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Beyond the Forest (1949)

Approved | | Drama, Film-Noir, Romance | 21 October 1949 (USA)
Rosa Moline is bored with life in a small town. She loves Chicago industrialist Neil Latimer who has a hunting lodge nearby. Rosa squeezes her husband's patients to pay their bills so she ... See full summary »

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Rosa Moline is bored with life in a small town. She loves Chicago industrialist Neil Latimer who has a hunting lodge nearby. Rosa squeezes her husband's patients to pay their bills so she can visit Chicago; her husband's patience is also tried: he tells her to go and never come back. Once there, Neil tells her he doesn't want her. Back home and pregnant, Neil shows up and now wants her. The caretaker at Neil's lodge threatens to reveal her pregnancy... Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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Bette Davis thought Joseph Cotten was all wrong for the role of her husband, saying: "He's adorable. What in the world would she leave him for?" See more »

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Prior to visiting lawyer's office, Rosa wipes off all her make-up, then is seen wearing bright lipstick during a close-up in waiting room, which immediately disappears for rest of scene. See more »

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Rosa Moline: If I don't get out of here I'll die. If I don't get out of here I hope I die and burn.
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The film begins after the opening credits with this warning title: This is the story of evil. Evil is headstrong - is puffed up. For our souls sake, it is salutory for us to view it in all it's ugly nakedness once in a while. Thus may we know how those who deliver themselves over to it end up like the scorpion, in a mad frenzy stinging themselves to eternal death. See more »

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Music by Fred Fisher (1922)
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So bad, it's downright enjoyable!!!...some uniformly bad acting inspired no doubt by Bette's rampant overacting...
13 April 2001 | by (U.S.A.) – See all my reviews

Just about everyone in 'Beyond the Forest' seems to have graduated with honors from The School of Bad Acting. First and foremost, Bette Davis, in her most wildly overdone, overbaked role sporting a Dracula-like black wig and pounds of lipstick, quivering with impatience at being stuck in a coal-mining town as the wife of a dull doctor. She's Madame Bovary in a major key, spitting out her lines with gusto as everyone else cowers around her. Neither Joseph Cotten nor Ruth Roman nor David Brian can do much but stand and stare at her antics. Of course, she's so camp that it's hard to turn away--like being at the scene of an accident. The only other cast member who outdoes her is Dona Drake as her dim-witted maid...talk about bad acting! Amid all the mayhem, we at least have Max Steiner's score to remind us that this is a Warner Bros. melodrama, a steamy concotion giving Davis a tailor-made role in which to be the ultimate bitch. Poor Ruth Roman stands by, wasted in a small role--a pity, because she can be a strong actress when given the right material. Only ardent Bette Davis admirers can possibly like this one--relieved occasionally by some typical Davis remarks. "What a dump!" Yeah, right. And what a film!!


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