Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB. USA, 1945. Warner Bros.. Screenplay by Frank Cavett, Casey Robinson, based on the play by Emlyn Williams. Cinematography by Sol Polito. Produced by Jack Chertok. Music by Max Steiner. Production Design by Carl Jules Weyl. Costume Design by Orry-Kelly. Film Editing by Frederick Richards. Academy Awards 1945.
This fully vibrant adaptation of Emlyn Williams’ successful stage play is at its best in its first half, watching Bette Davis sweep into a tiny town in the Welsh countryside and take over with her new world ideas. John Dall co-stars as a miner who turns out to be quite gifted in scholastic abilities, whom Davis pushes to reach for the stars academically. The second half of the film, which concerns itself with Dall’s trying for Oxford and dealing with a few ‘domestic’ problems, isn’t as invigorating as the first, but on the whole it’s a beautiful experience of a film. Remade as a telefilm in 1979 with Katharine Hepburn and directed by George Cukor.