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In This Our Life (1942)

Approved | | Drama | 16 May 1942 (USA)
The day before her wedding, a pampered young woman absconds with her sister's husband; in retaliation, her sister begins seeing the woman's former fiancé.

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A young woman, Stanley Timberlake, dumps her fiance, Craig Fleming, and runs off with her sister Roy's 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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Lee Patrick and Billie Burke both played Mrs. Cosmo Topper--Burke in the "Topper" films and Patrick in the TV series Topper (1953). See more »

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Asa Timberlake: In my day, we didn't talk much about happiness. If it came we were grateful for it. But we were brought up in the belief that there were other things more important; old-fogy fantastic notions such as duty and personal responsibility.
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Bridal Chorus (Here Comes the Bride)
(1850) (uncredited)
from "Lohengrin"
Written by Richard Wagner
In the score when Stanley and Peter leave the Justice of the Peace
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Entertaining melodrama of sociopath and dysfunctional family

Bette Davis is perfectly cast here as a model sociopath - attractive, seductive, fawning - but always focused on her own needs and desires to the ultimate detriment of the feelings of others. I won't rehash the plot here. Although Davis gives a stellar performance, I feel she is overshadowed by the strong and intelligent performance of co-star, Olivia de Havilland. The entire cast works well together and Huston's direction is solid and brisk. The obvious lecherous physical attraction between Uncle William (Charles Coburn) and Stanley (Davis) is well handled. Two of their scenes together are brilliantly acted - in the middle of the film where Davis is trying to wheedle money from her uncle to relocate and close to the end when he is dying and she cruelly rejects him for choosing not to help her. Their ease with each other and playful repartee seems almost improvisational.

I was most impressed with the assured performance of the young African American actor, Ernest Anderson, who plays Parry - and does a beautiful job. This fine young actor made only 19 films, which stretched between 1942 (this was his first) and 1970, most of them "uncredited." Note he appeared again with Davis in WHATEVER HAPPENED TO BABY JANE? He lived to be 74 so must have either done little acting or primarily appeared on stage or television. It is sad that the racial prejudice rampant in the film seemed to have affected his own acting career- a poignant irony.

This is a grand melodrama and both fun and entertaining to watch. The script is pure Tennessee Williams plotting - without the poetry. A must for fans of either Davis or deHavilland.


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