"If Otto Preminger hadn't directed it, the picture would have been a mess. It came off. Sort of." - Joan Crawford
"Daisy Kenyon" 1947
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Cast: Joan Crawford (as Daisy Kenyon), Dana Andrews, Henry Fonda, Ruth Warwick, Martha Stewart, Peggy Ann Garner, Connie Marshell,
Nicholas Joy, Art Baker.
Joan Crawford revisits her 1930 MGM love triangle vehicles in the 1947 film, "Daisy Kenyon." Daisy Kenyon (Joan
Crawford) is a successful, smart and sexy businesswoman living in Greenwich Village, NY, who appears to have her life in order.
Daisy is having a love affair with high profile lawyer Dan O' Mara (Dana Andrews) who is married with two daughters. Daisy
has fallen in love with Dan but it's made clear that she will always play second fiddle to his wife Lucille (Ruth Warrick).
Daisy has reached her limit in trying to convince Dan to divorce his wife when she meets Peter Lapham (Henry Fonda) a decorated
Army officer and former Yacht designer. Peter is almost instantly taken by Daisy and in a short time professes his love for
her. The shy and passive Peter couldn't be any more opposite from Daisy's lawyer lover Dan. Peter is also attached to another
woman, his dead wife. Peter cannot let go of the memory of his deceased wife and this leaves Daisy in another predicament
where she is once again the "other woman."
Joan Crawford was very attracted to handsome actor Henry Fonda on the set. Joan had a custom designed jockstrap designed for
Fonda with colorful jewels and fancy fixings. Crawford gift-wrapped the hot little jockstrap and had it delivered to Fonda.
When Fonda opened the gift from Crawford it took him a while to figure out what in the world it was. Once he realized it was
a jockstrap he was quite embarrassed by the gift. Later during the filming of "Daisy Kenyon," there was a scene
where Fonda had to carry Crawford up the stairs. As Fonda was carrying her up the stairs, Joan whispered in his ear, "How
about you try on that little gift I gave you later tonight?" Fonda was so taken back by Joan's aggressive nature that
he almost dropped her! Rumors from other co-stars stated that Crawford and Fonda did have a little fling while filming but
Fonda and Crawford kept mum to whether or not the rumors were true.
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Reviewer, Charlene Jones, says...
Joan is great as usual in "Daisy Kenyon," directed by tyrant/genius Otto Preminger. I guess even Joan didn't cross Otto in this one, as he is quoted to say she was quite the professional on set. She completely emasculates both Henry Fonda and Dana Andrews. I find the two children, a gawky Peggy Ann Garner and especially young, troubled Connie Marshall, quite affecting. The typical cold wife played by Ruth Warrick of "Citizen Kane" fame is enjoyable, so much more interesting than the men. No wonder Joan couldn't decide between them, they were both so boring. Joan as fashion designer/artist is intriguing. I wonder if she wore her own creations as Daisy? I'll call the shots, I'll be my own creation, thank you. She is understated in this film, perhaps mirroring the cynical noir direction of Mr. P, perhaps she responds to the somber, gray postwar enviros as somber and gray, beautiful but a bit muted. No ecstatic romance here, almost a practical choice - married lover Dana or neurotic Henry, returning from the Great War with no place to go except to Joan's bed. No man could match Joan except perhaps Gable, the love of her life, because he was the King, he was big, and she taught him the ropes in Hollywood when he was green, and he grew to match her in strength. But Henry and Dana and even Otto pale in comparison to Joan and her noir shadows, her shoulders and great hats, her boredom at the whole thing, life, love, weakness, the ineffectuality and faults of others wasting her time. Daisy made a practical choice as did Joan in making this atmospheric and dispassionate triangle.
The New York Times says..., "Joan Crawford is having man trouble again...Miss Crawford is, of course, an old hand at
being an emotionally confused and frustrated woman, and she plays the role with easy competence."