Coward wrote "Fumed Oak," which he described as "an unpleasant comedy,"
in 1936. . . Almost a soap opera in the working out of the dynamics of
the relationship between a browbeaten mid-mannered husband, a
domineering mean-spirited and cold wife, a nastily complaining
mother-in-law and a selfish, sniveling teen-age daughter. . .
Carratello was . . . in control and assured in her portrayal of an
icily proper woman more interested in appearances than in the emotional
needs of her family.
Monterey County Herald