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      Private Worlds

      Released Apr 19, 1935 1h 24m Drama List
      Reviews At the Brentwood Asylum for the mentally ill, psychiatrist partners Jane Everest (Claudette Colbert) and Alex MacGregor (Joel McCrea) are broken up by the new superintendent, Dr. Charles Monet (Charles Boyer), who has a low regard for women physicians. Jane and Charles clash on patient treatment, and Jane learns that Charles has a sister, Claire (Helen Vinson), with a mysterious past. Frustrated by the situation at work, Alex begins treating Claire, despite the concerns of his wife. Read More Read Less

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      Meyer Levin (Patterson Murphy) Esquire Magazine Claudette Colbert's steadily charming performance of the woman doctor is distinguished by unusually good use of voice. Apr 16, 2020 Full Review Ann Ross Maclean's Magazine Even if you don't actually like Private Worlds, w'hich is all about the goings-on in a mental hospital, you will find it uncomfortably absorbing. Oct 4, 2019 Full Review Graham Greene The Spectator The theme of "private worlds," which should have made us disturbingly aware of the small difference between the fantasies of doctor and patient, is lost in a conventional love story. May 10, 2018 Full Review Emanuel Levy EmanuelLevy.Com Claudette Colbert received her second Best Actress oscar nomination for playing a doctor in this Hollywood melodrama about mental illness Rated: B Aug 12, 2011 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Audience Member Based on a novel by Phyllis Bottome, Colbert and McCrea are progressive psychiatrists who try to improve patient treatment, against the wishes of the local "Send 'em to the padded cell" Nurse Ratched type (Esther Dale). Unfortunately, the new and improved treatment seems to consist of Claudette getting up in the patient's face, grinning like a jack-o'-lantern and saying, "I'm your friend!" That would make me catatonic for sure. Joan Bennett, as McCrea's wife, feels threatened by his closeness with Colbert. McCrea expects to be the new head of the institution, but the board chooses a conservative outsider (Boyer). If you aren't expecting a hate-turns-to-love vibe for Boyer and Colbert, you haven't watched enough movies. To get revenge on Boyer, McCrea starts an affair with Boyer's nutso sister (Helen Vinson). Charles Boyer and Helen Vinson are the least likely siblings this side of Dean Martin and Wendy Hiller in Toys in the Attic, and we never learn why one talks like Paris, France, and one talks like Paris, Texas. Gregory La Cava is a fine director of romantic comedy, but this film needed an Edmund Goulding or John Cromwell, someone who could develop the domestic melodrama implicit in this material. All of the "sane" people come close to breaking down at one point or another, and that could have been the unifying theme behind the script. The pacing is off, and the script is too talky. The four stars are effectively cast, and several rounds of script revision and perhaps a different director might have made this a much better film. One of the mental patients (the one who keeps saying "I'm Carrie Flint!") is played by Jean Rouverol, who would be blacklisted and eventually would write for the soaps. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 02/08/23 Full Review steve d Conventional but engaging. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 03/30/23 Full Review Audience Member For it's time it was probably quite enlightened but now it's woefully dated. Colbert was nominated for a Best Actress Oscar and while she's competent as usual they is nothing extraordinary about her work here. Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 02/27/23 Full Review Read all reviews Post a rating

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      Synopsis At the Brentwood Asylum for the mentally ill, psychiatrist partners Jane Everest (Claudette Colbert) and Alex MacGregor (Joel McCrea) are broken up by the new superintendent, Dr. Charles Monet (Charles Boyer), who has a low regard for women physicians. Jane and Charles clash on patient treatment, and Jane learns that Charles has a sister, Claire (Helen Vinson), with a mysterious past. Frustrated by the situation at work, Alex begins treating Claire, despite the concerns of his wife.
      Director
      Gregory La Cava
      Distributor
      Paramount Pictures
      Genre
      Drama
      Original Language
      English
      Release Date (Theaters)
      Apr 19, 1935, Original
      Runtime
      1h 24m