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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:
The Patience of Job 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:
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.)See more »
Goofs:
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 »
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:
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25 out of 34 people found the following review useful.
The Patience of Job, 17 March 2005
Author: theowinthrop from United States

"Mr. Skeffington" is one of Bette Davis' best performances, and the best of the four teaming with Claude Rains ("Now Voyager" does not have as many sequences with both of them sharing scenes as "Skeffington"). It is the story of a silly, vain woman who marries a man for his money, and to protect her brother. She fails to protect her brother, but she does find that the man she married is a better man than she deserves.

It is also an over-the-years tale, beginning about 1914, and involving World War I, prohibition, the rise of Nazism and anti-Semitism, and ending in World War II. Job Skeffington is a successful stock dealer and banker on Wall Street, and he is a rarity: he's Jewish. Somehow he hires Fanny Trellis's brother Trippy, who returns the favor by embezzling some funds. As Fanny and Trippy are socialites they are used to their friends covering up for their errors. But Job can't simply allow this, because the money doesn't belong to him but to his customers. When he approaches Fanny (gently - he just wants Trippy to return the money) Fanny pulls out her stops to entice him. It works and they marry. Job puts the money back himself. But Trippy is an anti-Semite, and is furious that Fanny sold herself to that Jew. He leaves in high anger. Later Fanny hopes that he will return after he gets it out of his system, but Trippy is killed in the war. Although it is not Job's fault, Fanny does not quite forgive him for that.

She becomes more and more outspokenly unfaithful, much to Job's chagrin and pain. Eventually it leads to a divorce. They have a young daughter who lives mostly with Job, and only joins Fanny later. But that is after a shock hits Fanny's self-image...and sets the stage for a final reconciliation with Job.

All the performances in the film, Davis, Rains, Richard Waring, Walter Abel, Jerome Cowan, are excellent. But one of my favorites is the unexpected comic turn of George Coulouris as the popular psychologist, Dr. Byles. Coulouris usually was a humorless schemer in movies and television, but could rise to the occasion in comedy (witness his progressively increasing irritation as Walter Parkes Thatcher in "Citizen Kane"). Here he is ready to leave on a long planned, much needed vacation, when Fanny barges in to unload her misery and woe without so much as a scheduled appointment. By only showing the clock in the background to show the length she takes away from the boiling Dr. Byles, one is ready for the inevitable conclusion - when the good Doctor tells her off. And he is the first person to do so in the movie.

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