The Cobweb

by Vincente Minnelli 2h4min United States 1954
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Film details

The Cobweb
by Vincente Minnelli

At an exclusive psychiatric clinic, the doctors and staff are about as crazy as the patients. The clinic head, Dr. Stewart McIver, thinks that it would be good therapy for his patients to design and make new drapes for the library. Mrs. Karen McIver, who is neglected by her hardworking husband (and a bit unbalanced herself), wants to make her mark on the clinic, so she orders new drapes. Miss Inch, the business manager, who has been with the clinic longer than anyone, sees this as an intrusion into her territory, and she too orders drapes. All this puts everyone in a dither, as they fight over drapes and clinic politics.

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  • Richard Widmark : Le docteur Stewart McIver
  • Lauren Bacall : Meg Faverson Rineheart
  • Charles Boyer : Le docteur Douglas N. Devanal
  • Gloria Grahame : Karen McIver
  • Lilian Gish : Victoria Inch
  • And with: John Kerr, Susan Strasberg, Oscar Levant, Tommy Rettig, Paul Stewart, Jarma Lewis, Adele Jergens


  • Director Vincente Minnelli
  • Scenario John Paxton
  • Dialogs William Gibson
  • Original work author William Gibson
  • Photo director George Folsey Jr.
  • Set Design Edwin B. Willis, Keogh Gleason
  • Costume Design Helen Rose
  • Sound Wesley C. Miller, Charles E. Wallace
  • Editing Harold F. Kress
  • Original music Leonard Rosenman
  • Producer John Houseman
  • Production Compagny Metro Goldwyn Mayer (MGM)
  • Distributor Warner Bros.

Technical information

  • Aspect ratio2,55:1
  • Printed film format35 mm
  • Original sound mixMono
  • Production1954
  • Release date for France07/07/1958
  • CategoryFeature film
  • ColorColors
  • LanguageEnglish
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