Tag Archive: Bette Davis

Hell’s House

BB.5 (out of 5) A teenager (Junior Durkin) loses his mother in a ridiculous traffic accident (a car mows her down in front of her farmhouse), so he goes to live in the big… Continue reading

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Dangerous

BBB (out of 5) Popular opinion had it that Bette Davis was overlooked by the Academy for her performance in Of Human Bondage, so she was easily expected to garner her first of two trophies… Continue reading

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Watch On the Rhine

BBB (out of 5) Lillian Hellman’s play is adapted to the screen by Dashiell Hammett with respectable results, giving Bette Davis another chance to prove herself queen of Warners dramas and winning Paul Lukas an… Continue reading

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June Bride

BB (out of 5) 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… Continue reading

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Mr. Skeffington

BB.5 (out of 5) As with many similar soap opera films in which Bette Davis appeared, this one provides her with a magnificently juicy role while being in itself a grand bore. She plays… Continue reading

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Vito

BBBB.5 (out of 5) Sixteen years after the excellent documentary The Celluloid Closet, based on the book by Vito Russo, comes this superb documentary about the life of the man himself. It’s a… Continue reading

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Another Man’s Poison

BBB (out of 5) Bette Davis co-stars with real-life husband Gary Merrill in this enjoyably noir-ish drama.  She plays a famous mystery writer whose ex-convict husband’s bank robbery partner (Merrill) shows up at her countryside… Continue reading

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Now, Voyager

BBBB (out of 5) One of Bette Davis‘ greatest Warner Bros. melodramas is this powerful drama about a woman’s emergence into her own self. She plays an ugly duckling spinster who, thanks to… Continue reading

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The Corn Is Green

BBBB (out of 5) 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… Continue reading

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Phone Call From A Stranger

BBB (out of 5) After a plane crash takes the lives of several people, survivor Gary Merrill takes it upon himself to meet with all the victims’ families and tell them of his last… Continue reading

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The Petrified Forest

BBBB (out of 5) Early Bette Davis classic is one of the best stage adaptations to come out of Hollywood in the thirties. Leslie Howard plays a motorist who stops in for car repairs at… Continue reading

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Three On A Match

BBB (out of 5) Fascinating example of how different Hollywood films were before the introduction of the Hays code. Three girls know each other in grade school and then grow up to become… Continue reading

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The Virgin Queen

BBB.5 (out of 5) Bette Davis played Queen Elizabeth I twice in her career, first in The Private Lives of Elizabeth and Essex and then again sixteen years later in this costume soaper. While… Continue reading

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The Man Who Came To Dinner

BBBB.5 (out of 5) Excellent comedy about a crotchety old newspaper columnist (Monty Woolley, recreating the role he played on Broadway), who, wheelchair-bound after having fallen and broken his leg, is invited to… Continue reading

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Return From Witch Mountain

BB (out of 5) Weak sequel to the superhit original will be enjoyed by children only. The two kids with mystical powers from Escape To Witch Mountain have returned, a couple of years… Continue reading

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Watcher In The Woods

BB.5 (out of 5) This one’s a fun spooker for the kids, while adults will find it corny and anticlimactic.  Bette Davis has a glorified cameo (though she’s top-billed) as an elderly woman who… Continue reading

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Dead Ringer

BB.5 (out of 5) It’s hard to contain Bette Davis into one role, so from time to time you’ve got to give her two. Playing twins for the second time in her career (the… Continue reading

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The Star

BB.5 (out of 5) 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… Continue reading

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All About Eve

BBBBB (out of 5) Here’s perfect writing if ever a movie ever had it. Bette Davis plays famous and established actress Margo Channing, a self-centred but vulnerable woman who is pursued relentlessly by Eve… Continue reading

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Death On The Nile

BBBB (out of 5) Like Murder On The Orient Express before it, this is an energetic and enjoyable adaptation of an Agatha Christie murder mystery. A group of strangers, old aristocrats and young… Continue reading

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Madame Sin

BBB (out of 5) Bette Davis has fun parading around as an Asian villainess in this enjoyable thriller. Robert Wagner plays a CIA agent who is ensnared by Davis’s Madame Sin, a sort… Continue reading

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Dark Victory

BBBB (out of 5) It always amazes me that my fellow campy queens who run around quoting Bette Davis lines (“Fasten your seat belts…blah blah blah…what a dump…blah blah blah”) don’t reach for any… Continue reading

