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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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Cast

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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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You've told me your secret, now I'll tell you mine. See more »

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7 April 1948 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Encontro no Inverno  »

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(RCA Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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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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If I Could Be with You
(uncredited)
Music by James P. Johnson
Played when Susan and Stacey arrive at the restaurant
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A beautiful little film
26 May 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I usually enjoy seeing obscure films with great stars. WINTER MEETING is not film on a large scale, but is a smaller film with the quality and production of a prestige picture. It is, after all, a Bette Davis film. Like Joan Crawford's later vehicles as Warner's, such as THIS WOMAN IS DANGEROUS, Bette's WINTER MEETING has been met with much unjust criticism. People view it with the wrong expectations. It is not a grand, overheated melodrama like DECEPTION or POSSESSED. It is, rather, a poetic and intelligent film about two people who come together and help each other solve their problems and loneliness. It is a movie about how relationships with other people can strengthen us, and the theme is beautifully explored in many unique and surprising ways.

Bette Davis gives one of her most subtle and restrained performances. It is also one of her most effective, because of that restraint. Jim Davis is effective enough as the man who helps her. The best things about the film are the lovely score and the wonderful photography of a wintry New York you will not soon forget. What the film has going for it is an unforgettable mood and atmosphere.

It may not be for everyone, but if you watch it with the right expectations, you will be impressed. The original theatrical trailer is viewable on turnerclassicmovies.com.


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