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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
William Forrest ...
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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Nascida para o Mal  »

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(RCA Sound System)

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Trivia

Erroneous modern sources sometimes add Humphrey Bogart, Mary Astor, Peter Lorre, Sydney Greenstreet, Elisha Cook Jr., Ward Bond and Barton MacLane as extras at the cafe, because of their previous association with director John Huston in The Maltese Falcon (1941) earlier the same year. This is frivolous, unsubstantiated, undocumented information. See more »

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Roy Timberlake: Parks are for the very rich or the very poor.
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References The Maltese Falcon (1941) See more »

Soundtracks

South American Way
(1939) (uncredited)
Music by Jimmy McHugh
Played on the phonograph
Reprised on a juke box at the Southside Tavern
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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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