This film is full of wonderful performances, and features some of the premiere actresses of the day. Let's start with Celeste Holm and Betsy Blair as Grace and Hester, the bookends to Virginia's confinement. Holm's Grace cares for Virginia as she begins her confinement; as Virginia heals, she becomes mentor to the disturbed Hester (Blair). Other patients in the hospital are portrayed by Beulah Bondi, Ruth Donnelly, Lee Patrick, and Isabel Jewell. Though their parts are small, each adds to the atmosphere of the hospital in their own unique way. Another interesting performance is that of Natalie Schafer as Virginia's mother, certainly high on the list of dysfunctional parents!
On the distaff side, we have Leo Genn as Dr. Kik, Virginia's psychiatrist, Mark Stevens as her husband Robert, and Leif Erickson as her one-time boyfriend, Gordon. The men however, merely serve as window-dressing. It is the women who rule this picture. It is their performances you will remember.
Here, we see a trailer from the film: