June Bride (1948)

BRETAIGNE WINDUST

Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB

USA, 1948.  Warner Bros..  Screenplay by , based on the play Feature For June by .  Cinematography by .  Produced by .  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .  

Low-point in Bette Davis‘s career, the box-office results of this film were one of the reasons she was labeled ‘poison’ in the late forties before her comeback with All About Eve two years later (actually the term was used by movie studios to tell a woman, for it was never used on men, that she was getting too old to be in pictures). She plays a tough-talking, ball-breaking (therefore, desperate to be married) magazine editor who is reunited with her former flame (Robert Montgomery) when her publisher forces her to hire him as feature writer of her House & Home-esque publication. Their assignment is to cover the June wedding of an Indiana bride (but photograph it in February), but observation invariably becomes interference and soon Montgomery is creating scandal in order to promote a better article.  It would be an enjoyable escapade in romantic comedy except that the humour is labored and the morality was hopelessly dated even in its time. Davis’s decision in the climax to abandon her career and follow her man wherever he might go is not only offensive, it seems to go against the very image that all movie audiences have of her, and the result is a very false-feeling idiocy that only her biggest fans will want to endure (and even then, only once). Montgomery is ridiculously hammy, and the two of them never get anything going between them (which is probably because when he’s not being hammy, he’s kinda creepy).

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