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That Certain Woman (1937)

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Mary Donnell, a young legal secretary with a past, elopes with a client's son, but his father has the marriage annulled without knowing she's pregnant.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Mary Donnell
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Jack Merrick
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Flip
Ian Hunter ...
Lloyd Rogers
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Merrick Sr.
Hugh O'Connell ...
Virgil Whitaker
Katharine Alexander ...
Mrs. Rogers (as Katherine Alexander)
Mary Philips ...
Amy (as Mary Phillips)
Minor Watson ...
Tilden
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Detective Neely
Charles Trowbridge ...
Dr. James
Norman Willis ...
Fred
Herbert Rawlinson ...
Dr. Hartman
Tim Henning ...
Kenyon
Dwane Day ...
Jackie
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Mary Donnell was married at sixteen to a gangster and soon widowed. She works for unhappily married lawyer Lloyd Rogers. A client's son Jack elopes with her, but his father tracks them down and has the marriage annulled. Mary has a son. Unaware of this, the father remarries; his new wife is crippled in an auto accident. The lawyer, now dying, tells Mary he has left her money for her and her son, Roger's widow suspects her husband may have been the father, while Mary is convinced instead that it was her annulled ex-husband, Jack. Jack's ruthless father , upon learning he may be grandparent of the child, threatens legal action to gain custody, but his son wants no part in separating little Jackie from his mother. Further, he reasserts his love for Mary and promises he will ask his now handicapped wife, Flip, for a divorce so that Jackie will have a real family. He instructs Mary to pack her belongings and get Jackie ready to leave so that the three can start a new life ... Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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Love Broke Her Heart !

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18 September 1937 (USA)  »

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Cinzas do Passado  »

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Amy: [Referring to little Jackie] What about when nighttime comes, and he starts wanting you? He always does.
Mary Donnell: That's your job, Amy. You'll do it for me. Just make him believe that I... well, I... I never was. I've always been very bad luck to men.
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'Cause My Baby Says It's So
(1937) (uncredited)
Music by Harry Warren
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Despite hectic plotting, excellent Davis-Fonda performances...
11 May 2006 | by (las vegas, nv) – See all my reviews

Secretary Bette Davis has her dishonorable past unearthed after a reporter breaks the story that she's the widow of a notorious gangster once involved in the St. Valentine's Day Massacre; this leads to the quick dissolution of Davis' even quicker marriage to Henry Fonda, but not before Bette can conceive a child! Some dry, amusing wisecracks in this remake of the silent film "The Trespasser", and also some unintended laughs and head-scratching details as well. Davis keeps refusing offers of cigarettes (!), she types a letter to Fonda we never get to read, she packs her kid off without his toys and then blows forlornly on his whistle. The kid is a solemn tyke who seems to have a fixation on being a sailor, even while Fonda's new wife pays Davis a visit (in a wheelchair!) and trades confessions with her in front of a roaring fire which never seems to die down. Busy programmer would not be worth much interest were it not for Bette's rather superb performance; she's serious and focused--and sensitive when she should be--and she grounds this story in a bit of reality. Henry Fonda and the supporting players are also very good, especially Mary Phillips as Amy. The film opens confusingly and takes a while to get its bearings, yet the sequence where Bette meets her father-in-law for the first time is a superbly controlled dramatic moment in which everyone excels. Not a particularly witty or gripping picture, but certainly not bad either. ** from ****


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