Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.5.
USA, 1952. Bert E. Friedlob Productions. Screenplay by Dale Eunson, Katherine Albert. Cinematography by Ernest Laszlo. Produced by Bert E. Friedlob. Music by Victor Young. Production Design by Boris Leven. Costume Design by Orry-Kelly, Ann Peck. Film Editing by Otto Ludwig. Academy Awards 1952.
Times were obviously getting tough for Bette Davis following her coup in All About Eve. One of the best roles she played before Whatever Happened To Baby Jane ten years later was in this forgettable soap opera about (you guessed it!) an ageing star who is having trouble getting work in Hollywood. There’s nothing to recommend it except that Davis gives a fantastic, fully charged, guns loaded performance in the lead: who else can grab an Academy Award statuette and scream out ‘Come on, Oscar! Let’s you and me go get drunk!’ and make it memorable (and kitschy in a memorable way)? Look for a very young Natalie Wood as her daughter.