Starring Joan Bennett

Starring Joan Bennett

10 Episodes

Born into a show-business family, Joan Bennett became one of Hollywood’s most versatile and endlessly watchable stars, collaborating with directors as legendary and varied as Fritz Lang, George Cukor, Jean Renoir, and Douglas Sirk. Starting out as a baby-faced blonde, she brought relaxed and charming sass to a pair of boisterous Raoul Walsh vehicles, including the irresistible waterfront romp ME AND MY GAL. In the late 1930s she darkened both her hair and her roles, embarking on a multifilm partnership with Lang and revealing deadly allure in a string of noir classics. Over the course of a career spanning half a century, she played working girls, femmes fatales, wives, and mothers, gracing all of her performances with dry wit, subtle intelligence, and a hint of mystery.

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Starring Joan Bennett
  • Wild Girl

    Episode 1

    Directed by Raoul Walsh • 1932 • United States
    Starring Charles Farrell, Joan Bennett, Ralph Bellamy

    Director Raoul Walsh brings his characteristic punch to this raucous pre-Code western-comedy-romance starring Joan Bennett as Salomy Jane, the titular free-spirited child of the California mounta...

  • Me and My Gal

    Episode 2

    Directed by Raoul Walsh • 1932 • United States
    Starring Spencer Tracy, Joan Bennett, Marion Burns

    Snappy dialogue, Raoul Walsh’s dynamic direction, and spirited performances from Spencer Tracy and Joan Bennett make this offbeat comic treat one of the small glories of the pre-Code era. New York C...

  • Little Women

    Episode 3

    Directed by George Cukor • 1933 • United States
    Starring Katharine Hepburn, Joan Bennett, Paul Lukas

    As four sisters grow from girls to young adults in New England during the hard years of the Civil War, the difficulties, tragedies and joys they experience tear at—but cannot break—their deep ...

  • Big Brown Eyes

    Episode 4

    Directed by Raoul Walsh • 1936 • United States
    Starring Cary Grant, Joan Bennett, Walter Pidgeon

    Cary Grant and Joan Bennett make for a most delightful crime-solving duo in this eccentric mix of gangster drama and screwball comedy. Eve Fallon (Bennett) is a spitfire manicurist turned ace newspap...

  • Man Hunt

    Episode 5

    Directed by Fritz Lang • 1941 • United States
    Starring Walter Pidgeon, Joan Bennett, George Sanders

    While on vacation in Bavaria, British big-game hunter Captain Thorndike (Walter Pidgeon) finds himself with an opportunity to bag the ultimate prize: Adolf Hitler. Before he can carry out his assa...

  • The Woman in the Window

    Episode 6

    Directed by Fritz Lang • 1944 • United States
    Starring Edward G. Robinson, Joan Bennett, Raymond Massey

    Richard Wanley (Edward G. Robinson) is no criminal . . . at least, he wasn’t until he met THE WOMAN IN THE WINDOW. With his wife and kids out of town, the chaste professor engages in an innoce...

  • Scarlet Street

    Episode 7

    Directed by Fritz Lang • 1945 • United States
    Starring Edward G. Robinson, Joan Bennett, Dan Duryea

    A box-office hit (despite being banned in three states), SCARLET STREET is one of legendary director Fritz Lang’s finest American films. When middle-aged milquetoast Chris Cross (Edward G. Robinso...

  • The Woman on the Beach

    Episode 8

    Directed by Jean Renoir • 1947 • United States
    Starring Joan Bennett, Robert Ryan, Charles Bickford

    Filled with primal lust, bold imagery, and murderous hearts, Jean Renoir’s fifth American film (heavily recut by the studio prior to its release) is the renowned French director’s fever dream of a...

  • We’re No Angels

    Episode 9

    Directed by Michael Curtiz • 1955 • United States
    Starring Humphrey Bogart, Aldo Ray, Peter Ustinov

    This wickedly offbeat Christmas comedy gives Humphrey Bogart a rare chance to display his lighter side. He stars alongside Peter Ustinov and Aldo Ray as one of three escaped convicts from Devil’s ...

  • There’s Always Tomorrow

    Episode 10

    Directed by Douglas Sirk • 1955 • United States
    Starring Barbara Stanwyck, Fred MacMurray, Joan Bennett

    One of director Douglas Sirk’s most savagely subversive deconstructions of the American nuclear family, THERE’S ALWAYS TOMORROW casts Fred MacMurray as Clifford Groves, a toy-company executive...