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The Old Maid

BBB.5 (out of 5) Typical Bette Davis soaper has the great actress giving birth to a child out of wedlock and having her married cousin (Miriam Hopkins) raise her to hide the scandal. Naturally,… Continue reading

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The Great Lie

BBB.5 (out of 5) When Mary Astor and George Brent elope, they find out their marriage is invalid because her previous divorce has yet to come through. Complications ensue and soon Brent is off to… Continue reading

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The Little Foxes

BBBBB (out of 5) The best you’ll ever get of Bette Davis playing bad is in this superb adaptation of Lillian Hellman’s unforgettable play.  She plays a southern matriarch who, along with her… Continue reading

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The Letter

BBBB.5 (out of 5) In the exotic jungles of Malaya, Bette Davis is the wife of a rubber plantation owner (Herbert Marshall) who shoots her lover in a fit of rage. Going to jail… Continue reading

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Jezebel

BBB.5 (out of 5) Bette Davis stuns the crowd again as a rebellious southern gal who shockingly wears red to her cotillion ball (gasp!)  She also openly pursues a handsome gentleman (Henry Fonda)… Continue reading

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All This, and Heaven Too

BBBB.5 (out of 5) Terrific costume drama is one of the best films Bette Davis made at Warner Bros. during her reign as their most respected female star. Davis plays the poor governess to… Continue reading

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Beyond The Forest

BB (out of 5) This is the film that Elizabeth Taylor quotes in Who’s Afraid Of Virginia Woolf?: Bette Davis made movie history simply by entering a room, looking around and exclaiming ‘What… Continue reading

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In This Our Life

BB (out of 5) 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… Continue reading

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Juarez

BBBB (out of 5) Powerful and impressively mounted film biography of the famous Mexican revolutionary Benito Juarez (Paul Muni, a mainstay of Warner Bros. film biographies at the time).  Juarez fights for the… Continue reading

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Hollywood Canteen

BB (out of 5) War propaganda has never been as shameless as in this endless bore. The film takes place in the actual Hollywood canteen, a real nightclub started in the forties by… Continue reading

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Burnt Offerings

BB.5 (out of 5) An average California family, headed by Karen Black and Oliver Reed, take a summer home in the country that turns out to be haunted. At first, things like Reed… Continue reading

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The Private Lives Of Elizabeth And Essex (Essex And Elizabeth)

BBBB.5 (out of 5) The volatile love affair between Queen Elizabeth I and Robert Earl of Essex in 16th-century England is the main focus of this fascinating and gorgeously shot costume drama. Bette… Continue reading

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Of Human Bondage

BBB (out of 5) Dramatic adaptation of F. Somerset Maugham’s depressing novel about the love affair between a poor waif (Bette Davis in her first explosive role) and a shy, sensitive medical student… Continue reading

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Wicked Stepmother

B (out of 5) This forgettable piece of crap is only worth mentioning because it was the last film role performed by the legendary Bette Davis. She and Barbara Carrera play a mother-daughter… Continue reading

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Pocketful Of Miracles

BB.5 (out of 5) Frank Capra remakes his own Lady For A Day with mediocre results, taking a charming little black and white movie and blowing it up into a ridiculously overproduced Technicolour… Continue reading

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A Stolen Life

BB.5 (out of 5) What’s better than watching Bette Davis in a movie? Watching two Bette Davises in a movie! She plays twin sisters who are both in love with the same man (Glenn… Continue reading

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The Anniversary

BBB (out of 5) Bette Davis has so much fun chewing the scenery in this hilariously campy melodrama that she even seems to be chewing up all the actors too. She plays the matriarch… Continue reading

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Marked Woman

BBB.5 (out of 5) “I’ll get you! Even if I have to come back from the grave to do it!” Bette Davis screams at the man responsible for her innocent sister’s death. She plays… Continue reading

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The Whales Of August

BBB (out of 5) This film is a chance to see two great veterans of the cinema in action. Lillian Gish, who at 93 was the oldest actress to ever have a leading role in… Continue reading

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What Ever Happened To Baby Jane?

BBBB (out of 5) Bette Davis and Joan Crawford, famous for an off-screen rivalry, get terrific onscreen mileage for playing two sisters who were once child stars, one an invalid following a car accident… Continue reading

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Hush…Hush, Sweet Charlotte

BBB.5 (out of 5) Following the enormous success of What Ever Happened To Baby Jane?, director Robert Aldrich is brought back to make another gothic horror film involving aging Hollywood actresses.  Bette Davis plays… Continue reading

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