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Release Date:
21 October 1949 (USA) See more »
What a dump! See more »
Rosa Moline is bored with life in a small town. She loves Chicago industrialist Neil Latimer who has a hunting lodge nearby... See more » | Add synopsis »
Nominated for Oscar. See more »
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Bette Davis ... Rosa Moline

Joseph Cotten ... Doctor Louis Moline

David Brian ... Neil Latimer

Ruth Roman ... Carol Lawson
Minor Watson ... Moose Lawson

Dona Drake ... Jenny

Regis Toomey ... Sorren
Sarah Selby ... Mildred Sorren
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Joel Allen ... Minister (uncredited)

Gail Bonney ... Woman (uncredited)
Frances Charles ... Miss Elliott (uncredited)
James Craven ... Man with Photographs (uncredited)

Ann Doran ... Edith Williams (uncredited)
June Evans ... Woman (uncredited)
Bess Flowers ... Secretary (uncredited)
Hal Gerard ... Waiter (uncredited)

Creighton Hale ... Townsman with Glasses (uncredited)
Jim Haward ... Bar Manager (uncredited)
Bobby Henshaw ... Man (uncredited)
Hallene Hill ... Flower Vendor (uncredited)
Charles Jordan ... Jury Foreman (uncredited)

Jack Kenney ... Man (uncredited)
Ralph Littlefield ... Driver (uncredited)

Eve Miller ... Switchboard Operator (uncredited)
Frank Pharr ... Coroner (uncredited)

Buddy Roosevelt ... Man (uncredited)
Sherman Sanders ... Old Fiddler (uncredited)
Mary Servoss ... Mrs. Wetch (uncredited)

Olan Soule ... Narrator (uncredited)
Eileen Stevens ... Telephone Operator (uncredited)

Harry Tyler ... Stationmaster (uncredited)

Dorothy Vernon ... Townswoman (uncredited)

Judith Wood ... Waitress (uncredited)

Directed by
King Vidor 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Lenore J. Coffee  writer
Stuart Engstrand  novel

Produced by
Henry Blanke .... producer
Jack L. Warner .... executive producer
Original Music by
Max Steiner 
Cinematography by
Robert Burks 
Film Editing by
Rudi Fehr 
Art Direction by
Robert M. Haas  (as Robert Haas)
Set Decoration by
William L. Kuehl  (as William Kuehl)
Costume Design by
Edith Head 
Makeup Department
Perc Westmore .... makeup artist
Ruby Felker .... hair stylist (uncredited)
Al Greenway .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Production Management
Eric Stacey .... production manager (uncredited)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Al Alleborn .... assistant director (uncredited)
Sound Department
Charles Lang .... sound
Special Effects by
Edwin B. DuPar .... special effects (as E.B. DuPar)
William C. McGann .... special effects (as William McGann)
Camera and Electrical Department
Charles Bannon .... gaffer (uncredited)
Harold Noyes .... grip (uncredited)
Eugene Richee .... still photographer (uncredited)
William Schurr .... second camera (uncredited)
Leonard J. South .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Henry Field .... wardrobe (uncredited)
Music Department
Murray Cutter .... orchestrator
Other crew
Rita Michaels .... script supervisor (uncredited)
Crew believed to be complete

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
97 min | Germany:89 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound System)
Filming Locations:

Did You Know?

In some parts of the US the scene in which Rosa induces a miscarriage by jumping from an embankment were cut.See more »
Crew or equipment visible: Near the end, as Rosa prepares to catch the Chicago train, the camera dollies backwards, away from her, and as it does, the equipment bangs into her closet door, causing the clothes hanging on it to sway back-and-forth.See more »
Neil Latimer:You're terrific.
Rosa Moline:[Sexily] You said that the first time, too.
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in The Lorax (2012)See more »
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11 out of 11 people found the following review useful.
Not as bad as it sounds, 15 August 2007
Author: aemmering from United States

Many have blasted this film as pure camp, some without having even seen it, I'm sure. While this is no masterpiece, it really isn't that bad--it plays for the most part like a standard noirish "woman's film" from the forties. Since this sort of thing was Davis' specialty, she isn't particularly out of place here. Some of the dialog is dated and over the top, but not nearly so much as this film's detractors would have one believe. What truly stays in the mind is Bette's awful appearance--she's obviously too old to play the part of the small town sexpot, Rosa Moline. Beyond that, she's made to wear some awful black fright wig that makes her prematurely saggy face look positively witch like! As a romantic interest, she stretches our sense of credibility (however, I will allow for the fact that black Maria Montez type hair was probably thought sexy in those days-and she does grasp a sense of how a faded small town belle might try to put herself across, as she swaggers around with false bravado in her tight dresses and sexy ---- me shoes. All in all, not as bad as they say--the whole project probably shocked Davis herself (as well as quite a few critics who generally not kind to it) into realizing that her leading lady days were numbered. A strange career move in the lengthly career of a great, if misunderstood star.

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