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Jezebel (1938)

Approved | | Drama, Romance | 26 March 1938 (USA)
In 1850s Louisiana, a free-spirited Southern belle loses her fiancé due to her stubborn vanity and pride, and vows to win him back.

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Ted Dillard
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General Theopholus Bogardus
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Mrs. Kendrick
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Jean La Cour
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Dick Allen
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Molly Allen
Theresa Harris ...
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Margaret Early ...
Stephanie Kendrick
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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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"Aren't you going to wish me happiness?" ..."What's the use-you won't get it!" 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

An early 1940's "Lux Radio Theater" adaptation of "Jezebel: starred Loretta Young, Jeffrey Lynn, and Brian Donlevy. See more »

Goofs

As Mrs. Kendrick and Stephanie go up the steps to the porch of Julie's house, we see a diagonal ray of light shine across the front door. Just before Uncle Cato opens the door, the light is gone. See more »

Quotes

Preston Dillard: [tasting Uncle Cato's mint julep] You haven't forgotten how.
Uncle Cato: Me, sir? The head might forget, but the hand remembers. Anyhow, Miss Julie, she's right in behind me all day to fix them just the way you used to like them.
Preston Dillard: Uncle Cato, how is Miss Julie?
Uncle Cato: Miss Julie? Why, she's just Miss Julie.
Preston Dillard: Just the same?
Uncle Cato: Well, I reckon princesses, they just naturally grows up to be queens, that's all.
Preston Dillard: Uncle Cato, we've known each other a long time. I'm back now. Home. It's a special occasion.
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Spoofed in Fletch Lives (1989) See more »

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Oh, Shoo My Love
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Sung by the Servants
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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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