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Jezebel -- 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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Clements Ripley (screen play) &
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Release Date:
26 March 1938 (USA) See more »
A Fearless Feminine Creature with a heart full of love ! See more »
A haughty headstrong Southern Belle in Antebellum Louisiana loses her fiance due to her stubborn vanity and pride and vows to get him back. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
Won 2 Oscars. Another 3 wins & 4 nominations See more »
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Southern Discomfort See more (81 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Bette Davis ... Julie

Henry Fonda ... Preston Dillard
George Brent ... Buck Cantrell

Margaret Lindsay ... Amy

Donald Crisp ... Dr. Livingstone
Fay Bainter ... Aunt Belle
Richard Cromwell ... Ted
Henry O'Neill ... General Bogardus

Spring Byington ... Mrs. Kendrick

John Litel ... Jean La Cour
Gordon Oliver ... Dick Allen
Janet Shaw ... Molly Allen
Theresa Harris ... Zette
Margaret Early ... Stephanie Kendrick

Irving Pichel ... Huger

Eddie 'Rochester' Anderson ... Gros Bat (as Eddie Anderson)
Matthew 'Stymie' Beard ... Ti Bat (as Stymie Beard)
Lew Payton ... Uncle Cato (as Lou Payton)
Georges Renavent ... De Lautruc (as George Renevant)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Trevor Bardette ... Sheriff at Plantation (uncredited)
Al Bridge ... New Orleans Sheriff (uncredited)
Maurice Brierre ... Drunk (uncredited)
Daisy Bufford ... Flower Girl (uncredited)
Frederick Burton ... First Director (uncredited)
Georgia Caine ... Mrs. Petion (uncredited)
Davison Clark ... Deputy Sheriff (uncredited)
Ann Codee ... Madame Poulard (uncredited)
Frank Darien ... Bookkeeper (uncredited)
Suzanne Dulier ... Midinette (uncredited)
Mary Field ... Woman at the Olympus Ball (uncredited)
Jack George ... Orchestra Leader (uncredited)
Jesse Graves ... Servant (uncredited)
George Guhl ... Fugitive Planter (uncredited)
John Harron ... Jenkins (uncredited)
Stuart Holmes ... Doctor at Duel (uncredited)
Dolores Hurlic ... Errata (uncredited)
Philip Hurlic ... Erronens (uncredited)
Fred Lawrence ... Bob (uncredited)
Sam McDaniel ... Driver (uncredited)
Edward McWade ... Second Director (uncredited)
Louis Mercier ... Bar Companion (uncredited)

Charles Middleton ... Officer (uncredited)
Jack Norton ... Drunk (uncredited)
Tony Paton ... Drunk (uncredited)
Cliff Saum ... Ball Assistant Director (uncredited)
George Sorel ... Bar Companion (uncredited)
Amzie Strickland ... Woman at the Olympus Ball (uncredited)
Jacques Vanaire ... Durette (uncredited)
Charles Wagenheim ... Customer (uncredited)

Directed by
William Wyler 
Writing credits
Clements Ripley (screen play) &
Abem Finkel (screen play) and
John Huston (screen play)

Owen Davis (from the play by) (as Owen Davis Sr.)

Robert Buckner  contributor to screenplay construction (uncredited)
Louis F. Edelman  contributor to treatment (uncredited)

