A scene from The Silver Cord written by the American playwright Sidney Howard (1891 - 1939) and produced at the St. Martin Theatre, London, in 1927
"With The Silver Cord, Howard had a major hit. A drama about a mother who is pathologically close to her sons and works to undermine their romances, it starred Pauline Lord and was one of the most talked-about plays of the 1926-27 Broadway season. It was a story for a decade fascinated by talk of Freud, Oedipal complexes, and family dysfunction. The Silver Cord is also the only original play by Howard to outlive its era. (His 1929 adaptation S.S. Tenacity is periodically revived.) The play was occasionally staged by regional theater companies through the late twentieth century, and its first Off-Broadway production was mounted in 2013. The 1933 film of the play starred Irene Dunne and Joel McCrea."