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the title character had been played by someone other than Joan Crawford. She did have a few moments in the film, but I never could buy that Dan and Peter were fighting over her.

The film historian who did the commentary on the dvd said she was too old but that never occurred to me while I watched it. It was more that she just wasn't convincing as an appealing woman that two men want.

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The film historian was correct; Crawford was too old. But you are more correct that the film historian; Crawford just wasn't appealing. In fact, with the linebacker shoulder pads that she favored and those legs like baseball bats, Crawford never appealed to me in any of her films. There have been actresses who had an actractiveness that shone through physical qualities, but Joan Crawford wasn't one of them.

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I think Joan is attractive and magnetizing, but she was too old for this role. Not that she looked like a wrinkled hag, but I just couldn't wrap my mind around a mature woman in her 40s filled with indecision and melodrama over two men. I would have bought Joan in the role had they shown Daisy being courted by Dan, but since this was adaptation from a book, they didn't have much room to add scenes that never existed. Joan did a good job, but I would have loved to have seen Gene Tierney or even Jeanne Crain (if they stayed on the Fox lot) as Daisy Kenyon (and get rid of wooden, lifeless Henry Fonda!).

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So you have never known any women in their 40s filled with indecision and melodrama over two men? Maturity is a state of mind and doesn't always come with age. But the whole "she was too old' mentality is why everyone is so obsessed with age. We cant stay 20 forever so we need to get away from this ageist way of thinking. Whether or not she played the part well or not should have little to nothing to do with age. The only time age should matter in movies if when it is a child or character fresh out of high school, but even someone young can play someone old, check out a young Maggie Smith in Travels with My Aunt.

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So you have never known any women in their 40s filled with indecision and melodrama over two men? Maturity is a state of mind and doesn't always come with age. But the whole "she was too old' mentality is why everyone is so obsessed with age. We cant stay 20 forever so we need to get away from this ageist way of thinking. Whether or not she played the part well or not should have little to nothing to do with age. The only time age should matter in movies if when it is a child or character fresh out of high school, but even someone young can play someone old, check out a young Maggie Smith in Travels with My Aunt.
I totally, totally agree with you---except for the part about age mattering when the part calls for someone out of high-school, because there are adults who look and act like high-schoolers too.

Basically, age depends on individuality much more than chronology. I thought Crawford was attractive and good in the film. She's not my favorite beauty, but she is appealing, and the idea that she was "too old" never really crossed my mind.

Please excuse typos/funny wording; I use speech-recognition that doesn't always recognize!

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For the record she was slightly older than Andrews and slightly younger than Fonda. Maybe Crawford projected older than both but it wasn't that big of a difference.

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For the record she was slightly older than Andrews and slightly younger than Fonda. Maybe Crawford projected older than both but it wasn't that big of a difference.


Crawford was actually slightly older than Fonda (1 year) and quite a bit older than Andrews (5 years).

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So, Joan Crawford is too old to play opposite an actor her age and opposite an actor 5 years younger (when actors are routinely cast opposite actresses 20, 30, or even 40 years younger), but Gene Tierney (who is 15 and 11 years younger than the 2 actors) and Jeanne Crain (who is 20 and 16 years younger) would have been age-appropriate. Maybe women should just fall on grenades when they hit 30.

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