Autumn Leaves (film)
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Autumn Leaves (1956) is a Columbia Pictures feature film starring Joan Crawford and Cliff Robertson in an older woman/younger man tale of mental illness. The screenplay was written by Jean Rouverol and Hugo Butler, though it was credited to Jack Jevne, Rouverol and Butler being blacklisted at the time of the film's release. The film was directed by Robert Aldrich and produced by William Goetz. Autumn Leaves won an international award for its director and has been released to VHS.Spinsterish Millicent "Millie" Wetherby (Crawford) works at home as a self-employed typist. One evening in a diner, she meets a lonely young man named Burt Hanson. They take a liking to one another and begin dating. When Burt proposes, Millie accepts and they marry. Burt's ex-wife Virginia (Vera Miles) and his father (Lorne Greene) abruptly enter the scene. Burt is haunted by the day when he discovered his wife and father making love; he begins displaying signs of mental instability with their sudden, unwelcomed presence in his life. When he becomes violent, Millie sends him to a mental hospital. His condition improves with treatment, and he severs connections with his past. Millie happily discovers he still loves her and they look forward to a brighter future. Cast includes Ruth Donnelly as Millie's landlady Liz, Marjorie Bennett as a diner waitress, and Frank Gerstle as Mr. Ramsey.
Year of Production: 1956
Country: United States
- Robert Aldrich
- William Goetz
- Joan Crawford, Cliff Robertson