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Winter Meeting (1948)

 -  Drama | Romance  -  7 April 1948 (USA)
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Spinster poetess Susan Grieve lives in a Manahattan apartment where naval hero Slick Novak comes with her for a nightcap. Next morning they visit her Connecticut farm where Novak tells her ... See full summary »

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Susan Grieve
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Peggy Markham
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Slick Novak (as James Davis)
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Stacy Grant
Florence Bates ...
Mrs. Castle
Walter Baldwin ...
Mr. Castle
Ransom M. Sherman ...
Mr. Roderick Moran, Jr. (as Ransom Sherman)
Woody Herman ...
Leader - Woody Herman and His Orchestra (as Woody Herman and His Orchestra)
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Spinster poetess Susan Grieve lives in a Manahattan apartment where naval hero Slick Novak comes with her for a nightcap. Next morning they visit her Connecticut farm where Novak tells her he always wanted to be a priest. After some turmoil she advises him to follow his dream which he does. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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No woman was ever happier to be next to the man she loves ! See more »

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7 April 1948 (USA)  »

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Encontro no Inverno  »

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Although constantly referred to as a "hero", Slick Novak's naval uniform only has his aviator wings; there are no ribbons to indicate that he had received any award or decoration for being a hero. In reality, he would have worn any and all ribbons to which he was entitled, per Navy regulations. See more »


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I Got Rhythm
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Music by George Gershwin
Played when Susan and Slick are dancing at the restaurant
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Boring film but fun to see Bette in a rarely seen movie
5 January 2006 | by (New York) – See all my reviews

Most of the previous reviews have been correct. This is a boring, talky flick that feels like a filmed play for the most part. Maybe it was a play, I don't know.

Strange but I thought Davis' love interest in the film Jim Davis (later of TV Dallas fame...who I completely did not recognize) was way too young to play opposite her, but when I looked up both their ages, he was actually only a year younger than Davis! Davis was 40 in this movie. What I find strange too is the fact that in this movie, in 1948 she is very slim, as if she'd gone on a diet or something. Her next movie, in 48 as well, is June Bride. A great comedy with Robert Montgomery. In that film she's slim as well, and showing her age a tad bit more than in this movie, where she is just starting to show signs of 40ish-ness.

But then something must have happened to Davis in her personal life because the following year, in 1949, in that, little seen, Beyond the Forest (where she utters the famous line - What a dump) she seems to have aged 5 or 10 years instead of just 1. And her figure too has gone to the dogs too. She's all lumpy in Beyond the Forest! I've never seen someone go to pot in so short a time.

Then in 1950 she did her famous All About Eve in which she plays a woman who is 40 (when in real life she was 42). But in All About Eve she LOOKS like she could be 50! I'd be curious to hear from any fans out there, if they could shed some light as to what happened to Davis in those 2 years to go from a slim and attractive 40 in this movie Winter Meeting & then appear as she did only a year later in Beyond the Forest & one year more in All About Eve.

As for Winter Meeting, now that I've seen it, I can scratch it off the must see Bette Davis movie list and never have to see it again.

Oh, as for Mr. Davis' acting in this movie, he was HORRIBLE! Where oh where was George Brent (one of Davis' frequent Warner Brothers co-stars) when you need him? Don't THINK he was dead! I'll have to check on IMDb!


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