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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) &
Philip G. 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:
A Woman is Beautiful Only When She is Loved 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 the 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:
Bette Davis said that Claude Rains was her favorite male co-star.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: When Job takes his young daughter Fannie to the restaurant, her water glass keeps alternating between nearly full to one-third full.See 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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Movie Connections:
Featured in Stardust: The Bette Davis Story (2006) (TV)See more »
Soundtrack:
It Had to Be YouSee more »

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22 out of 32 people found the following review useful.
A Woman is Beautiful Only When She is Loved, 15 October 2005
Author: Claudio Carvalho from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

In 1914, in New York, Fanny Trellis (Bette Davis) is a shallow futile selfish woman surrounded by suitors and without any other preoccupation but her beauty. Her brother Trippy Trellis (Richard Waring) wasted the fortune of the family. When he fakes business in stock market and embezzles US$ 24,000.00 commission from the Skeffington Bank, the wealthy Job Skeffington goes to Trellis' house to charge the amount back and meets Fanny. He falls in love for Fanny and she marries him to save Trippy. Fanny gets pregnant, but her selfishness destroys their marriage and they divorce. Many years later, when Fanny has diphtheria and loses her beauty, she realizes that a woman is beautiful only when she is loved.

"Mr. Skeffington" is a good melodramatic love story, silly and dated in many parts, but also very beautiful and touching. The story about a selfish woman that is only concerned with her beauty and does not learn how to grow-up and age has many memorable scenes, mostly because of the performance of Bette Davis and the make-up of the actors and actresses. In the present days, it can be clearly seem that the story shows also a quite incestuous relationship between Fanny and Trippy. My vote is eight.

Title (Brazil): "Vaidade" ("Vain")

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