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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:
Bette's victory See more (71 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 by
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:
Bette Davis said that this was her favorite role to play.See more »
Goofs:
Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): When Judith is riding the horse and the horse refuses the jump and falls down, Judith (or the stunt-rider) falls on her left side. But in the next scene, when Ann asks, 'How's the shoulder?' Judith wiggles her right shoulder and says it's 'all right.'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

Whatever became of Judy's horse?
Is "Dark Victory" based on a novel?
What was Judy's diagnosis?
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29 out of 44 people found the following review useful.
Bette's victory, 3 November 2004
Author: jotix100 from New York

"Dark Victory" is a classic film of the 30s. In some movies, like this one, all the elements came together to create a satisfying entertainment that has delighted audiences since its release in 1939. Edmund Golding was instrumental in getting one of the best performances out of Bette Davis. The movie is helped by the fine score of Max Steiner.

As Judith Treherne, Bette Davis shows us why she was a great actress. She does some of her best work in this picture. Her interpretation of the socialite is right on target. Ms. Davis goes from a happy go lucky rich girl into the woman who has to face an imminent death. This film is so enjoyable because of the nuances Ms. Davis brought to the role. Bette Davis' range was enormous.

George Brent, as the medical specialist who tries to help Judith, and falls in love with her in the process, is also quite good as Dr. Steele. Geraldine Fitzgerald is wonderful as Ann, Judith's loyal friend. Humphrey Bogart appears briefly as the horse trainer. Henry Travers put in a small appearance as the doctor who brought Judith into the world, and sadly, is not able to help her much. Also in the cast, Ronald Reagan, who doesn't have much to do.

This is the perfect film to watch the wonderful Bette Davis at her best.

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