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Director:
Writers:
Casey Robinson (screenplay)
Olive Higgins Prouty (from the novel by)
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Release Date:
31 October 1942 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
Today Her Greatest! For a woman there's always an excuse . . . See more »
Plot:
Boston spinster blossoms under therapy and finds impossible romance. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
Awards:
Won Oscar. Another 1 win & 2 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
excellent film with excellent ensemble See more (125 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Bette Davis ... Charlotte Vale

Paul Henreid ... Jerry Durrance

Claude Rains ... Dr. Jaquith

Gladys Cooper ... Mrs. Henry Vale

Bonita Granville ... June Vale
John Loder ... Elliot Livingston
Ilka Chase ... Lisa Vale
Lee Patrick ... 'Deb' McIntyre

Franklin Pangborn ... Mr. Thompson
Katharine Alexander ... Miss Trask (as Katherine Alexander)
James Rennie ... Frank McIntyre

Mary Wickes ... Dora Pickford
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Tod Andrews ... Dr. Dan Regan (uncredited)
Brooks Benedict ... Party Guest (uncredited)
David Clyde ... William (uncredited)

Yola d'Avril ... Celestine (uncredited)
Frank Dae ... Passenger (uncredited)
Donald Douglas ... George Weston (uncredited)
Charles Drake ... Leslie Trotter (uncredited)
Claire Du Brey ... Hilda (uncredited)
Elspeth Dudgeon ... Aunt Hester (uncredited)
Bill Edwards ... Passenger (uncredited)
Mary Field ... Passenger (uncredited)
Bess Flowers ... Concert Audience Member (uncredited)
Reed Hadley ... Henry Montague (uncredited)
Sheila Hayward ... Katie (uncredited)
Bill Kennedy ... Hamilton Hunneker (uncredited)
George Lessey ... Uncle Herbert (uncredited)
Lester Matthews ... Captain (uncredited)
Corbet Morris ... Hilary (uncredited)
Tempe Pigott ... Mrs. Smith (uncredited)
Hilda Plowright ... Justine (uncredited)
Frank Puglia ... Giuseppe (uncredited)
Constance Purdy ... Rosa (uncredited)
Georges Renavent ... M. Henri (uncredited)
Dorothy Vaughan ... Woman (uncredited)
Janis Wilson ... Tina Durrance (uncredited)
Isabel Withers ... Passenger (uncredited)

Ian Wolfe ... Lloyd (uncredited)
Charlotte Wynters ... Grace Weston (uncredited)

Directed by
Irving Rapper 
 
Writing credits
Casey Robinson (screenplay)

Olive Higgins Prouty (from the novel by)

Produced by
Hal B. Wallis .... producer
 
Original Music by
Max Steiner 
 
Cinematography by
Sol Polito (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Warren Low 
 
Art Direction by
Robert M. Haas  (as Robert Haas)
 
Set Decoration by
Fred M. MacLean (set decorations)
 
Costume Design by
Orry-Kelly (gowns)
 
Makeup Department
Perc Westmore .... makeup artist
Martha Acker .... hair (uncredited)
Edwin Allen .... makeup artist (uncredited)
 
Production Management
Al Alleborn .... unit manager (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Emmett Emerson .... second assistant director (uncredited)
Sherry Shourds .... assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Scotty Moore .... props (uncredited)
John More .... props (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Robert B. Lee .... sound
 
Special Effects by
Willard Van Enger .... special effects
 
Stunts
Audrey Scott .... stunt double: Bette Davis (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Joe Cramer .... best boy (uncredited)
Frank Evans .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Al Green .... camera operator (uncredited)
Harold Noyes .... grip (uncredited)
Charles O'Bannon .... gaffer (uncredited)
Bert Six .... stills (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Mary Dery .... wardrobe (uncredited)
Eugene Joseff .... costume jeweller (uncredited)
Rydo Loshak .... wardrobe (uncredited)
Marguerite Royce .... wardrobe (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Don Siegel .... montages
 
