The mother of all mother-daughter melodramas and the apotheosis of Joan Crawford: she capped a career playing hard-nosed working girls with her ferocious, Oscar-winning turn as the titular tiger mom who bootstraps her way up from put-upon housewife to wealthy restaurateur all to win the love of her monstrously bratty little girl Veda (Ann Blyth). But what could drive her to murder? Etched in striking noir chiaroscuro, this slashing James M. Cain adaptation remains one of the most incisive and cynical films ever made about class in America. New 4K restoration