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The Girl in the Red Velvet Swing Details

FULL SYNOPSIS

This 1955 period piece recreates the notorious events surrounding the murder of architect Stanford White by Harry K. Thaw. This famous homicide, later immortalized in E.L. Doctorow's novel Ragtime, transpired on the Winter Garden roof in full view of countless theater patrons. Joan Collins stars as Evelyn Nesbit Thaw, a single showgirl who grows enamored with the married White (Ray Milland). He takes her to his posh Manhattan loft and enjoys a dalliance with her that includes pushing her on the red velvet swing of the title. Later, Evelyn gets courted by Harry Thaw (Farley Granger, who - after whisking her off to Europe and wheedling her into marriage - suddenly turns out to be a complete nutcase, driven around the bend by violent jealousy and rage. He grows incensed at the memory of her affair with White, and decides to to take drastic action by shooting the architect; in the wake of the murder, Thaw builds a fantastic legal defense that permanently alters his fate. Few of the facts in this tawdry soaper are true to history, because, as Bosley Crowther famously pointed out in his Times review, Evelyn Nesbit Thaw was still alive at the time of this production and the filmmakers probably feared a libel suit. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Cast

Ray Milland
as Stanford White
Joan Collins
as Evelyn Nesbit Thaw
Farley Granger
as Harry K. Thaw
Luther Adler
as Delphin Delmas
Glenda Farrell
as Mrs. Nesbit
Frances Fuller
as Mrs. White
Phillip Reed
as Robert Collier
Gale Robbins
as Gwen Arden
John Hoyt
as William Travers Jerome
Harvey Stephens
as Dr. Hollingshead
Richard Travis
as Charles Dana Gibson
Harry Seymour
as Arthur
Ainslie Pryor
as Sport Donnally
Betty Caulfield
as Alice
Jack Raine
as Mr. Finley
Paul Glass
as Assistant Stage Manager
Fred Essler
as Leopold Boerner
Ivan Triesault
as Maitre D'
Raymond Bailey
as Judge Fitzgerald
Charles Tannen
as Court Clerk
Edmund Cobb
as Judy Foreman
James Conaty
as Rev. McEwen
Marjorie Hellen
as Flora Dora Girl
Suzanne Alexander
as Flora Dora Girl
Oliver Cross
as Head Steward
Steven Darrell
Edith Evanson
as Josie
William Forrest
as Simpson
Sam Harris
as Old Man at Show
Stuart Holmes
as Old Man at Restaurant
Henry Kulky
as Warden
Leslie Parrish
Robert Simon
as Stage Manager
Max Wagner
Oliver Cross
as Head Steward
Robert Simon
as Stage Manager
Stuart Holmes
as Old Man at Restaurant
Edith Evanson
as Josie
Henry Kulky
as Warden
William Forrest
as Simpson
Sam Harris
as Old Man at Show

Crew

Richard Fleischer
Director
Charles Brackett
Producer
Charles Brackett
Screenwriter
Walter Reisch
Screenwriter
Milton Krasner
Cinematographer
Leigh Harline
Composer (Music Score)
Lionel Newman
Musical Direction/Supervision
Maurice Ransford
Art Director
Lyle Wheeler
Art Director
Charles LeMaire
Costume Designer
David Robel
Choreography
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