Silver Cord, The (1933): Cromwell’s Maternal Melodrma, Starring Irene Dunne and Joel McCrea

John Cromwell directed The Silver Cord, a Pre-Code melodrama, based on the 1926 Broadway play of the same title by Sidney Howard.

Laura Hope Crews reprised her stage role as an overly possessive mother, whose domineering has a negative effect on the marriage of her son (Joel McCrea) and his strong, loving wife (Irene Dunne), who demands that his first loyalty should be to her.

Irene Dunne – Christina Phelps
Joel McCrea – David Phelps
Laura Hope Crews – Mrs. Phelps
Eric Linden – Robert Phelps
Frances Dee – Hester


Directed by John Cromwell
Produced by Pandro S. Berman, Merian C. Cooper
Written by Sidney Howard (play The Silver Cord)and Jane Murfin (screenplay)
Music by Max Steiner
Cinematography: Charles Rosher
Edited by George Nicholls, Jr.
Distributed by RKO Radio Pictures
Release date May 5, 1933
Running time: 74 minutes


TCM showed the movie on May 3, 2020.