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Howard Koch (screenplay)
Ellen Glasgow (novel)
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Release Date:
16 May 1942 (USA) See more »
"Go ahead! KISS ME!.. Forget you're married to my sister!" See more »
A young woman (Stanley Timberlake) dumps her fiancée (Craig Fleming) and runs off with her sister's (Roy Timberlake) husband (Peter Kingsmill)... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Daring melodrama from the 1940's See more (56 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Bette Davis ... Stanley Timberlake

Olivia de Havilland ... Roy Timberlake
George Brent ... Craig Fleming

Dennis Morgan ... Peter Kingsmill

Charles Coburn ... William Fitzroy
Frank Craven ... Asa Timberlake

Billie Burke ... Lavinia Timberlake

Hattie McDaniel ... 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 ... Inspector
William Forrest ... Forest Ranger
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Eddie Acuff ... Worker (uncredited)

Mary Astor ... Extra at a Roadhouse Table (uncredited)
Walter Baldwin ... Worker (uncredited)

Humphrey Bogart ... Extra at a Roadhouse Table (uncredited)

Ward Bond ... Extra at a Roadhouse Table (uncredited)
Al Bridge ... Worker (uncredited)
Walter Brooke ... Cab Driver (uncredited)
Eddy Chandler ... Policeman Fallon (uncredited)

Elisha Cook Jr. ... Extra at a Roadhouse Table (uncredited)
Dudley Dickerson ... Waiter (uncredited)
Frank Fanning ... Detective with Millett (uncredited)
Ruth Ford ... Young Mother (uncredited)
Eddie Graham ... Police Telephone Operator #2 (uncredited)

Sydney Greenstreet ... Extra at a Roadhouse Table (uncredited)
Jester Hairston ... Black Man in Jail (uncredited)
Herbert Heywood ... Worker (uncredited)

Walter Huston ... Bartender (uncredited)
Freddie Jackson ... Black Man in Jail (uncredited)
Fred Kelsey ... Jailer (uncredited)
Reid Kilpatrick ... Announcer (voice) (uncredited)

Peter Lorre ... Extra at a Roadhouse Table (uncredited)

Barton MacLane ... Extra at a Roadhouse Table (uncredited)

Frank Mayo ... Policeman in Car (uncredited)
Sam McDaniel ... Black Man in Jail (uncredited)
Patrick McVey ... Man (uncredited)
Billy Mitchell ... Black Man in Jail (uncredited)
Ernest Morrison ... Black Man in Jail (uncredited)
Lee Phelps ... Police Telephone Operator (uncredited)
George Reed ... Fitzroy's Butler (uncredited)
Napoleon Simpson ... Black Man in Jail (uncredited)
Elliott Sullivan ... Worker (uncredited)
Billy Wayne ... Customer (uncredited)
Buck Woods ... Black Man in Jail (uncredited)

Directed by
John Huston 
Writing credits
Howard Koch (screenplay)

Ellen Glasgow (novel "In This Our Life")

Produced by
David Lewis .... associate producer
Hal B. Wallis .... executive producer
Original Music by
Max Steiner 
Cinematography by
Ernest Haller (director of photography) (as Ernie Haller)
Film Editing by
William Holmes 
Art Direction by
Robert M. Haas  (as Robert Haas)
Costume Design by
Orry-Kelly (gowns)
Makeup Department
Perc Westmore .... makeup artist
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Jack Sullivan .... assistant director (uncredited)
Sound Department
Robert B. Lee .... sound
Special Effects by
Robert Burks .... special effects
Byron Haskin .... special effects
Audrey Scott .... stunt double: Bette Davis (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Eugene Joseff .... costume jeweller (uncredited)
Music Department
Leo F. Forbstein .... musical director
Hugo Friedhofer .... orchestral arrangements
Other crew
Edward A. Blatt .... dialogue director (as Edward Blatt)
Crew verified as complete

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97 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound System)

Did You Know?

Jack Mower is listed in studio records as an actor in this film, but he was not seen in the print.See more »
Roy Timberlake:Parks are for the very rich or the very poor.See more »
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Bridal Chorus (Here Comes the Bride)See more »


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35 out of 39 people found the following review useful.
Daring melodrama from the 1940's, 24 May 1999

A critical and commercial flop when first released, I've always thought "In This Our Life" (***1/2 out of ****) one of the most daring and powerful melodramas to come out of a major Hollywood studio in the 40's. In his autobiography director, John Huston commented: "There is something elemental about Bette (Davis)-a demon within her which threatens to break out and eat everybody, beginning with their ears-I let the demon go." This famously volatile actress is at her gutsy best as a headstrong vixen who steals her sister's husband and drives him to suicide. She then attempts to steal her sister's new betrothed out of jealousy and then goes on to try to pin a hit and run accident on an innocent black youth. Amazingly, Davis manages to evoke a weird kind of sympathy for this anti-heroine (a special talent of hers). This picture was ahead of its time in several respects. It was one of the first to portray a young black man who was intelligent and ambitious, rather than in the usual servile role. Davis and Charles Coburn as her lecherous old uncle achieve a wickedly funny rapport in their scenes together that dare to suggest an incestuous attraction, at least on his side. Olivia De Havilland manages to give the role of Davis' put-upon older sister a great deal of dignity and backbone. She excelled at giving substance to "good woman" roles. (Oddly enough, the sisters are named "Stanley" and "Roy" in the script.) This speedily-paced film runs for 98 minutes and every one of them is packed with interest and excitement. As if this weren't enough, there is one of Max Steiner's most sophisticated and highly charged scores to drive it all along. Highly recommended.

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