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Mr. Skeffington (1944)

Approved | | Drama, Romance | 25 May 1944 (USA)
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Popular and beautiful Fanny Trellis is forced into a loveless marriage with an older man, Jewish banker Job Skeffington, in order to save her beloved brother Trippy from an embezzlement charge, and predictable complications result.



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Complete credited cast:
Doctor Byles
Trippy Trellis
Marjorie Riordan ...
Fanny, Jr.
Jim Conderley
Edward Morrison
Johnny Mitchell ...
Johnny Mitchell
Dorothy Peterson ...
Peter Whitney ...
Chester Forbish
Bill Thatcher
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ann Codee ...
French Modiste (scenes deleted)
Antonio Filauri ...
Modiste (scenes deleted)


It's 1914 in New York City. Adult brother and sister Trippy Trellis and Fanny Trellis, whose parents are now deceased, were once wealthy, but Trippy squandered away the family fortune, about which no one knows except their cousin George Trellis and their many creditors. Fanny and Trippy still put on the façade to the outside world that they have money. The beautiful Fanny can have any man that she wants to marry, but she sets her sights on Job Skeffington, the son of Russian-Jewish immigrants. Job's wealth was self-made in finance. They met as Trippy was once employed by Job in his brokerage house. Fanny and Job, who is now aware of the Trellis' financial straits, ultimately do get married, much to the consternation of Fanny's many suitors, but most specifically to Trippy, who knows the reason why Fanny married him. Job also realizes that Fanny does not love him, but is unaware of the real reason she agreed to marry him. After their marriage, Fanny's suitors are still around with more... Written by Huggo

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Release Date:

25 May 1944 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Das Leben der Mrs. Skeffington  »

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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As told by Robert Osborne on Turner Classic Movies, Bette Davis so loved working with Claude Rains that she championed his taking on the role of Mr Skeffington and was so insistent, she got her way!( Robert Osborne tells the names of who else was considered, but spoke too quickly to have them written down! Perhaps IMDb or a good researcher with better access to TCM can find out.) Paul Henried', Paul Lukas, and John Loder were the 3 men Robert Osbourne listed so quickly! See more »


As a measure of the progression of time, a newspaper headline flashes President Warren G. Harding's Washington Disarmament Conference of 1921-22, and stock footage shows the U.S. Capitol Dome with 1940s-era taxicabs pouring up Pennsylvania Avenue. See more »


[first lines]
Jim Conderley: Good evening, Soames!
Soames: Good evening, Mr. Conderley.
Jim Conderley: Afraid I'm a little early, aren't I?
Soames: Miss Trellis wasn't expecting anyone till 8 o'clock.
Jim Conderley: Well, I thought I'd come a little ahead of time; have a little chat with Miss Fanny.
Soames: Sorry, sir; she's still dressing.
Jim Conderley: All right, I'll wait.
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Bye Bye Blackbird
(1926) (uncredited)
Music by Ray Henderson
Played by the orchestra while Fanny is dancing
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Another Amazing Role for Bette Davis
7 August 2005 | by (Las Vegas, Nevada) – See all my reviews

After "Now Voyager" this is my favorite film of Davis. If you see the short subject on this film, the director said Davis loved a challenge and she took on the role of the "too pretty" Fanny Trellis because she felt she could "pull it off"... and in my humble opinion, she did that very well indeed. Some say she had a "pretentious" and "irritating" character, it is indeed the character of Fanny Trellis who is both pretentious and irritating. That is built into the character herself. I had a relative who behaved just as she did in this film. Davis especially reminded me of this aunt of mine when she visits Mr. Skeffington in his office when war is declared. She was artificially fragile, overly made-up, and oh too charming. Davis was brilliant in her portrayal of Fanny as the spoiled, fussy, prissy young woman who the "men" really go after.... but unlike today where most men are after physical attributes, it is Fanny's charm and her apparent wealth they are also attracted to. In reality, her character has none of these things.... it is an illusion, just as her life is an illusion. I think she did a marvelous job in a demanding and difficult role. The film also has one of the most remarkable music scores on film. Every scene is perfectly synchronized by Franz Waxman's magnificent score.

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