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Devotion (1946)

Approved | | Biography, Drama | 20 April 1946 (USA)
Genius authors Emily and Charlotte Bronte fall in love with their curate as they seek to get their work published.

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In Victorian England, literary siblings Emily and Charlotte Bronte vie for the affection of the Reverend Arthur Nichols. Along with their sister Anne, Emily and Charlotte also try to help their tormented brother Branwell, a gifted artist whose life is being destroyed by alcohol. Written by Daniel Bubbeo

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Filmed between November 11, 1942 and mid-February 1943, the movie didn't premiere until April 5, 1946 at the Strand Theater in Manhattan. The rumor exists that the release was delayed while Olivia de Havilland, after completing Government Girl (1943) on loan to RKO, successfully sued Warner Bros. to terminate her contract without providing the studio an extra six months to make up for her time on suspension. However, it is far more likely that its release was delayed because it was a costume drama and, while likely to well in the USA, would be impossible to market on the war torn side of the Atlantic. Warner Bros would not have realistically shelved an expensive film like this, purely to spite an actress who was in litigation with the studio. See more »

Goofs

When Emily enters her brother's sickroom and doesn't completely shut its door, a hand and arm very obviously reaches out from outside the room and shuts it. See more »

Quotes

Charlotte Bronte: I know nothing. I understand nothing. And yet, I have dared to write 200,000 words about life!
[tosses manuscript on floor]
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Crazy Credits

Dame May Whitty's name is spelled incorrectly in the opening credits. It is spelled as follows - "Dame Mae Whitty" - using the spelling the same way that Mae West spelled her name, (with an E, and not a Y). This is a terrible blunder for such a highly respected actress. See more »

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No Wonder Olivia de Havilland was a Rebel
12 March 2005 | by (The South, USA) – See all my reviews

I have been waiting for quite a while to see this film. I am a fan of English literature and history as well as classic film. I have often even requested on the Turner Classic Movies website that it be shown. I finally got the chance and it was not what I had hoped. The writing and part was awful for such a huge star as Olivia de Havilland. It is no wonder she rebelled against Warner Brothers for better roles. This mess after Gone With the Wind and The Adventures of Robin Hood? No wonder she was upset. To add fuel to the fire, her character was annoying and it is hard to understand why she was liked by men. The only performance with any depth was that of Ida Lupino and this was only because her character seemed to be the only one with any common sense or appeal. I am shocked Paul Henried didn't rebel with Olivia de Havilland. His character was a mess of a man who obviously had no taste or common sense. Watch it as it only seems to play on television once in a lifetime. Punishment should only happen so often. If you are a fan of classic film watch it for the experience and not for the quality value.


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