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In This Our Life (1942)

Approved  |   |  Drama  |  16 May 1942 (USA)
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A young woman (Stanley Timberlake) dumps her fiancée (Craig Fleming) and runs off with her sister's (Roy Timberlake) husband (Peter Kingsmill). They marry, settle in Baltimore, and Stanley ... See full summary »

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Roy Timberlake
George Brent ...
Craig Fleming
Dennis Morgan ...
Peter Kingsmill
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William Fitzroy
Frank Craven ...
Asa Timberlake
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Lavinia Timberlake
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Minerva Clay
Lee Patrick ...
Betty Wilmoth
Mary Servoss ...
Charlotte Fitzroy
Ernest Anderson ...
Parry Clay
William B. Davidson ...
Jim Purdy
Edward Fielding ...
Dr. Buchanan
John Hamilton ...
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William Forrest ...
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A young woman (Stanley Timberlake) dumps her fiancée (Craig Fleming) and runs off with her sister's (Roy Timberlake) husband (Peter Kingsmill). They marry, settle in Baltimore, and Stanley ultimately drives Peter to drink and suicide. Stanley returns home to Richmond only to learn that her sister Roy and old flame Craig have fallen in love and plan to marry. The jealous and selfish Stanley attempts to win back Craig's affections, but her true character is revealed when, rather than take the rap herself, she attempts to pin a hit and run accident on the young black clerk (Parry Clay) who works in Craig's law office. Written by Bonnie Barber <bonbar@mit.edu>

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A sensational novel throbs to life! The cast is one of Warner Bros. best - the picture is one of Warner Bros. biggest! See more »

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Trivia

In David Maraniss's 2012 biography of President Barack Obama, titled Barack Obama: The Story, Maraniss reports that Obama's mother, Stanley Ann Dunham Obama Soetoro, was named "Stanley" not after her own father, Stanley Dunham, but after the Bette Davis character in the movie In This Our Life. Maraniss says that President Obama's maternal grandmother, Madelyn Dunham, saw the movie while pregnant with Obama's mother, and she thought the name sounded sophisticated for a girl. See more »

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Roy Timberlake: Parks are for the very rich or the very poor.
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Referenced in This Is Your Life: Bette Davis (1971) See more »

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Blues in the Night
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Music by Harold Arlen
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Even John Huston Couldn't Tame Bette Davis...
31 March 2001 | by (U.S.A.) – See all my reviews

When John Huston was assigned to 'In This Our Life' he met his match in Bette Davis. "I let the Demon go," he is quoted as saying--but alas, most reviewers agreed that he let it go too far. Davis overacts her wildly overwritten role--her most "over the top" performance during the early '40s on the same level with 'Beyond the Forest' ('49). Fortunately, the others in the cast play with restraint and dignity--Olivia de Havilland gives a warm, womanly and easy performance as the good sister; George Brent is sincere as the lawyer Davis throws herself at; Dennis Morgan is earnest in a brief role as de Havilland's husband; Frank Craven and Billie Burke are fine in supporting roles and Earnest Anderson plays the intelligent black youth with dignity and respect. But against Davis, who uses no subtlety in approaching her role, they might just as well be part of the scenery. Still, the film is enjoyable as "camp melodrama" not to be taken seriously--although it has a few interesting points that are somewhat blurred by the script's unwillingness to delve deeply enough into the characters. Author Ellen Glasgow, who won a Pulitzer Prize for the novel, was aghast at what the filmmakers did to her novel and distressed at Bette Davis' overwrought performance. She exchanged a few sharp words with Davis on the matter of "overacting" -- no wonder!! You have to see this one to believe it.


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