Skip to main content
Classics and discoveries from around the world, thematically programmed with special features, on a streaming service brought to you by the Criterion Collection.
Directed by Dorothy Arzner • 1936 • United States
Starring Rosalind Russell, John Boles
As scripted by Mary C. McCall Jr. (adapting the Pulitzer Prize–winning play by George Kelly) and directed by Dorothy Arzner, this searing domestic drama packs a subversive, antipatriarchal punch. In a commanding performance, Rosalind Russell plays the controlling housewife Harriet Craig, a ruthless perfectionist who, having married for money, sees her carefully managed world crumble around her over the course of twenty-four hours. “This picture is typically a woman’s picture. Its entire premise is feminine psychology. It takes a woman to interpret it properly,” noted Arzner, whose empathetic insight lends the story a unique psychological depth.