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Director:
Writers:
Dale Eunson (original screenplay) and
Katherine Albert (original screenplay)
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Release Date:
11 December 1952 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
The story of a woman...who thought she was a star so high in the sky no man could touch her!
Plot:
A washed-up movie queen finds romance, but still desires a come-back. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Awards:
Nominated for Oscar. See more »
NewsDesk:
Portman Loves L.A. Living
 (From WENN. 26 November 2009, 12:26 AM, PST)

User Reviews:
Bette Davis Takes a Bender See more (31 total) »

Cast

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Bette Davis ... Margaret Elliot

Sterling Hayden ... Jim Johannsen aka Barry Lester

Natalie Wood ... Gretchen
Warner Anderson ... Harry Stone
Minor Watson ... Joe Morrison
June Travis ... Phyllis Stone
Paul Frees ... Richard Stanley
Robert Warwick ... R.J., Aging Actor at Party (as Robert Warrick)
Barbara Lawrence ... Barbara Lawrence
Fay Baker ... Faith
Herb Vigran ... Roy
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
David Alpert ... Keith Barkley - Director (uncredited)
James Anderson ... Bailey - Actor playing Jed Garfield in The Fatal Winter (uncredited)
Florence Auer ... Annie's Friend in Store (uncredited)
Marie Blake ... Annie, Stones' Maid (uncredited)
Claire Carleton ... Jailbird (uncredited)
Byron Foulger ... Druggist (uncredited)
Gil Frye ... George, Assistant Director (uncredited)
Sam Harris ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Al Hill ... Cameraman (uncredited)
John Indrisano ... Projectionist (uncredited)
Marcia Mae Jones ... Waitress (uncredited)
William H. O'Brien ... Waiter at Party (uncredited)
Lorin Raker ... R.J. Somers (uncredited)
Kay Riehl ... Mrs. Adams, Landlady (uncredited)
Frank J. Scannell ... Auctioneer (voice) (uncredited)
Dorothy Vaughan ... Annie - Old Biddy in Department Store (uncredited)
Katherine Warren ... Mrs. Ruth Morrison (uncredited)
Barbara Woodell ... Peggy Morgan (uncredited)

Directed by
Stuart Heisler 
 
Writing credits
Dale Eunson (original screenplay) and
Katherine Albert (original screenplay)

Produced by
Bert E. Friedlob .... producer
 
Original Music by
Victor Young 
 
Cinematography by
Ernest Laszlo (director of photography)
 
Set Decoration by
Edward G. Boyle  (as Edward Boyle)
 
Makeup Department
Del Armstrong .... makeup supervisor
Jane Romeyn .... hair stylist
 
Production Management
J. Paul .... production supervisor
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Robert Vreeland .... assistant director
 
Art Department
Boris Leven .... set designer
 
Sound Department
John R. Carter .... sound engineer (as John Carter)
 
Special Effects by
David Commons .... special effects
Jack Rabin .... special effects
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Bill Edwards .... wardrobe (as William Edwards)
Orry-Kelly .... gowns: Miss Davis
Ann Peck .... wardrobe
Sam Benson .... wardrobe supervisor (uncredited)
Joan Joseff .... costume jeweller (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Otto Ludwig .... editorial supervisor
 
Music Department
Sidney Cutner .... orchestrator (as Sid Cuttner)
Leo Shuken .... orchestrator
Victor Young .... conductor
 
Other crew
Bert E. Friedlob .... presenter
Weslie Jones .... script supervisor
Leo Taub .... assistant to producer
 
Crew believed to be complete


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Runtime:
89 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Recording)
Certification:
Australia:PG | Finland:K-16 | Sweden:15 | UK:A (original rating) | USA:Approved | USA:Passed (National Board of Review)

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Trivia:
Fox starlet Barbara Lawrence's presence is felt even though her actual screen time is brief. Besides her fleeting cameo appearance, she is referred to at least five other times as the young nemesis to Bette Davis' aging star. She is mentioned as an up-and-coming prospect by an agent, a drunken Davis drives by her house in a mock tour of stars' homes, her image appears in a drugstore ad that confronts Davis, Davis stops to stare at a huge portrait of Lawrence before entering her prospective producer's office, and she spitefully uses Lawrence's vacant dressing room to change alter her make-up before her screen test. For added Hollywood verisimilitude, references are made to other contemporaneous Fox stars including Victor Mature, Debra Paget, Mitzi Gaynor, and Jeanne Crain. Curiously there is a reference to an actor named Ralph Bellows, who's playing the rich, stuffy second lead. This is an obvious reference to the screen persona of Ralph Bellamy, who was not under contract to Fox at the time.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: When Gretchen changes direction on the boat for the second time, Margaret is knocked way over to the left by the sail. She turns around to laugh, but is shown seated on the far right.See more »
Quotes:
Margaret Elliott:If you're a star you don't stop being a star.See more »
Movie Connections:
Featured in Hollywood: The Great Stars (1963) (TV)See more »

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1 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
Bette Davis Takes a Bender, 30 October 2010
Author: wes-connors from Earth

Desperate for money, fading movie queen Bette Davis (as Margaret "Maggie" Elliot) reluctantly auctions off some of her possessions. What she really wants is one good picture; but, Ms. Davis is thought too old for the kind of films audiences attend. When her fresh-faced daughter Natalie Wood (as Gretchen) asks if she's "washed up," mother Davis says she's making a movie in a few weeks. But, there is no film deal. Sadly, Davis picks up her Academy Award and says, "C'mon Oscar, let's you and me get drunk!"

"You don't seem to know why I am!" screams a drunken Davis, after reckless driving lands her in jail. She is bailed out by hunky ex-actor Sterling Hayden (as Jim Johannson), an actor she once helped get a movie role. He tries to get Davis back on her feat, and encourages her to take a job as a saleslady in a department store. The two go sailing with little Natalie and look like they are forming a nice family of three. But, Davis wants to make a comeback, and reestablish herself as "The Star" of Hollywood.

This film was purportedly prepared for Joan Crawford, who would seem more suited to this particular character. In real life, Davis would have embraced the "older sister" part addressed in the storyline; and, Crawford would have done to the role exactly what Davis' character does. Both actresses knew their routines. There is nothing revelatory here - but Davis, who had the role in her back pocket, is excellent. Her typically fine, and entertaining, work resulted in another "Academy Award" nomination.

******* The Star (12/11/52) Stuart Heisler ~ Bette Davis, Sterling Hayden, Natalie Wood, Warner Anderson

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