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Carrie (1952)




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Carrie is based on Sister Carrie, a novel by Theodore Dreiser. Dreiser's clumsy, unwieldy prose is streamlined into a neat and precise screenplay by Ruth and Augustus Goetz. Jennifer Jones stars as Carrie, who leaves her go-nowhere small town for the wicked metropolis of Chicago. Here she becomes the mistress of brash traveling salesman Charles Drouet (Eddie Albert), then throws him over in favor of erudite restaurant manager George Hurstwood (Laurence Olivier). Obsessed by Carrie, George steals money from his boss to support her in the manner to which he thinks she is accustomed. Left broke and disgraced by the ensuing scandal, Carrie deserts George to become an actress. Years later, the conscience-stricken Carrie tries to regenerate George, who has fallen into bum-hood. If Laurence Olivier seems a surprising casting choice in Carrie, try to imagine what the film would have been like had Cary Grant, Paramount's first choice, accepted the role.

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Laurence Olivier
as George Hurstwood
Miriam Hopkins
as Julie Hurstwood
Eddie Albert
as Charles Drouet
Basil Ruysdael
as Mr. Fitzgerald
Ray Teal
as Allan
Barry Kelley
as Slawson
Sara Berner
as Mrs. Oransky
William Reynolds
as George Hurstwood Jr.
Mary Murphy
as Jessica Hurstwood
Harry Hayden
as O'Brien
Dorothy Adams
as Carrie's mother
Walter S. Baldwin
as Carrie's father
Melinda Plowman
as Little girl
Don Beddoe
as Goodman
Royal Dano
as Captain
William Bailey
as Man at Bar
James Flavin
as Mike the Bartender
Harry Denny
as Elderly Man
Harlan Briggs
as Joe Brant
A. Ben Astar
as Louis the Headwaiter
Martin Doric
as Maitre D'
Jack Gargan
as Bartender
Eric Alden
as Bartender
Donald Kerr
as Bartender
Jean De Briac
as Wine Steward
Margaret Field
as Servant girl
Jerry James
as Boy Friend
Roy Butler
as Conductor
Anita Sparrow
as Factory Worker
Jay Eaton
as Bride's Father
Charles Halton
as Parson/Factory Foreman
Leon Tyler
as Connell
Ralph Sanford
as Older Waiter
Jim Davies
as Waiter
Harry Hines
as Floor Man
George Melford
as Patrons at Slawson'
Al Ferguson
as Patrons at Slawson'
John Alvin
as Stage manager
Gail Bonney
as Older Chorus Girl
Mike Mahoney
as Call Boy
Bill Sheehan
as Assistant Stage Manager
Sherry Hall
as Theater Cashier
Howard Mitchell
as Businessman
Allan Ray
as Stage Door Johnnies
Daria Massey
as Carrie's Sister
Edward Clark
as Ticket Agent
Jack Roberts
as Bum at Hofer's
Gerry Ganzer
as Showgirl
Billy Sheehan
as Assistant Stage Manager
Charles Smith
as Young Man/Job Seeker
Frank Wilcox
as Maitre 'D
Charles McAvoy
as Policeman
Cliff Clark
as Policeman
Paul E. Burns
as Coachman
Edward J. Man
as Necktie Salesman
Stuart Holmes
as Restaurant patron
Franklyn Farnum
as Restaurant Patron
James Cornell
as Brakeman
Franklin Farnum
as Restaurant Patron
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Critic Reviews for Carrie

All Critics (6)

The direction, as might be expected, is as polished as ebony, occasionally lingering a little too long perhaps to suck the substance out of a scene, but never pausing to philosophise or preach. The story is told simply and well.

June 29, 2020 | Full Review…

Expertly directed by William Wyler, and the skilled cast includes Laurence Olivier in a finely shaded portrayal of a middle-aged man whose passion is his doom.

October 30, 2019 | Full Review…

Well-crafted but dry and sentimental adaptation of Theodore Dreiser's controversial novel Sister Carrie.

September 4, 2009 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…

Based on Theodore Dreiser's novel, William Wyler's melodrama is well directed and well acted, especially by Laurence Olivier.

July 4, 2005 | Rating: B | Full Review…

remarkable acting, better than Olivier's showier roles in those well-known Shakespearean movies, and not to be missed

November 10, 2004 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Carrie


This movie is a depressing, sad, and probably very realistic drama. If you like that, you'll like this movie, but I found it really boring.

Aj V
Aj V

Super Reviewer

Fine version of Dreiser's story considering the period when it was made. Wyler's assured direction is a big plus. Jones' fussy nervous performance is a drawback although she improves towards the end of the film. She's overpowered however whenever Laurence Olivier is on the screen giving a masterful portrayal of a man slowly disintergrating. Miriam Hopkins is also very fine as a cruel and vindictive wronged wife.

jay nixon
jay nixon

Super Reviewer


"carrie" is adapted from classic realism satirist theodore dreiser's "sister carrie" which parodies the metropolitan alienation on uptowners, and the essence of the novel is about the futility of dreams among a bunch of soulessly philistines without spiritual substance, estray in the immense sphere abound with materialistic inquisitions. but somehow the movie production transmutes into a dirge of a romantic steer with the veil of overflowing sentimentality which invetibly leads to melodramaticity. it transforms into a showcast vehicle for laurence olivier as dashing middle-aged man suffering from a suffocating marriage to a cruel uncaring woman, then he seeks solace from a burgeoning fair carrie as the love of his life. depraved by his obnoxious wife's confinement, he commits thievery to elope with carrie by deceiving carrie into the train with false excuse. but the script grants abundant mercy to the olivier's hurstwood who is merely compelled by the relentless opressions of a frigid woman. and later hurstwood degenerates into street bum, but his torch for carrie remains flamy, at last he condescends himself into panhandling from carrie for a meal. but he rejects her further charity to embrace him back into her luxurious patronship. it totally neglects the core spirit of the novel and its severe philosophy of life's crude grimness which rots everyone, carrie for vanity and desire, hurstwood for cracked pride...etc. the movie interpretation is naive beautification to smoothen it into a tragic romance, hurstwood becomes a noble gentleman distressed in ill fate, and carrie is a simplistic ingenue with pious faith in love. in the novel, carrie is complicated with peacockish naivety and knee opportunitism which guide her into being a dishonorable mistress trading herself for the extravagenza. hurstwood under dreiser's pen is a duplicious liar who methodically guiles carrie with the complacency to flatter himself with the affair of a young lad, and he cannot take defeats well so he shuns away from frustraction with no backbone, a complete loser demised without name, title, not even a bit concern from carrie. hollywood is alsways inclined to capsulate literature with sugary romanticism despite the grittiness in the original work, same with "a place in the sun" which is dreiser's another masterpiece sweetened by the studio that transpires into another tear-jerking melodrama. only olivier's performance is worthy of praises for his dignified suaveness, but the whole flick is literarily written for him, isn't it?

Veronique Kwak
Veronique Kwak

Super Reviewer

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