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Director:
Writers:
Casey Robinson (screen play)
George Emerson Brewer Jr. (from the play by) ...
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Release Date:
22 April 1939 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
"I've Crammed EVERY MINUTE SO FULL of waste. And now there's so little time. I don't know what to do. I'm afraid!"
Plot:
A young socialite is diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumour, and must decide whether she'll meet her final days with dignity. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Awards:
Nominated for 3 Oscars. Another 1 win See more »
User Reviews:
Love or hate her, this film shows why Bette was a star... See more (72 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Bette Davis ... Judith Traherne
George Brent ... Dr. Frederick Steele

Humphrey Bogart ... Michael O'Leary

Geraldine Fitzgerald ... Ann King

Ronald Reagan ... Alec

Henry Travers ... Dr. Parsons
Cora Witherspoon ... Carrie
Dorothy Peterson ... Miss Wainwright
Virginia Brissac ... Martha
Charles Richman ... Colonel Mantle
Herbert Rawlinson ... Dr. Carter
Leonard Mudie ... Dr. Driscoll
Fay Helm ... Miss Dodd
Lottie Williams ... Lucy
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Black Ace ... Judith's Horse (uncredited)
Marian Alden ... Judith's Friend (uncredited)
Wilda Bennett ... Judith's Friend (uncredited)
Diane Bernard ... Lucy - a Servant (uncredited)
Richard Bond ... Judith's Friend (uncredited)
Sidney Bracey ... Bartender (uncredited)
Nat Carr ... Doctor (uncredited)
Glen Cavender ... Headwaiter (uncredited)
Mary Currier ... Nightclub Singer (uncredited)
Frank Darien ... Anxious Little Man (uncredited)
Edgar Edwards ... Trainer (uncredited)
Paulette Evans ... Judith's Friend (uncredited)
Jack A. Goodrich ... Doctor (uncredited)
Eddie Graham ... Doctor (uncredited)
John Harron ... George - Man Taking Judith's Coat (uncredited)
Leyland Hodgson ... Judith's Friend (uncredited)
Stuart Holmes ... Doctor (uncredited)
Alexander Leftwich ... Specialist #2 (uncredited)
Frank Mayo ... Judith's Friend (uncredited)
Will Morgan ... Doctor (uncredited)
Jack Mower ... Veterinarian (uncredited)
David Newell ... Judith's Friend (uncredited)
Wedgwood Nowell ... Doctor (uncredited)
Ila Rhodes ... Secretary (uncredited)
John Ridgely ... Man Making Crack About Judith (uncredited)
Speirs Ruskell ... Henry Curtiss - Dr. Steele's Assistant (uncredited)
Cliff Saum ... Moving Man (uncredited)
Jeffrey Sayre ... Doctor (uncredited)
Amzie Strickland ... Judith's Friend (uncredited)
Rosella Towne ... Girl in Box (uncredited)
William Worthington ... Specialist #1 (uncredited)
Maris Wrixon ... Judith's Friend (uncredited)

Directed by
Edmund Goulding 
 
Writing credits
Casey Robinson (screen play)

George Emerson Brewer Jr. (from the play by) and
Bertram Bloch (from the play by)

Produced by
David Lewis .... associate producer
Hal B. Wallis .... executive producer
 
Original Music by
Max Steiner 
 
Cinematography by
Ernest Haller (photography) (as Ernie Haller)
 
Film Editing by
William Holmes (film editor)
 
Art Direction by
Robert M. Haas  (as Robert Haas)
 
Costume Design by
Orry-Kelly (gowns)
 
Production Management
Jack L. Warner .... in charge of production
Robert Ross .... unit manager (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Frank Heath .... assistant director (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Robert B. Lee .... sound
 
Stunts
Audrey Scott .... riding double: Bette Davis (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Eugene Joseff .... costume jeweller (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Leo F. Forbstein .... musical director
Hugo Friedhofer .... orchestral arrangements
Howard Jackson .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Max Steiner .... conductor (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Irving Rapper .... dialogue director (uncredited)
Leo Morton Schulman .... technical advisor (uncredited)
 
Crew verified as complete


Production Companies
  • Warner Bros. (presents) (as Warner Bros. Pictures Inc.) (A First National Picture)
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Runtime:
104 min | West Germany:96 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
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Trivia:
The scene in Dr. Steele's office where Judith can't light his cigarette, and then a few minutes later, her own, was devised by Edmund Goulding. He explained it as, "When Bette Davis can't light her own cigarette, you know something is seriously wrong with her."See more »
Goofs:
Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): Amblyopia is the medical term used when the vision in one of the eyes is reduced because the eye and the brain are not working together properly; and can be seen with a cancer. And is never called strabismus. Strabismus, more commonly known as cross-eyed or wall-eyed, is a vision condition in which a person can not align both eyes simultaneously under normal conditions. One or both of the eyes may turn in, out, up or down. And is never referred to as lazy eye by healthcare professionals.See more »
Quotes:
[first lines]
Michael O'Leary:[on the phone] Hello, there. Is this the house? I've been trying to get you.
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Movie Connections:
Featured in Stardust: The Bette Davis Story (2006) (TV)See more »
Soundtrack:
Vienna BloodSee more »

FAQ

To what does the title "Dark Victory" refer?
What was Judy's diagnosis?
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13 out of 13 people found the following review useful.
Love or hate her, this film shows why Bette was a star..., 5 November 1999
Author: djkent from Portland, Oregon

By today's standards, "Dark Victory" might seem cliched. Of course, that could be because it was so greatly copied! Here is Bette Davis, a star in the fullness of her talent and ability. Bette simply shines; she owns this film from first frame to last. Ably supported by a wonderful cast (including a somewhat mis-matched Humphrey Bogart as an Irish-brogued horse trainer), it is still difficult to watch the film and not be constantly anticipating Bette's appearance in any scene she isn't in. The ending, even in those days, might have turned out either wimpy or waspish. In Bette's hands, it is neither. It works in a way that literally drains one of emotions. I might also add that, while revealing only a bare back, Bette shows more sensuality than a dozen of today's more "open" actresses.

There is an old disparaging adage about "showing the full gamut from a to b," in this movie Bette not only shows A to Z, but some letters that haven't been invented yet.

Despite my gushing over Ms. Davis, the film is solid in all departments. If you wish to experience when melodrama is great movie-making, see this film.

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