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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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Director:
Writers:
Julius J. Epstein (screen play) &
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Release Date:
25 May 1944 (USA) See more »
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Plot:
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 »
Awards:
Nominated for 2 Oscars. See more »
User Reviews:
Misplaced Values See more (82 total) »

Cast

  (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)
Ethan Laidlaw ... Cop (uncredited)
Lucille Lamarr ... Young Girl (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)
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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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Runtime:
146 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound System)
Certification:
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)

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Trivia:
Bette Davis was not the first choice for the role of Fanny. The part was first offered first to Merle Oberon and then to Hedy Lamarr who both turned it down.See more »
Goofs:
Anachronisms: The image of the battleship turning over in the newsreel scene is that of the Viribus Unitus, which sunk during the closing days of World War One, rather than before America's entry into the war, as discussed in the newsreelSee more »
Quotes:
[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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Soundtrack:
I'm Looking Over a Four-Leaf CloverSee more »

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25 out of 32 people found the following review useful.
Misplaced Values, 27 November 2007
Author: bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York

Bette Davis and Richard Waring are the Trellis siblings, an old name and dwindling money. They also have the snobbery that comes from having a name that goes back to the 17th century in terms of residence on the North American continent. Both their lives get forever intertwined with that of Claude Rains, Mr. Skeffington.

Fanny Trellis Skeffington is one of Bette Davis's best screen performances. She's a shallow woman who is a great beauty and enjoys all the flattery that a stream of men give her. Waring to keep up with his lifestyle goes to work for investment banker Skeffington and winds up embezzling a considerable sum of money.

Rains is ready to prosecute, but Davis intercedes and marries Rains who is as entranced as everyone else is with her beauty. They have one rocky marriage that produces a daughter, Majorie Riordan, but little else in the way of happiness for either.

If Mr. Skeffington has a fault it's that Rains is sometimes just to good to be true. For what he put up with, if he were a Christian, he'd be a candidate for sainthood.

Another thing I like about Mr. Skeffington is that it does tackle the issue of anti-Semitism head-on. Waring is a Jew hater as are many of Davis's upper crust admirers. Rains keeps a cheerful look on his face, but because he's that brilliant an actor, you can see the pain registering.

Mr. Skeffington was nominated for two Academy Awards. Bette Davis got one of her nominations for Best Actress, but lost to Ingrid Bergman for Gaslight. And Rains was nominated for Best Supporting Actor, but he lost to Barry Fitzgerald in Going My Way.

Warner Brothers gave Davis a great group of supporting players and among the ones I like are Dorothy Peterson as her loyal maid, George Coulouris as a psychiatrist who gave her some words of wisdom like a Dutch Uncle, and Walter Abel as her wise cousin who is the catalyst for some positive change in her in the end.

Mr. Skeffington is Bette Davis at her best and always finds a place in the top 10 of her screen roles.

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