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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 »
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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 »
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User Reviews:
The ultimate tear-jerker! 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)
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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)
 
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  • 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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Trivia:
Bette Davis claims that Edmund Goulding worked on the script and added the character of Judith's best friend Ann so that Judith would never have to complain about her tragedy.See more »
Goofs:
Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): When George Brent and Henry Travers are discussing Judith's prognosis based on her "pathological reports"; Henry Travers describes the blindness she will suffer just before death as amblyopia. Amblyopia is the loss or lack of development of central vision in one eye that is unrelated to any eye health problem and is not correctable with glasses. It usually develops before the age of six and is not related to cancer. It is sometimes thought to be "lazy eye" but that is actually more correctly called strabismus.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:
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FAQ

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To what does the title "Dark Victory" refer?
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27 out of 41 people found the following review useful.
The ultimate tear-jerker!, 3 May 2001
Author: David Atfield (bits@alphalink.com.au) from Canberra, Australia

Not only is this sublime classic the greatest tear-jerker of all time (well, let's call it a tie with "Lassie Come Home"), it also contains one of the greatest performances ever given by Bette Davis. In the hands of a lesser actress this movie could have been a soppy pot-boiler. In the hands of Ms Davis it is close to being a masterpiece. If most of the supporting players can't match her it's no wonder - Bette is truly inspired here! The normally fine Geraldine Fitzgerald seems rather self-conscious in a difficult role (and an early one for her), and George Brent can't handle the really emotional stuff. But Bogart is stunning in that sexually charged scene with Bette in the stables. Ronnie doesn't have much to do, but Virginia Brissac is memorable as Martha and Henry Travers terrific as the old doctor.

Above all this is the excellent direction of Edmund Goulding, the fine cinematography of Ernest Haller and the great music of Max Steiner. Sure, dying in real life is never this beautiful, but don't we all wish we could go out with the style that Bette Davis does? Be warned: the last 15 minutes of this film are almost torturously moving - but then ALL of "Lassie Come Home" is. And don't we just love a good cry!

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