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Dark Victory (1939)

Cast: Bette Davis, Bette Davis, George Brent, more...
Director: Edmund Goulding, Edmund Goulding
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Studio: Warner Home Video
Genre: Drama, Weepies
Running Time: 106 min.
Languages: English
Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
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Synopsis
Bette Davis earned an Oscar nomination for her role in this classic four-hanky tearjerker. Judith Traherne (Bette Davis) is a very wealthy Long Island heiress whose life is a constant whirl of cocktails, parties, and wild living. Despite her hedonistic lifestyle, Judith derives little pleasure from life except for her horses, cared for by stable master Michael O'Leary (Humphrey Bogart). When Judith begins suffering from headaches and dizzy spells, Dr. Frederick Steele (George Brent) gives her the bad news: she has a brain tumor that could threaten her life if not treated immediately. Judith consents to surgery, and Frederick informs her that the operation was a success. A grateful Judith quickly falls in love with Frederick, and they plan to marry. However, the tumor returns, and when Judith discovers that she has only a few months to live, she calls off the wedding, convinced that Frederick is marrying her only as an act of pity for a dying woman. A major success and perennial favorite, Dark Victory was later remade as Stolen Hours with Susan Hayward and as a TV movie starring Elizabeth Montgomery. ~ Mark Deming, All Movie Guide

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PROGNOSIS NEGATIVE by dnhoshor June 26, 2004 - 6:55 AM PDT
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Dark Victory is worth watching for the performance by Bette Davis, and the uncharacteristic performances by Ronald Reagan and Humphrey Bogart. Bette Davis smokes a carton of cigarttes and drinks a case or two of booze in the first hour-and-a-half of the movie. Following her brain surgery, she flits around wearing an assortment of what can only be described as brownie caps. In the final fifteen minutes of the movie, she loses the brownie caps, marries, and moves to Vermont with her brain surgeon husband. In typical Hollywood style, her vision fails in the final minutes of her life, she send her husband off to New York to a medical conference, she goes to bed and dies. The story is weak, but Bette Davis is a strong presence.




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