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Plot: A flighty heiress discovers inner strength when she develops a brain tumor.
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The Epitome of Davis Soaps
Bette Davis always cited this as her favourite role: it is probably on a par with Margo Channing in ALL ABOUT EVE as the part which fans identify with as definitive Davis. Naturally, this 1939 film will look a little musty, corny and cliched to modern day viewers, but the poignant sincerity in which Davis instilled via her magnificent performance still has the ability to leave the viewer in helpless tears: you can be dumbfounded to think that something so obviously aimed at your tear ducts could succeed to induce the flow so completely and spontaneously! The role is based upon a 1934 play in which Tallulah Bankhead flopped. The character of Ann King was written especially for the film by director Edmund Goulding: as a kind of Greek Chorus so Judith wouldn’t have to complain about the inevitable. Geraldine Fitzgerald, in her American film debut, does a wondrous job with the part of Ann: a beautifully etched supporting performance. As Michael O’Leary, Humphrey Bogart is unfortunately inept in the Irish brogue department (why couldn’t they have simply cut out the accent?) and George Brent is adequately wooden as Dr. Frederick Steele whom Judy marries. Davis slams through a gooey collection of cliches in her nerviest style during the early segments but her metamorphasis into a vibrantly humbled married woman is quite a striking contrast to the selfishly brazen spoiled heiress: truly a multi-faceted performance. Ronald Reagan gets to play Alec, one of Judy’s drunken swains, and Cora Witherspoon is memorable as the snotty Carrie. The last twenty minutes of the film are expertly crafted and timelessly tear-jerking: the movie sold more kleenex than any other of its day.
The ultimate tear-jerker!
Not only is this sublime classic the greatest tear-jerker of all time (well, let’s call it a tie with “Lassie Come Home”), it also contains one of the greatest performances ever given by Bette Davis. In the hands of a lesser actress this movie could have been a soppy pot-boiler. In the hands of Ms Davis it is close to being a masterpiece. If most of the supporting players can’t match her it’s no wonder – Bette is truly inspired here! The normally fine Geraldine Fitzgerald seems rather self-conscious in a difficult role (and an early one for her), and George Brent can’t handle the really emotional stuff. But Bogart is stunning in that sexually charged scene with Bette in the stables. Ronnie doesn’t have much to do, but Virginia Brissac is memorable as Martha and Henry Travers terrific as the old doctor.
Above all this is the excellent direction of Edmund Goulding, the fine cinematography of Ernest Haller and the great music of Max Steiner. Sure, dying in real life is never this beautiful, but don’t we all wish we could go out with the style that Bette Davis does? Be warned: the last 15 minutes of this film are almost torturously moving – but then ALL of “Lassie Come Home” is. And don’t we just love a good cry!
Original Language en
Runtime 1 hr 44 min (104 min), 1 hr 36 min (96 min) (West Germany)
Genre Drama, Romance
Director Edmund Goulding
Writer Casey Robinson (screen play), George Emerson Brewer Jr. (from the play by), Bertram Bloch (from the play by)
Actors Bette Davis, George Brent, Humphrey Bogart, Geraldine Fitzgerald
Awards Nominated for 3 Oscars. Another 3 wins & 3 nominations.
Production Company Warner Brothers, First National Pictures
Sound Mix Mono
Aspect Ratio 1.37 : 1
Film Length (11 reels), 2,871 m (Netherlands)
Negative Format 35 mm
Cinematographic Process Spherical
Printed Film Format 35 mm