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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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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 »
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Elizabeth's novel comes to the screen See more (85 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)
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)
Philo McCullough ... Stock Broker (uncredited)
Matt McHugh ... Drunk (uncredited)

Frank McLure ... Stock Broker (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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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)

Did You Know?

Trivia:
'Paul Henried', Paul Lukas, and John Loder were considered for the title role prior to Claude Rains being cast.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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18 out of 26 people found the following review useful.
Elizabeth's novel comes to the screen, 25 November 2004
Author: didi-5 from United Kingdom

'Mr Skeffington', by Elizabeth, came to the screen in 1944 with Claude Rains in the title role, Bette Davis as Fanny, Richard Waring as Trippy, Jerome Cowan as Edward, and others.

An absorbing and entertaining novel could only be buoyed up by the playing of Bette Davis as the self-absorbed Miss Trellis, who has no knowledge of the real world as it affects her friends and her family. Trippy's money problems mean as little to her as the attentions of her tribe of young men. Fanny losing her beauty would be her greatest calamity ...

As Job Skeffington, Trippy's understanding boss, Claude Rains adds a touch of dryness and dignity to the role. The teaming between Rains and Davis gives plenty of zip to the film and makes the whole thing hugely enjoyable - there is a tragic undercurrent to this story that both actors could carry off completely.

'Mr Skeffington' is excellent and one of those great 1940s wallows they just don't make anymore [sigh].

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