Dangerous (1935)

Approved  |   |  Drama  |  25 December 1935 (USA)
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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
Richard Carle ...
Pitt Hanley
Charles Melton
Pierre Watkin ...
George Sheffield
Douglas Wood ...
William B. Davidson ...
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)  »

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Hard Luck Dame  »

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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 »


Don Bellows: I couldn't stand it any longer.
Teddy: Say, listen, being an extra man at the Lynn's dinner party is like being a spare corpse at a wake.
Gail Armitage: [to Don] I could kiss you for getting us out of there.
Teddy: I could too if you didn't look so much like a horse that threw me once.
Gail Armitage: Be exact. There have been so many.
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Sweet and Slow
(1935) (uncredited)
Music by Harry Warren
Played on the piano in the bar
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Bette Davis is captivating
12 April 2006 | by (Perth, WA) – See all my reviews

Bette Davis plays a former actress turned low-life drunk in this highly emotional drama. She is convinced she has a 'jinx' on her because she seems to make bad things happen. A wealthy man recognizes her drunk in a bar and takes her to his country house. Sparks fly. The problem - he's engaged.

Dangerous is a terribly beautiful bittersweet tale and Bette Davis carries it off perfectly. When she is in the scene, your eyes are always on her and nothing else. She is a captivating and riveting actress with pure talent. Her acting style is so easy to like.

The story is incredibly realistic and very thoughtful. The script is very good, every line believable.

Dangerous is a truly good movie with moving, touching and believable performances. Bette Davis shines in her role - one of her earlier dramas. I was surprised and very satisfied with the ending. Wonderful movie.

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