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Craig's Wife

Craig's Wife

Craig's Wife

1936 / 73min / 35mm

DIRECTOR: DOROTHY ARZNER

CAST: ROSILAND RUSSELL, JOHN BOLES, BILLIE BURKE, JANE DARWELL, THOMAS MITCHELL

SCREENPLAY - MARY C. MCCALL JR.
CINEMATOGRAPHY - LUCIEN BALLARD
EDITING - VIOLA LAWRENCE
PRODUCTION DESIGN - WILLIAM HAINES
ART DIRECTION - STEPHEN GOOSSON

“Dorothy Arzner was the only woman director to survive in the U.S. motion picture industry during the Golden Era. She worked steadily, directing twenty films released between 1927 and 1940. She has the largest directorial body of work by a woman within the studio system, but she has been virtually ignored in most film history books and classes . . . I keep a photo of Dorothy Arzner on my desk as an inspiration and a reminder to keep making films, even in the face of this challenging industry that still does not recognize women directors.” —Bette Gordon, filmmaker

Arzner’s 1936 melodrama Craig’s Wife is headlined by Rosalind Russell, in an early starring role as a fierce, duplicitous housewife. Preservation print courtesy of the Library of Congress.

Introduced by filmmaker Bette Gordon.