Queen Bee brings us another trademark, hard-as-nails performance from Joan Crawford as a southern grande dame whose insidious scheming dominates her household. She drives her husband (BArry Sullivan) to drink, and she breaks up her sister-in-law’s (Betsy Palmer) impending marriage to the estate’s caretaker (John Ireland), with whom Crawford had a longtime affair, driving Palmer to suicide. After Sullivan finds Marlow sympathetic, Ireland arranges Crawford’s death to stop her meddling.
Joan Crawford and Barry Sullivan also costarred in the first television program directed by the young Steven Spielberg, the “Eyes” segment of an episode of Night Gallery.
Academy Award Nominations: Best Cinematography; Best Costume Design.
Joan Crawford as Eva Phillips
Barry Sullivan as Avery Phillips
Betsy Palmer as Carol Lee Phillips
John Ireland as Jud Prentiss
Lucy Marlow as Jennifer Stewart
William Leslie as Ty McKinnon
Fay Wray as Sue McKinnon
Katherine Anderson as Miss Breen
Tim Hovey as Ted Phillips
Linda Bennett as Trissa Phillips
Writer and Director: Ranald MacDougall
Producer: Jerry Wald
Director of Photography: Charles Lang Jr.
Editor: Viola Lawrence
Composer: George Duning
Costume Designer: Jean Louis
Art Director: Ross Bellah
Year of Release: 1955
Duration: 95 minutes