|Joan Crawford||Eva Phillips|
|Barry Sullivan||Avery 'Beauty' Phillips|
|Betsy Palmer||Carol Lee Phillips|
|John Ireland||Judson Prentiss|
|Lucy Marlow||Jennifer Stewart|
In the 1950s American South, the vicious and conniving Eva Phillips makes the lives of those around her miserable -- especially her husband, Avery, who resorts to heavy drinking and becomes an alcoholic. Meanwhile, when Eva discovers her sister-in-law is to wed her former lover, she really becomes nasty. Witnessing Eva's cruel exploits is Avery's cousin, Jennifer Stewart, who can only stand by, mortified.