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A young socialite is diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor, and must decide whether or not she'll meet her final days with dignity.

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  • Nominated for 3 Oscars. Another 3 wins & 3 nominations.
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Judith Traherne
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Dr. Frederick Steele
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Michael O'Leary
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Ann King
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Alec
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Dr. Parsons
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Carrie
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Miss Wainwright
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Martha
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Colonel Mantle
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Dr. Carter
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Dr. Driscoll
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Miss Dodd
Lottie Williams ...
Lucy
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Black Ace ...
Judith's Horse (uncredited)
Marian Alden ...
Judith's Friend (uncredited)
Wilda Bennett ...
Judith's Friend (uncredited)
Diane Bernard ...
Lucy - a Servant (uncredited)
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Judith's Friend (uncredited)
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Bartender (uncredited)
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Doctor (uncredited)
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Headwaiter (uncredited)
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Nightclub Singer (uncredited)
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Anxious Little Man (uncredited)
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Trainer (uncredited)
Paulette Evans ...
Judith's Friend (uncredited)
Jack A. Goodrich ...
Doctor (uncredited)
Eddie Graham ...
Doctor (uncredited)
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George - Man Taking Judith's Coat (uncredited)
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Judith's Friend (uncredited)
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Doctor (uncredited)
Alexander Leftwich ...
Specialist #2 (uncredited)
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Judith's Friend (uncredited)
Will Morgan ...
Doctor (uncredited)
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Veterinarian (uncredited)
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Judith's Friend (uncredited)
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Doctor (uncredited)
Ila Rhodes ...
Secretary (uncredited)
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Man Making Crack About Judith (uncredited)
Speirs Ruskell ...
Henry Curtiss - Dr. Steele's Assistant (uncredited)
Cliff Saum ...
Moving Man (uncredited)
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Doctor (uncredited)
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Judith's Friend (uncredited)
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Girl in Box (uncredited)
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Specialist #1 (uncredited)
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Judith's Friend (uncredited)

Directed by

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Edmund Goulding

Written by

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Casey Robinson ... (screen play)
 
George Emerson Brewer Jr. ... (from the play by) and
Bertram Bloch ... (from the play by)

Produced by

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David Lewis ... associate producer
Hal B. Wallis ... executive producer

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Max Steiner

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Ernest Haller ... (photography) (as Ernie Haller)

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William Holmes ... film editor

Art Direction by

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Robert M. Haas ... (as Robert Haas)

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Orry-Kelly ... (gowns)

Production Management

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Jack L. Warner ... in charge of production
Robert Ross ... unit manager (uncredited)

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Frank Heath ... assistant director (uncredited)

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Robert B. Lee ... sound

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Audrey Scott ... riding double: Bette Davis (uncredited)

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Eugene Joseff ... costume jeweller (uncredited)

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Leo F. Forbstein ... musical director
Hugo Friedhofer ... orchestral arrangements
Howard Jackson ... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Max Steiner ... conductor (uncredited)

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Irving Rapper ... dialogue director (uncredited)
Leo Morton Schulman ... technical advisor (uncredited)
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Plot Summary

Judith Traherne is at the height of young society when Dr. Frederick Steele diagnoses a brain tumor. After surgery she falls in love with Steele. The doctor tells her secretary that the tumor will come back and eventually kill her. Learning this, Judith becomes manic and depressive. Her horse trainer Michael, who loves her, tells her to get as much out of life as she can. She marries Steele who intends to find a cure for her illness. As he goes off to a conference in New York failing eyesight indicates to Judith that she is dying. Written by Ed Stephan

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Taglines "I've Crammed EVERY MINUTE SO FULL of waste. And now there's so little time. I don't know what to do. I'm afraid!" See more »
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Also Known As
  • Victoire sur la nuit (France)
  • Opfer einer großen Liebe (Germany)
  • Amarga victoria (Spain)
  • 黑暗的胜利 (China, Mandarin title)
  • Amarga victoria (Chile)
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  • 104 min
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Trivia Bette Davis said that this was her favorite role to play. See more »
Goofs When the setting changes to Vermont towards the end of the film, there is snow on the ground and it is obviously winter. Yet most of the trees in front of the house still have leaves on them. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in Stars on Horseback (1943). See more »
Soundtracks OH, GIVE ME TIME FOR TENDERNESS See more »
Quotes Judith: I think I'll have a large order of prognosis negative!.
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