Director: William Castle
Stars: Joan Crawford, Diane Baker
In a Nutshell: Joan plays Lucy Harbin, a woman who murdered her cheating husband and his mistress with an axe. Now, some twenty years later, she is released from the nut house to the care of her brother, his wife, and her daughter. At first everything's peaches and cream, but soon, headless corpses start turning up - is Lucy back to her old tricks?
What's So Gay About It?: Bitch, please, Joan Crawford is chewing the scenery up so much in this one, she leaves teeth marks on the wallpaper ... check out the start of the film where, through the magic of a Vaseline smeared lens, a 58 year old Crawford is supposed to be a hotsy totsy broad in a tight skirt and come-fuck-me-pumps ... you are going to love the jangly bracelet that Joan wears whenever she gets to chopping...wait for the scene when Crawford lights a match off a record playing on the phonograph and then, in the same scene, comes on to her daughter's much younger suitor...and Diane Baker is no slouch when it comes to playing crazy her self!
Cool Stuff: Crawford was such a control freak that she demanded, and got, Pepsi product placement on the set of the film (Joanie was still on the board of directors of Pepsi at the time). According to TCM's web site, when the producers and director met with the star, this occurred: Their first meeting took place at her New York apartment, where she served Castle and other executives lunch after making them remove their shoes so they wouldn't stain her new white carpet. Then she informed them that before she would agree to make the film, they would have to completely re-write the script to make it a star vehicle. Over the next two hours, she outlined the changes she thought would make the film a "Joan Crawford movie." With her revived popularity, Castle gave in, also granting her co-star and director approval. Fortunately, she agreed to let him direct his own film.
Gay Quotability: "Lucy Harbin, born and raised on a farm. Parents, poor. Education, meager. Very much a woman, and very much aware of the fact."