Jezebel (1938)

Approved  |   |  Drama, Romance  |  26 March 1938 (USA)
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A haughty headstrong Southern Belle in Antebellum Louisiana loses her fiance due to her stubborn vanity and pride and vows to get him back.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
George Brent ...
Dr. Livingstone
Fay Bainter ...
Aunt Belle
Richard Cromwell ...
Henry O'Neill ...
General Bogardus
Mrs. Kendrick
Jean La Cour
Gordon Oliver ...
Dick Allen
Janet Shaw ...
Molly Allen
Theresa Harris ...
Margaret Early ...
Stephanie Kendrick


Set in antebellum New Orleans during the early 1850's, this film follows Julie Marsden through her quest for social redemption on her own terms. Julie is a beautiful and free spirited, rapacious Southern belle who is sure of herself and controlling of her fiancé Preston Dillard, a successful young banker. Julie's sensitive but domineering personality--she does not want so much to hurt as to assert her independence--forces a wedge between Preston and herself. To win him back, she plays North against South amid a deadly epidemic of yellow fever which claims a surprising victim. Written by Adam Brodsky <>

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Release Date:

26 March 1938 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Jezabel  »

Box Office


$1,250,000 (estimated)

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1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


A song, "Jezebel" with music by Harry Warren and lyrics by Johnny Mercer was published to promote the movie but not used on the soundtrack. See more »


When Zette admires Julie's dress, the apron on her uniform is pinned to the uniform in some shots and unpinned in other shots. See more »


Preston Dillard: You haven't a partner you have to meet, Cantrell?
Buck Cantrell: Why, no. Came alone.
Preston Dillard: [they glare at each other] Pleasant evening, isn't it?
Buck Cantrell: Mighty pleasant. Nice and cool...
Preston Dillard: [pointedly] Do you find it cool in here? I don't find it particularly cool. Do you, Julie?
Julie Marsden: [looks up at Pres] Why... Why, no.
Preston Dillard: [steps towards Buck] I don't find it particularly cool. Miss Julie doesn't find it so.
Buck Cantrell: [stares at Pres] Why, no. Now you speak of it, it's just about right.
Preston Dillard: Seems so to me.
Buck Cantrell: [glares at Pres as a waltz begins] Your ...
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An der schönen, blauen Donau (On the Beautiful Blue Danube), Op. 314
(1867) (uncredited)
Music by Johann Strauss
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One Of Bette Davis's Most Memorable Performances - & Fonda Is Pretty Good Too
3 March 2005 | by (Ohio) – See all my reviews

Bette Davis gives one of her most memorable performances in this atmospheric melodrama, and Henry Fonda, her co-star, is pretty good as well. They and the rest of the cast make good use of the opportunities in the story, which centers around Davis's turbulent character. William Wyler pieces it all together effectively with good story-telling.

The character of the headstrong Julie (Davis) could easily become a cliché, but Davis gives her depth and presence, while also effectively portraying her spirited nature. She's unpredictable, yet her nature remains consistent. She leaves you guessing as to exactly what she is up to and what her motivations are, especially towards the climactic scenes.

Henry Fonda should not be overlooked. He does not get as many chances for dramatics, but his role is important in providing a complement for Davis. The supporting cast, which includes George Brent, Spring Byington, and Donald Crisp, also helps out.

The atmosphere in the Deep South also works well, and it used effectively in the story. The climactic sequence ties the setting and characters together well, and it leaves a memorable impression when it is over.

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