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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

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George Brent ...
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Amy
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Dr. Livingstone
Fay Bainter ...
Aunt Belle
Richard Cromwell ...
Ted
Henry O'Neill ...
General Bogardus
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Mrs. Kendrick
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Jean La Cour
Gordon Oliver ...
Dick Allen
Janet Shaw ...
Molly Allen
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Zette
Margaret Early ...
Stephanie Kendrick
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Huger
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Storyline

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 <adam_brodsky@hotmail.com>

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The South's Greatest Romance See more »

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Drama | Romance

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26 March 1938 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Jezabel  »

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$1,250,000 (estimated)
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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

After an advanced screening of the film, David O. Selznick wrote to Warner complaining about the film's similarities to Gone with the Wind (1939), particularly citing Julie's pinching her cheeks to give them colour, which Scarlett O'Hara does in the book, and a dining room scene in which the male characters discuss the differences between the North and the South and the possibility of war. Warner countered that the dining room scene was faithful to the scene in the original play, which had appeared a few years before Margaret Mitchell's novel. See more »

Goofs

Early in the film, Preston storms up to Julie's bedroom and knocks hard on her door several times with his cane. The head of the cane seemingly leaves numerous dents in the wood. When Julie finally opens the door (inward into the bedroom), the dents have disappeared. See more »

Quotes

Aunt Belle: And expecting a man to go to a dressmaker's with you! I declare, I hope Pres doesn't come!
Julie: He will.
Aunt Belle: But, Julie!
Julie: Now, dumpling, don't you fret about Pres. I've been training him for years!
Aunt Belle: Like with that man-killing horse you bought!
Julie: Pres was outrageous! He had no right to tell me what I could ride and what I couldn't!
Aunt Belle: The horse showed you what you couldn't! You broke your collar bone and your engagement!
Julie: And they both mended, so I was right after all.
[smiles at Aunt Belle triumphantly]
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Oh, Shoo My Love
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Composer unknown
Sung by the Servants
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Wonderfully directed, superbly acted by Davis and Bainter
19 July 2001 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Bette Davis is at her best in this 1800s Southern melodrama in which her attempts to snag a married ex-love (Henry Fonda) end in tragedy. Storywise this is nothing new, and there are way too many scenes were people talk endlessly about Southern manners. Also seeing all the black slaves so happy and singing is a bit hard to take. But the direction by William Wyler is excellent. He directs in a way that makes you part of the action (especially in the ball sequence and a duel at the end). Best of all is Davis. Her performance is superb--when she's on screen you can't take your eyes off her. She won a well-deserved Best Actress Oscar for this. Also Fay Bainter is excellent as her long-suffering aunt--she won Best Supporting Actress. All the acting is good except for Henry Fonda--he's so stiff and dull--what does Davis want with him? One last complaint--it's not in color. I know there are two reasons for this: 1) the expense and 2) they did tests and Davis looked horrible in color (think about it--how many color movies did she make?). Still, the non-stop compliments about the red dress at the beginning are annoying--the dress looks black! Still, this is worth seeing for Davis, Bainter and the direction.


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