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Howard Koch (screenplay)
Ellen Glasgow (novel)
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Release Date:
16 May 1942 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
"Go ahead! KISS ME!.. Forget you're married to my sister!"
Plot:
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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Great cast; excellent direction See more (53 total) »

Cast

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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
 
Stunts
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)
 
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97 min
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Mono (RCA Sound System)
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Both Bette Davis' and Olivia de Havilland's characters have masculine given names -- "Stanley" and "Roy," respectively. Interestingly, the film never hints that there is anything unusual about their names, nor does it offer any explanation.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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8 out of 9 people found the following review useful.
Great cast; excellent direction, 12 June 2006
Author: boytoyhottycmu19 from United States

IN THIS OUR LIFE is an example of a film with perfect casting. Two-time Oscar winner Bette Davis plays the southern vixen, as only she could (Jezebel, The Little Foxes, et al.) and Olivia DeHavilland, another two-time Oscar winner, plays a fair-minded, compassionate lady--the kind of role she always played so well (Gone With the Wind).

When two actresses this dynamic come together on screen, it is always fun to watch. With the exception of Joan Crawford later in her career, Bette Davis would rarely cross paths with so formidable an actress on screen--and it is fascinating to see the differences in acting styles.

Davis is loud, brazen, shrieking--completely over the top as the willful, devious young woman, but it is an effective performance. This is, however, one of at least several films in which, it can be stated, Davis overplays. Not to burst any bubbles, but Davis was certainly not a subtle performer--and it really becomes obvious against DeHavilland's more nuanced, subtle style. Later, when playing opposite Crawford, Davis reverted to the same tactics, and overplayed, also successfully. Fortunately, in both instances, the overplaying was not out of character! Of DeHavilland it should be said that she is a wonderful talent. Here is a very beautiful, sensitive actress, playing a character drawn inward and timid instead of the fast and loose character Davis played as Stanley. DeHavilland is superb.

Also of note is the marvelous score by Max Steiner. Poignant, moody, magnificent; Max Steiner's music elevates any film.

The best thing about the film is the subplot about southern racism and bigotry. It was far ahead of its time and quite daring! Hattie McDaniel turns in an affecting performance as the mother of the young black man accused wrongfully of manslaughter charges.

John Huston directs the film with just the right pacing and style. It holds your attention from start to finish and the ending is especially rewarding.

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