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Dangerous (1935)

Approved | | Drama | 25 December 1935 (USA)
An alcoholic actress who is considered a dangerous jinx is rehabilitated, but she then shows that she's as dangerous as ever.

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Dan Bellows finds former stage star Joyce Heath a penniless drunk and takes her to his Connecticut home for rehabilitation. Unaware that she is married to Gordon, he asks his fiancée Gail to free him and offers to sponsor Joyce in a play. When Gordon refuses to give Joyce a divorce, she runs the car into a tree crippling him for life. Joyce urges Dan return to Gail, opens her play, and begs Gordon for forgiveness. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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Bette Davis initially turned down the part that would win her the Oscar, but Warner's production chief Hal B. Wallis convinced her the role could be made into something special. See more »

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After waking up in Don's country house, Joyce sits down in a chair after berating him, and goes to pour a drink for herself twice between shots. See more »

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Joyce Heath: [In a hospital bed] You blame me for what happened. I knew you would. That's why you didn't come.
Don Bellows: Yes, I blame you.
Joyce Heath: Oh, don't say that, Don. Don't. It's a jinx. I warned you. I can't help it. I can't!
Don Bellows: You mean you can't help being rotten and selfish. You'd do anything to gain your own desire and go on leaving somebody else to pay. That's the jinx you put on people.
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Great Performance of Bette Davis
2 November 2013 | by See all my reviews

The aristocratic architect Don Bellows (Franchot Tone) worships the former successful actress Joyce Heath (Bette Davis), who prematurely left the stage considered a jinx, for changing his life for better. When Don goes with his fiancée Gail Armitage (Margaret Lindsay) and a friend to a bar, he sees Joyce completely drunken and penniless, and he takes her to his house in the countryside. Joyce stays there for a period in rehabilitation, and Don falls in love with her and calls off his engagement with Gail. Don also decides to produce a play for her and to get married with Joyce after the opening night. But Joyce has a secret in her past that will affect their lives forever.

"Dangerous" is a melodramatic movie with a great story but a corny conclusion, with Joyce Heath returning to her crippled husband. Bette Davis has a great performance and won her first Oscar of Best Actress. My vote is eight.

Title (Brazil): "Perigosa" ("Dangerous")


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