Music Department
Leo F. Forbstein .... musical director
Hugo Friedhofer .... orchestrator
 
Other crew
Edward A. Blatt .... dialogue director (as Edward Blatt)
Don Siegel .... montages
George Becker .... stand-in (uncredited)
Meta Carpenter .... script clerk (uncredited)
Phyllis Clark .... stand-in (uncredited)
Gilberto Souto .... technical advisor (uncredited)
 
Crew verified as complete


Production Companies
  • Warner Bros. (presents) (as Warner Bros. Pictures, Inc.) (as A Warner Bros. First National Picture also)
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Runtime:
117 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound System)
Certification:
Argentina:13 | Australia:PG | Canada:PG (video rating) | Finland:K-16 | Germany:o.Al. | Iceland:L | South Korea:15 | Sweden:Btl | UK:PG (video rating) (1986) | UK:A (original rating) | UK:U (re-release) (re-rating) (2008) | USA:Not Rated | USA:Approved (MPAA rating: certificate #8341)

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Trivia:
On-set observers reported that Bette Davis often seemed to be directing the film for Irving Rapper. Unlike others she had worked with, his approach to her was much more conciliatory. Rather than order her to play a scene a certain way, he would ask her to try his ideas to see if they would work for her.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: As June and Charlotte enter the drawing room after June's arrival, their position relative to each other changes between shots.See more »
Quotes:
Tina Durrance:To Jerry-Daddy: Do you like me?
Jerry:Looking at Charlotte: I love you.
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Movie Connections:
Featured in The Care and Handling of Roses (1996) (TV)See more »
Soundtrack:
Yankee DoodleSee more »

FAQ

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42 out of 55 people found the following review useful.
excellent film with excellent ensemble, 28 January 2005
Author: shule2000 from United States

In the 1942 screen adaptation of the 1941 bestseller by Olive Higgins-Prouty, Bette Davis and Paul Henreid provide excellent, subtle performances as Charlotte Vale (self-described Spinster Aunt) and J.D. (Jerry) Durrance, the married man she meets, befriends, and with whom she falls in love on a cruise following a transformative stay at the Vermont Sanatorium operated by Dr. Jaquith (Claude Rains). Reviewers often speak of the themes of self-sacrifice and relate it to the war, which would have been an attractive reason to make the film, but the reality was that the novel was a popular best-seller, Higgins-Prouty's earlier novel, Stella Dallas, was also a popular film (and later a radio series), and the studio stood to do well financially if the movie turned out well. Hal Wallis' deft hand as producer is seen here, especially in his choice of Orry Kelly as costume designer for Bette Davis. He and the studio worked within the limits of censors' requirements, which indicated that there could be no intimation that the two main characters had sex (which was implicit in the novel but never explicitly stated, where the behavior between the two in the love scenes were generally glossed over most of the time), and that they could not share the same blanket in the scene where they are in a hut on a Brazilian mountain, stranded. They also had to change locales for the story, because the novel had the sea voyage set in and around Italy, Gibralter, etc. In spite of any restrictions placed on the filmmakers and actors, the film followed the novel very closely, especially with respect to dialogue. The big point of contention has always been: who invented the two-cigarette lighting gesture that Paul Henreid became famous for later? According to some, George Brent and Bette Davis did something similar earlier in another film, and according to Paul Henreid and Bette Davis, there was a cigarette exchange ritual in the script which was sort of awkward, so they improvised based on Paul Henreid's experience with his wife on car trips. The latter seems likely, as there was a cigarette-exchange ritual in the novel (Jerry would give Charlotte a cigarette, lighting hers and then his own on one match, and then they would exchange cigarettes with each other so that Charlotte smoked the one that had been in Jerry's mouth and vice versa), which would have been slightly awkward in practice.

All in all, this is a truly excellent film with great production values, true to the novel on which it was based, and a wonderful ensemble cast.

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