,000 in the US and Canada and $275,000 elsewhere, resulting in a loss of $154,000.[1]

Shirley Jackson, the author of the novel on which Lizzie was based, was reportedly unimpressed with the film, calling it "Abbott and Costello meet a multiple personality."[2]

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  1. ^ a b c The Eddie Mannix Ledger, Los Angeles: Margaret Herrick Library, Center for Motion Picture Study.
  2. ^ Franklin, Ruth (2017). Shirley Jackson: A Rather Haunted Life. New York: Liveright. p. 353. ISBN 1631493418. OCLC 971350477.

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