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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 tumor, and must decide whether or not 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 »
NewsDesk:
(88 articles)
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User Reviews:
Davis' portrayal of the lead character, Judith Traherne, was one of the most memorable in her screen history… See more (80 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 ... Col. 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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Certification:
Argentina:Atp | Australia:PG | Finland:K-16 | Germany:6 (re-rating) (uncut) | Netherlands:18 (original rating) (1939) | Netherlands:18 (re-rating) (1939) | Sweden:15 | UK:PG (2008) (re-rating) (uncut) | UK:PG (1986) (re-rating) (cut) | UK:A (1939) (original rating) | USA:Approved (PCA #4835) | USA:TV-PG (TV rating) | West Germany:12 (f)

Did You Know?

Trivia:
Bette Davis pestered Warner Brothers to buy the rights to the story, thinking it a great vehicle for her. WB studio chief Jack L. Warner fought against it, arguing that no one wanted to see someone go blind. Of course, the film went on to become one of the studio's biggest successes of that year.See more »
Goofs:
Factual errors: Lottie Williams is credited onscreen as playing "Lucy", but she plays Agatha. Lucy is played by Diane Bernard.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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Soundtrack:
OH, GIVE ME TIME FOR TENDERNESSSee more »

FAQ

To what does the title "Dark Victory" refer?
What was Judy's diagnosis?
Whatever became of Judy's horse?
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23 out of 23 people found the following review useful.
Davis' portrayal of the lead character, Judith Traherne, was one of the most memorable in her screen history…, 16 January 2009

Judith is a wealthy Long Island society girl given to a dizzy lifestyle… Self-assured of her affluence and her faculty over men, she is unprepared for tragedy, which strikes in the form of a brain tumor… The underlying bravery and courage with which she faces this physical suffering eventually demonstrates the woman of substance that she is…

Among her friends is Ann King (Fitzgerald), her secretary, and handsome young Alex Hamm (Reagan), who directs her toward brain specialist Dr. Frederick Steele (Brent). The doctor diagnoses her illness as one which will end her life within a year… Judith falls in love with him and accepts his proposal of marriage… When she discovers that her tumor is calamitous, she rejects the doctor's proposal considering it an act with compassion…

Davis provides scene after scene with the special magic only she was able of bringing vividly…

Swept into the current of events was Bogart playing an Irish horse trainer, who fails in an attempt to make love to her, yet encourages her to enjoy her time with her true love, George Brent…

The film was remade in 1963 as "Stolen Hours" with Susan Hayward, and as a 1976 TV movie under its original title with Elizabeth Montgomery…

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