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Mr. Skeffington -- Oscar-winners Bette Davis ("The Letter") and Claude Rains ("Casablanca") star in this drama about a flighty beauty who marries a stockbroker for convenience and almost ruins both their lives.
Mr. Skeffington -- 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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Release Date:
25 May 1944 (USA) See more »
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Nominated for 2 Oscars. See more »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Bette Davis ... Fanny Trellis Skeffington

Claude Rains ... Job Skeffington

Walter Abel ... George Trellis
George Coulouris ... Doctor Byles
Richard Waring ... Trippy Trellis
Marjorie Riordan ... Fanny, Jr.

Robert Shayne ... MacMahon
John Alexander ... Jim Conderley
Jerome Cowan ... Edward Morrison
Johnny Mitchell ... Johnny Mitchell
Dorothy Peterson ... Manby
Peter Whitney ... Chester Forbish
Bill Kennedy ... Bill Thatcher
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ann Codee ... French Modiste (scenes deleted)
Antonio Filauri ... Modiste (scenes deleted)
Fred Aldrich ... Speakeasy Bouncer (uncredited)
Sylvia Arslan ... Fanny at Age 10 (uncredited)
Sam Ash ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Janet Barrett ... Witness (uncredited)
Harry C. Bradley ... Rector (uncredited)
Georgia Caine ... Mrs. Newton (uncredited)
Doria Caron ... Beauty Operator (uncredited)
Kit Carson ... Young Man (uncredited)
Wallis Clark ... Clubman (uncredited)
Ray Cooper ... Playboy (uncredited)
Patrick Cunning ... Playboy (uncredited)

Joe Devlin ... Boat Employee (uncredited)

Ann Doran ... Nurse Maria (uncredited)
Dan Dowling ... Playboy (uncredited)
Jay Eaton ... Stock Broker (uncredited)
Helen Eby-Rock ... Woman in Cafe (uncredited)

Richard Erdman ... Western Union Boy (uncredited)
Herbert Evans ... Speakeasy Patron (uncredited)
Mary Field ... Mrs. Penelope Hyslup (uncredited)
Edward Fielding ... Justice of the Peace (uncredited)
Bess Flowers ... Mrs. Thatcher (uncredited)
William Forrest ... Clinton (uncredited)
Jack George ... Henri - Beautician (uncredited)
Sol Gorss ... Plainclothesman (uncredited)

Dolores Gray ... Nightclub Singer (uncredited)
Angela Greene ... Hairdresser (uncredited)
Creighton Hale ... Casey (uncredited)
Hans Herbert ... Waiter (uncredited)
Halliwell Hobbes ... Soames (uncredited)
Stuart Holmes ... Man in Skeffington's Office (uncredited)
Charles Jordan ... Projectionist (uncredited)
Fred Kelsey ... Cop in Speakeasy Raid (uncredited)

Andrea King ... Dr. Byles' Nurse (uncredited)
Walter Kingsford ... Dr. Melton (uncredited)
Richard Kipling ... Clubman (uncredited)
Isabel La Mal ... Woman in Cafe (uncredited)
Lucille La Marr ... Young Girl (uncredited)
Ethan Laidlaw ... Cop (uncredited)

Molly Lamont ... Miss Norris (uncredited)
Vera Lewis ... Wife of Justice of the Peace (uncredited)
Charles Marsh ... McMahon's Tailor (uncredited)

Frank Mayo ... Stock Broker (uncredited)

Frank McClure ... Stock Broker (uncredited)
Philo McCullough ... Stock Broker (uncredited)
Matt McHugh ... Drunk (uncredited)
Chef Milani ... Joe - Speakeasy Doorman (uncredited)
Harold Miller ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Bert Moorhouse ... Nightclub Extra (uncredited)
Edmund Mortimer ... Nightclub Extra (uncredited)
Jack Mower ... Man in Skeffington's Office (uncredited)
Dagmar Oakland ... Woman (uncredited)

