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Female on the Beach (20-Aug-1955)

Director: Joseph Pevney

Writers: Robert Hill; Richard Alan Simmons

From a play: The Besieged Heart by Robert Hill

Music Supervision by: Joseph Gershenson

Producer: Albert Zugsmith

Keywords: Thriller

NameOccupationBirthDeathKnown for
Jeff Chandler
15-Dec-1918 17-Jun-1961 Broken Arrow
Joan Crawford
23-Mar-1905 10-May-1977 What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?
Charles Drake
2-Oct-1917 10-Sep-1994 You Never Can Tell
Cecil Kellaway
22-Aug-1893 28-Feb-1973 Guess Who's Coming to Dinner
Natalie Schafer
5-Nov-1900 10-Apr-1991 Mrs. Howell on Gilligan's Island
Jan Sterling
3-Apr-1921 26-Mar-2004 Ace in the Hole
Romo Vincent
23-Dec-1908 16-Jan-1989 American comic character actor


Joan Crawford   ...   Lynn Markham
Jeff Chandler   ...   Drummond ("Drummy") Hall
Jan Sterling   ...   Amy Rawlinson
Cecil Kellaway   ...   Osbert Sorenson
Judith Evelyn   ...   Eloise Crandall
Charles Drake   ...   Lt. Galley
Natalie Schafer   ...   Queenie Sorenson
Stuart Randall   ...   Frankovitch
Marjorie Bennett   ...   Mrs. Murchison


Review by anonymous (posted on 13-May-2006)

Female on the Beach is classic Crawford melodrama. Filmed during the 50s when she was desperately clinging to her divadom, it epitomizes the type of movie that Crawford made as her career was winding down. It's almost comical to see a late 40ish Joan showing of her legs (albeit nice ones) every opportunity she gets. There's even one scene where she gets out of bed in a baby doll pajama set. The heavy eyebrows and thick smear of lipstick almost look ghoulish. Anyway, this is the perfect movie to curl up with on a rainy day and enjoy as mindless pleasure!

Review by Magda Mardot (posted on 12-Sep-2005)

The pinnacle of Crawford's 50s camp noir films! Loaded with fun -- giggolos, faded beauties, Eames sets, great sleazy evocative jazz score, Crawford, Sterling, Chandler; need I say more? Joan inherits her deceased gambler husband's beach house which she originally intends to put on the market. Jan Sterling is her diabolical realtor/competitor. Jeff shows up looking to fleece Joan for her money and possibly some sex. He is a "lover boy" being kept by Queenie (Natalie Shafer) and her devious British husband. It appears they've been pimping young handsome men out for cold cash. Joan doesn't fall for this. In her words, "When it comes to phonies like you, I wrote the book!" She also has one hell of a great sparring scene with the pimping middle agers when she says with that long smirk as she pours herself a drink, "I'd like to ask you to stay, but I'm afraid you might accept." Finishing with Chandler that evening she utters the fabulous line: "I wouldn't have you if you were hung with diamonds upside down!" This, after throwing a martini in his face! One has to put quality and culture in the back seat and just enjoy this B picture for its wonderful slice of film history. Jan Sterling has a great time playing the schizo realtor/jilted lover of Chandler and its amusing to watch her in action coming more unravelled as the film progresses. Personally, I'd kill to have that beach house myself! Wow, just furnished as it was, it was something out of Metropolitan Home today! And, as a bonus, Joan wears some of the most delicious baubles (fake, I'm sure, probably Weiss or Trifari) and top of the line mid-century busty petticoated-to-death dresses I've ever seen. Apart from everything else, there is yummy Jeff Chandler at his prime in many semi-clothed scenes. Just listening to his voice makes me tingle.

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