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In memory of her birthday on March 23rd, we thought we would share our 5 favorite Joan Crawford movies.

 

grand hotelGrand Hotel (1932)

She was in top form in Grand Hotel. Her role in this is not the shrewish characters she would play later in her career and is a nice departure if you are only acquainted with those roles.

Grand Hotel has an amazing ensemble cast include Greta Garbo, John Barrymore, Wallace Beery, Lionel Barrymore and of course Joan Crawford. Guests check in, share parts of their lives with one another and then leave. In the movie she plays Flaemmchen a hired stenographer for textile magnate General Director Preysing (Wallace Beery), who is in Berlin to make an important business deal. Murder and mayhem ensue.

 

Poster for the movie "The Women"

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The Women (1937)

Joan plays Crystal Allen who is a witch with a capital “B”.

A happily married woman (Norma Shearer) who lets her catty friends( lead by