Gigi Perreau ... Fanny at Age 2 (uncredited)
Tom Quinn ... Playboy (uncredited)
Cyril Ring ... Perry Lanks (uncredited)
Ronald R. Rondell ... Playboy (uncredited)
Frances Sage ... Skeffington's First Secretary (uncredited)
Erskine Sanford ... Dr. Fawcette (uncredited)
Jeffrey Sayre ... One of Fanny's Admirers / Nightclub Patron (uncredited)
Charles Sherlock ... Stock Clerk / Speakeasy Waiter (uncredited)
Will Stanton ... Sid Lapham (uncredited)
Tom Stevenson ... Reverend Hyslup (uncredited)
Bunny Sunshine ... Fanny at Age 5 (uncredited)
Lelah Tyler ... Mrs. Forbish (uncredited)
Minerva Urecal ... Woman in Beauty Shop / Nightclub Patron (uncredited)
John Vosper ... Artist (uncredited)
Regina Wallace ... Mrs. Audrey Newton Conderley (uncredited)
Bruce Warren ... Handsome Man in Cafe (uncredited)
Leo White ... Henri's Assistant Beautician (uncredited)
Crane Whitley ... Louie (uncredited)
Lottie Williams ... Housekeeper (uncredited)
Tom Wilson ... Witness (uncredited)
Joan Winfield ... Nurse (uncredited)

Directed by
Vincent Sherman 
Writing credits
Julius J. Epstein (screen play) &
Philip G. Epstein (screen play)

Elizabeth von Arnim (from a story by) (as 'Elizabeth')

Produced by
Julius J. Epstein .... producer
Philip G. Epstein .... producer
Jack L. Warner .... executive producer
Original Music by
Franz Waxman 
Cinematography by
Ernest Haller (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Ralph Dawson (film editor)
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
Margaret Donovan .... hair stylist (uncredited)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
William Kissell .... assistant director (uncredited)
Sound Department
Robert B. Lee .... sound
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Eugene Joseff .... costume jeweller (uncredited)
Music Department
Leo F. Forbstein .... musical director
Leonid Raab .... orchestral arrangements
Paul Dessau .... composer: additional music (uncredited)
Other crew
James Leicester .... montages
Crew verified as complete

Production Companies
  • Warner Bros. (presents) (as Warner Bros. Pictures Inc.) (A Warner Bros.-First National Picture)
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Additional Details

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146 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound System)
Australia:G | Australia:PG (Cable TV rating) | Finland:K-16 | Spain:7 | Sweden:15 | UK:A (original rating) | UK:U (re-rating) (2005) | USA:TV-G | USA:Approved (certificate #9762)

Did You Know?

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 »
Anachronisms: 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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19 out of 24 people found the following review useful.
Excellent Warner Brothers meller!, 12 February 2005
Author: jgepperson from United States

"Mr. Skeffington" is one of the great Hollywood melodramas. Bette Davis has the showy role in this epic story of a troubled relationship, but it's Claude Rains as her Jewish husband who jerks the tears. Bette is all mannerisms and makeup - and there's nothing wrong with that! - but Rains gives a subtle, weighty performance that anchors the movie.

This is Warner Brothers at its most elegant. The Franz Waxman score is superb and the way he punctuates Bette's eye-blinking is hilarious.

The magnificent singer/actress Dolores Gray made her first film appearance in this film as a 1920s speakeasy chanteuse. Bette acknowledges what a beautiful voice she has in a moment that hasn't really anything to do with the scene, but the divine Dolores deserves the comment. In case you don't know who she is, check out her own film career 10 years later in her MGM films such as "It's Always Fair Weather."

Bette's aging makeup presages her work in "Whatever Happened to Baby Jane?"

You won't want to miss "Mr. Skeffington." Bette's flamboyance and Rains' gravitas make this film totally enjoyable.

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