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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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Melodrama at its best, with classy stars. See more (55 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)

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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 »
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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13 out of 15 people found the following review useful.
Melodrama at its best, with classy stars., 6 July 2004
Author: dougandwin from Adelaide Australia

I am not certain Ellen Glasgow's book is faithfully reproduced in this movie, but John Huston has brought to the screen an excellent melodrama, featuring two of Hollywood's greatest actresses (both dual Oscar winners) in Bette Davis and Olivia de Havilland. The story of the two sisters' relationships with each other, and their men played by two very boring actors George Brent and Dennis Morgan is very well told, with Davis having a great final scene with her uncle as depicted by Charles Coburn. The young Afro-American actor Anderson played his role extremely sensitively and possibly was the first of his race to be cast in a movie in this light. Character actors such as Lee Patrick and Hattie McDaniel certainly added to the charm of this film. I do feel that the character Roy (de Havilland) could have been better developed by the script, but as usual, she carried it off brilliantly. Billie Burke was featured in a most unusual role for her, and she did it well.

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