Private Worlds

Private Worlds is a 1935 drama film which tells the story of the staff and patients at a mental hospital, and the chief of the hospital who has problems dealing with a female psychiatrist. The film stars Claudette Colbert, Charles Boyer, Joel McCrea, Joan Bennett, and Helen Vinson.

Directed byGregory La Cava
Produced byWalter Wanger
Written byGregory La Cava
Lynn Starling
Phyllis Bottome (story)
StarringClaudette Colbert
Charles Boyer
Joel McCrea
Joan Bennett
Helen Vinson
Music byHeinz Roemheld (uncredited)
CinematographyLeon Shamroy
Edited byAubrey Scotto
Distributed byParamount Pictures
Release date
  • April 19, 1935 (1935-04-19)
Running time
84 min
CountryUnited States
Box office$819,118[1]

The movie was written by Phyllis Bottome, Gregory La Cava and Lynn Starling, and was directed by La Cava. Cinematographer Leon Shamroy used early zoom lenses to create special effects for the film.

It was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actress (Claudette Colbert).

The film is based on a story by novelist Phyllis Bottome who has had several of her works transferred to film, such as The Mortal Storm (MGM, 1940).


The film tells the story of problems in the lives of doctors and patients. A female doctor (Colbert) probes the twisted minds of her patients in a mental institution. The very caring psychiatrist and her colleague face discrimination by a conservative new supervisor.



The film had a loss of $10,458.[1]


  1. Matthew Bernstein, Walter Wagner: Hollywood Independent, Minnesota Press, 2000 p435

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