Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB. USA, 1942. Warner Bros.. Screenplay by Howard Koch, based on the novel by Ellen Glasgow. Cinematography by Ernest Haller. Produced by Hal B. Wallis. Music by Max Steiner. Production Design by Robert M. Haas. Costume Design by Orry-Kelly. Film Editing by William Holmes.
A spoiled, bitchy socialite (Bette Davis, of course) dumps her fiancee (George Brent) and runs off with her sister’s instead. After the manipulated man (Dennis Morgan) commits suicide to escape her, Davis returns home only to find that her sister (Olivia de Havilland) is now marrying the man she left behind. While trying to win Brent back to her, Davis kills a woman and her daughter in a hit-and-run accident and immediately pins it on her black servant. This turgid soap opera is boatloads of fun for Davis fans, for rarely has her badass personality been used to such campy effect. The story is pure lunacy, with nothing unique that could possibly distinguish it from many of the other lesser-quality melodramas that Davis did in an effort to provide more complicated and challenging women for the big screen.