Richard Fleischer directed The Girl in the Red Velvet Swing, a fact-based movie, shot in CinemaScope, starring Joan Collins, Ray Milland, and Farley Granger.

The Twentieth Century-Fox had originally planned the lead for Marilyn Monroe, and when she refused to do it, she was suspended.

The film relates the fictionalized story of model and actress Evelyn Nesbit (Joan Collins). Nesbit was embroiled in a scandal surrounding the June 1906 murder of her paramour, architect Stanford White (Ray Milland), by her husband, rail and coal tycoon Harry Kendall Thaw (Farley Granger).

In the court proceedings, Thaw is acquitted by the jury based on insanity, and Nesbit apologizes to Mrs. White, taking responsibility for the murder (“it was my fault, I fell in love with him”).

Writer Walter Reisch claims that Fox was enthusiastic because producer Charlie Brackett knew Stanford White as a boy.

They tracked down Nesbit to get permission to make the film. Nesbit agreed in exchange for money though she was reluctant to do publicity for the film.

Grade: B- (** out of *****)

The Girl in the Red Velvet Swing
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Joan Collins and Ray Milland


Joan Collins and Farley Granger


Ray Milland as Stanford White
Joan Collins as Evelyn Nesbit Thaw
Farley Granger as Harry Kendall Thaw
Luther Adler as Delphin Delmas
Cornelia Otis Skinner as Mrs. Thaw
Glenda Farrell as Mrs. Nesbit
Frances Fuller as Mrs. Elizabeth White
Phillip Reed as Robert J. Collier
Gale Robbins as Gwen Arden
James Lorimer as McCaleb
John Hoyt as William Travers Jerome
Robert F. Simon as Stage Manager
Harvey Stephens as Dr. Hollingshead
Emile Meyer as Hunchbacher


Directed by Richard Fleischer

Written by Walter Reisch, Charles Brackett
Produced by Charles Brackett
Cinematography Milton R. Krasner
Edited by William Mace
Music by Leigh Harline
Distributed by 20th Century Fox

Release date: October 1, 1955

Running time: 109 minutes

Budget $1.7 million
Box office $1.3 million (US)

TCM showed the movie on Sep 20, 2022.