Produced by
Henry Blanke .... associate producer (uncredited)
Hal B. Wallis .... executive producer (uncredited)
William Wyler .... producer (uncredited)
Original Music by
Max Steiner (music by)
Cinematography by
Ernest Haller (photography)
Film Editing by
Warren Low (film editor)
Art Direction by
Robert M. Haas  (as Robert Haas)
Costume Design by
Orry-Kelly (costumes by)
Makeup Department
Carl Axzelle .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Margaret Donovan .... hair stylist (uncredited)
Karl Herlinger .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Hal Lierley .... hair stylist (uncredited)
Bert Sutch .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Production Management
Robert Fellows .... unit manager (uncredited)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
John Huston .... second unit director (uncredited)
Arthur Lueker .... second assistant director (uncredited)
Bob Ross .... assistant director (uncredited)
Art Department
Fred M. MacLean .... set dresser (uncredited)
Pat Patterson .... props (uncredited)
George Sweeney .... assistant props (uncredited)
Sound Department
Robert B. Lee .... sound
B. Berry .... sound recordist (uncredited)
J. Jensen .... boom operator (uncredited)
Frank Weixel .... sound recordist (uncredited)
Audrey Scott .... stunt double: Bette Davis (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Cecil Craig .... gaffer (uncredited)
Mack Elliott .... still photographer (uncredited)
Bob Galbraith .... best boy (uncredited)
Al Roberts .... second camera operator (uncredited)
B. Weiler .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Stanley Young .... grip (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Ida Greenfield .... wardrobe (uncredited)
Eugene Joseff .... costume jeweller (uncredited)
Bert Soter .... wardrobe: men (uncredited)
Music Department
Leo F. Forbstein .... musical director
Hugo Friedhofer .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Other crew
Dalton S. Reymond .... technical advisor
Freda Rosenblatt .... script clerk (uncredited)
Sally Sage .... stand-in: Bette Davis (uncredited)
Robert S. Taplinger .... publicity director (uncredited)
Crew verified as complete

Production Companies
  • Warner Bros. (presents) (as Warner Bros. Pictures Inc.) (A Warner Bros. Picture) (A William Wyler Production)
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Additional Details

Also Known As:
104 min (TCM print)
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Argentina:Atp | Australia:PG | Australia:G (TV rating) | Chile:18 | Finland:K-11 (2006) | Finland:K-16 (1938) | Germany:6 | Sweden:15 | USA:Approved (PCA #3915) | USA:TV-PG (TV rating)

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In order to minimize the impact of potentially going over budget (as this film did), director William Wyler shot all of the most expensive scenes first.See more »
Errors in geography: Preston Dillard is seen entering a street level door, then going downstairs to the gentlemen's bar. New Orleans has a notoriously high water table, so buildings would not have had basements or lower levels.See more »
Preston:[stands at the door] Goodbye Julie.
Julie:[looks at Preston slightly shocked] Is that all you've got to say to me?
Preston:There's nothing more to say.
Julie:Evidently you've made up your mind
Preston:No Julie, you've made up my mind.
Julie:[looks at Preston and smiles slightly] Goodbye Pres.
[shakes his hand eyes him carefully, frowns and then slaps him]
Preston:Goodbye Julie.
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32 out of 46 people found the following review useful.
Southern Discomfort, 19 November 2005
Author: Lechuguilla from Dallas, Texas

The American South has always had an aura of sadness around it. I don't know why exactly. This film tends to reinforce that perception. Characters start off with high hopes for the future, only to succumb to some unfortunate fate, as a direct result of their Southern roots.

In pre-Civil War New Orleans, Julie Marsden (Bette Davis) is a wealthy young woman, engaged to respected banker Preston Dillard (Henry Fonda). But Julie is strong-willed, independent, and impetuous, traits considered unwomanly by that era's Southern aristocracy. Against Preston's wishes, Julie wears a red dress, instead of the customary white, to a gala ball. This event sets up the rest of the story.

While the support cast in "Jezebel" is fine, especially Fay Bainter, the film would not be the same without Bette Davis. I just can't see anyone else in the role of Julie. Davis' performance and the film's setting are what make this film so memorable. The costumes, the production design, the cinematography, and the music combine to convey a genuine sense of the antebellum South, with its stately manners that conceal narrow-mindedness and barbaric "chivalry".

Normally, I don't care for films whose subject matter is long ago history. But "Jezebel" is an exception, because it is so well made. I guess it is the tone of the film that really got my attention. The stately beauty of that time and place masks an underlying sadness, as a prelude to tragedy. Some might call it melodrama. But to me, that's just good drama.

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