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In This Our Life (1942)

Approved | | Drama | 16 May 1942 (USA)
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
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Craig Fleming
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Peter Kingsmill
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William Fitzroy
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Asa Timberlake
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Lavinia Timberlake
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Minerva Clay
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Betty Wilmoth
Mary Servoss ...
Charlotte Fitzroy
Ernest Anderson ...
Parry Clay
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Jim Purdy
Edward Fielding ...
Dr. Buchanan
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Police Inspector Millett
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Forest Ranger
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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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Bette says: "What I want I go after - and get it!" Olivia says: "I'm going to be hard - just as hard as she is!" See more »

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16 May 1942 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Nascida para o Mal  »

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(RCA Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Stanley (Bette Davis) drives a 1941 Buick Roadmaster convertible; Police Inspector Millett (John Hamilton) drives a 1941 Buick four-door sedan; Policeman Fallon (Eddy Chandler), drives the police pursuit car, a 1939 Buick. See more »

Quotes

Stanley Timberlake: Craig, have dinner we me somewhere tonight. Please. I've got a reason.
Craig Fleming: I don't think we better Stanley.
Stanley Timberlake: Why not? You're afraid aren't you? Afraid of yourself. Afraid of what you might feel if you let yourself go. Why don't you admit the truth Craig? You've never gotten over me and you never will. You'd like to put your arms around me right now, wouldn't you? You'd like to kiss me, wouldn't you?
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You're a Lucky Guy
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Music by Saul Chaplin
Played on the phonograph when Roy walks in on Stanley
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Selfish and Evil Woman
4 December 2016 | by (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) – See all my reviews

In Richmond, after the Great Depression, the industrialist Asa Timberlake (Frank Craven) is cheated by his brother-in-law and partner William Fitzroy (Charles Coburn) and loses his business to him. His spoiled daughter Stanley Timberlake (Bette Davis), who is the pride and joy of William, is going to marry the idealist lawyer Craig Fleming (George Brent). However, she flees to Baltimore with the surgeon Peter Kingsmill (Dennis Morgan), who is the husband of her sister Roy Timberlake (Olivia de Havilland). After a short period of happiness, Peter cannot afford to support the shopping of Stanley and commits suicide. Meanwhile Roy divorces from Peter and gets close to Craig that proposes to marry her. The black teenager Parry Clay (Ernest Anderson) that worked to Timberlake, dreams in becoming a lawyer, and Craig hires him to work in his office. Stanley returns home and unsuccessfully tries to seduce Craig, inviting him to have dinner with her in a tavern. However Craig does not show up and the upset Stanley drives back home at high speed. She hits and run a mother and her daughter and kills the girl. When the police comes to Asa's house, Stanly accuses Parry of driving her car and the youth is arrested and put in jail. What will happen to the innocent Parry?

"In This Our Life" is a film directed by John Huston about a selfish and evil woman. His tight direction saves the dramatic and tense story from becoming a melodramatic soap opera. Bette Davis steals the show with a fantastic performance. The rest of the cast is also magnificent. My vote is eight.

Title (Brazil): "Nascida para o Mal" ("Born to the Evil")


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