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Director:
Writers:
Casey Robinson (screen play)
Zoe Akins (based on the play by: Pulitzer Prize)
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Release Date:
2 September 1939 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
Vividly, unforgettably, a woman's love starved soul is revealed. All those strange secrets she locks in her heart ... moments of rapture and of heartbreak ... longings that no man can fathom. Of these has the year's finest picture been woven!
Plot:
The arrival of an ex-lover on a young woman's wedding day sets in motion a chain of events which will alter her and her cousin's lives forever. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Cast

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Bette Davis ... Charlotte Lovell

Miriam Hopkins ... Delia Lovell
George Brent ... Clem Spender

Donald Crisp ... Dr. Lanskell

Jane Bryan ... Tina

Louise Fazenda ... Dora
James Stephenson ... Jim Ralston
Jerome Cowan ... Joe Ralston
William Lundigan ... Lanning Halsey
Cecilia Loftus ... Grandmother Lovell

Rand Brooks ... Jim
Janet Shaw ... Dee

William Hopper ... John (as DeWolf Hopper)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Rod Cameron ... (scenes deleted)
Raymond Rayhill Powell
Sidney Bracey ... Charles - the Butler (uncredited)
Marlene Burnett ... Tina as a Child (uncredited)
Frederick Burton ... Mr. Halsey (uncredited)
Ricardo Lord Cezon ... Little Boy (uncredited)
Jack George ... First Orchestra Leader / Violinist (uncredited)
Winifred Harris ... Mrs. Halsey (uncredited)
Lois James ... Girl (uncredited)
Doris Lloyd ... Miss Ford (uncredited)
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Directed by
Edmund Goulding 
 
Writing credits
Casey Robinson (screen play)

Zoe Akins (based on the play by: Pulitzer Prize)

Edith Wharton (and the novel by)

Produced by
Henry Blanke .... associate producer
Hal B. Wallis .... executive producer
 
Original Music by
Max Steiner 
 
Cinematography by
Tony Gaudio (photography)
 
Film Editing by
George Amy (film editor)
 
Art Direction by
Robert M. Haas  (as Robert Haas)
 
Costume Design by
Orry-Kelly (costumes by)
 
Makeup Department
Perc Westmore .... makeup artist
Helen Carpenter .... wig designer (uncredited)
 
Production Management
Jack L. Warner .... in charge of production
Al Alleborn .... unit manager (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Jack Sullivan .... assistant director (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
C.A. Riggs .... sound
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Eugene Joseff .... costume jeweller (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Leo F. Forbstein .... musical director
Hugo Friedhofer .... orchestral arrangements
 
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  • Warner Bros. (presents) (as Warner Bros. Pictures, Inc.) (A First National Picture)
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Runtime:
95 min
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Aspect Ratio:
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Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Victor System)
Certification:
Australia:PG | Finland:S | USA:Approved (PCA #5227) | USA:TV-PG (TV rating)

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Trivia:
The 1935 Pulitzer Prize-winning play opened at the Empire Theatre in New York on Jan. 7, 1935 and ran for 305 performances. The leads were played by Judith Anderson and Helen Menken. Marjorie Lord, who later gained fame as the wife of Danny Thomas on TV's "Make Room for Daddy" (1953), was a replacement cast member in a supporting role. Producer-Director Ernst Lubitsch bought the rights to the play, intending to star both Judith Anderson and Helen Menken in a Paramount production, but he sold the rights to Warner Bros. in Jan. 1939.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: The scene where Delia has come to the orphanage to speak with Charlotte, we can see Charlotte's sleeves change from rolled up to down several times within the shot.See more »
Quotes:
Charlotte Lovell:She thinks I can't understand her. She considers me an old maid.
Delia Lovell Ralston:My dear.
Charlotte Lovell:A ridiculous, narrow-minded old maid. What else can she ever think of me?
Delia Lovell Ralston:Poor Charlotte.
Charlotte Lovell:Oh, but you needn't pity me. Because she's really mine. If she considers me an old maid, it's because I've deliberately made myself one in her eyes. I've done it from the beginning so she wouldn't have the least suspicion. I've practised everything I've ever had to say to her, if it was important, so that I'd sound like an old maid aunt talking. Not her mother.
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Movie Connections:
Featured in Stardust: The Bette Davis Story (2006) (TV)See more »
Soundtrack:
When Johnny Comes Marching HomeSee more »

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13 out of 23 people found the following review useful.
Irresistible Tosh, 11 December 2005
Author: Martin Bradley (MOscarbradley@aol.com) from Derry, Ireland

One of Bette Davis' best films and a great weepie; an unashamed Victorian melodrama but made with great panache and played with all the stops out. When Miriam Hopkins jilts her financee George Brent, cousin Bette gives herself to him and gets pregnant. When Brent goes off and gets himself killed Davis disappears out West so she can have the baby, raise her as an orphan and save what vestige of honour she has left. Years later, when Hopkins discovers the truth, she takes the child to be raised as her own while Davis lurks on the sidelines as old maid Aunt Charlotte. (This is the movie in which Davis gets to utter the immortal lines on her daughter's wedding night, 'Tonight she belongs to me. Tonight I want her to call ME mother!'). The film has a good pedigree. The original play won the Pulitzer Prize and was based in turn on an Edith Wharton novel. Tosh it may well be, but it is irresistible.

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