The Cobweb
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William Gibson's novel The Cobweb was brought to the screen by MGM with an impressive, hand-picked cast. Richard Widmark plays the head of a posh psychiatric clinic. Widmark's wife Gloria Grahame jockeys for the honor of selecting new drapes for the hospital's library. One wouldn't think that such a trivial decision would spark so much melodrama; but thanks to those drapes, we are allowed to probe the disturbed psyches of martinet business affairs director Lillian Gish, philandering doctor Charles Boyer, lonely activities director Lauren Bacall, and suicidal patient John Kerr.… More
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"Strange, unique look at mental asylum is both visually and dramatically brilliant."
‑ Michael E. Grost, Classic Film and Television
"The highlight of the film was Oscar Levant singing "Mother" while being sedated."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"With its usual twist, it's surprising that The Cobweb hasn't become a cult classic. This '50's studio picture combines the ever popular Hollywood topic of mental illness with interior decorating."
‑ Niki Patton, Martha's Vineyard Times (Massachusetts)
"Quintessential Minnelli melodrama is also a personal film: Set in an asylum in which the conflict concerns the kinds of drapes to be used, it offers inside look at a rigid institution in which the caretakers are as needy as the patients."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
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