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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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Complete credited cast:
Mrs. Williams
John Eldredge ...
Gordon Heath
Walter Walker ...
Roger Farnsworth
Pitt Hanley
Charles Melton
George Sheffield
Douglas Wood ...
Reed Walsh (as William Davidson)


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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25 December 1935 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Hard Luck Dame  »

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Did You Know?


Though Bette Davis was very proud of the Oscar she won for this film, she didn't think she deserved it that year - in her opinion, Katharine Hepburn should have won for Alice Adams (1935). Davis always thought she won as compensation for not even being nominated for her star-making performance in Of Human Bondage (1934) the previous year. See more »


Joyce Heath: You love me, don't you, Gordon?
Gordon Heath: When a man ruins his life for something, it's liable to be pretty real.
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Featured in P.S. I Love You (2007) See more »


Sweet and Slow
(1935) (uncredited)
Music by Harry Warren
Played on the piano in the bar
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Davis and Tone Shine in Melodrama
25 September 2000 | by (Cleveland, Ohio USA) – See all my reviews

So let her be flamboyant, if she wants to be. She had audiences riveted to their seats in 1935 with this strong performance.

How remarkable today, in 2000, that this 65-year-old portrayl can still hypnotize. It is solid Bette Davis work, with Franchot Tone lending fine support in every scene.

This legendary actress may chew a bit of scenery here and there, but then that's what makes her work so distinctive: here's a real personality, a star, who puts it all out there. She doesn't apologize either. . . just let's it all hang out and, if you like it, fine--if not, tis no big deal. She seems to have been a born actress, too -- with her style the opposite of the Method. Go on and indicate emotion when you're not up to drawing a sincere response. Keep folks wondering where the real Davis begins and the posing one leaves off. You're so good a what you do, you don't need to worry. . . your fans will lap it up anyway.

Which they did, by the millions. Davis was recently voted the number one film actress of the 20th century in a popular poll by moviegoers. That speaks legions about how her work, after all these years, is still regarded. ###

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