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In This Our Life (1942)

Approved | | Drama | 16 May 1942 (USA)
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The day before her wedding, a pampered young woman absconds with her sister's husband; in retaliation, her sister begins seeing the woman's former fiancé.


John Huston, Raoul Walsh (uncredited)


Howard Koch (screenplay), Ellen Glasgow (novel)
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Complete credited cast:
Bette Davis ... Stanley Timberlake
Olivia de Havilland ... Roy Timberlake
George Brent ... Craig Fleming
Dennis Morgan ... Peter Kingsmill
Charles Coburn ... William Fitzroy
Frank Craven ... Asa Timberlake
Billie Burke ... Lavinia Timberlake
Hattie McDaniel ... Minerva Clay
Lee Patrick ... Betty Wilmoth
Mary Servoss ... Charlotte Fitzroy
Ernest Anderson ... Parry Clay
William B. Davidson ... Jim Purdy
Edward Fielding ... Dr. Buchanan
John Hamilton ... Police Inspector Millett
William Forrest ... Forest Ranger


A young woman, Stanley Timberlake, dumps her fiance, Craig Fleming, and runs off with her sister Roy's husband, Peter Kingsmill. They marry, settle in Baltimore, and Stanley ultimately drives Peter to drink and suicide. Stanley returns home to Richmond only to learn that her sister Roy and old flame Craig have fallen in love and plan to marry. The jealous and selfish Stanley attempts to win back Craig's affections, but her true character is revealed when, rather than take the rap herself, she attempts to pin a hit and run accident on the young black clerk, Parry Clay, who works in Craig's law office. Written by Bonnie Barber <bonbar@mit.edu>

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Bette's Greatest "Hell-Cat"" Role! (Print Ad- Albany Times Union, ((Albany NY)) 7 May 1942) See more »




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Did You Know?


Lee Patrick and Billie Burke both played Mrs. Cosmo Topper--Burke in the "Topper" films and Patrick in the TV series Topper (1953). See more »


When Stanley arrives home and Uncle Williams asks her for a kiss without turning the cheek; nevertheless Stanley still turns the cheek and he misses her lips. But on the next cut Uncle Williams has lipstick on his mouth and she gives him a handkerchief to wipe it off. See more »


Craig Fleming: [about to kiss Roy] I can't think when you're so close to me.
Roy Timberlake: Then hold me closer; I don't want you to think.
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Alternate Versions

Also available in a computer colorized version. See more »


Referenced in John Huston: The Man, the Movies, the Maverick (1988) See more »


South American Way
(1939) (uncredited)
Music by Jimmy McHugh
Played on the phonograph
Reprised on a juke box at the Southside Tavern
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Good Entertainment
3 June 2010 | by thguruSee all my reviews

I remember, in my former life, a long, long time ago, when a college professor told me that something that is created by another human being that gets your attention and stirs something inside you, and gets your visual attention, and captivates you, maybe is art.

Well, this motion picture got my attention. Yes, it captivated me. The story, the actors and the moral was superb. Many times when I see these movies of an older era, I try to imagine in my mind, what the adult audience was thinking then, as they saw the story, the emotion, the characters. All the actors did a excellent job. Bettie Davis did it to me again. Her character made me hate her, and feel pity for her at the same time.

I still don't understand why I still have a crush on her. Maybe it's that old false thinking that the right man, could change her, me! Through the years, the more I see her, the more I love her.

All too often, many reviewers pick a motion picture or the actors apart on some of the most insignificant and minuet details. The director should have done this or it wasn't true to the book, or she or he could have acted a little better, blah, blah, blah. Even I have done that-- more than once. But, if things are done "reasonably" well and it holds your attention... Well, that's entertainment. That is what you pay the ticket at the box office window for. If I had paid for a ticket at the old box office for this movie, I could say that I got more than my monies worth in entertainment. And, I am still thinking about it after the movie is over.

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Release Date:

16 May 1942 (USA) See more »

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Box Office


$713,000 (estimated)
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Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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