This strange curiosity piece might have made some sense if whimsy had been injected, but it failed to make any noise because it lay there like a lump of clay. Robards is a weak-willed postman married to an all-time shrew, Dennis, who is so overbearing that Robards decides the only way to
escape her is to metamorphose into a tree (hence the title). Robards goes from a sympathetic to a self-centered man, and we lose any feeling of caring for him, something we never have for the preposterous, posturing Dennis, whose acting tricks pall very quickly. When she first appeared on the
screen in SPLENDOR IN THE GRASS, her nervous and quirky mannerisms were thought to be a br...