Popular and beautiful Fanny Trellis is forced into a loveless marriage with an older man, Jewish banker Job Skeffington, in order to save her beloved brother Trippy from an embezzlement charge, and predictable complications result.
A piano teacher believes that her fiancé was killed on the battlefield. When he miraculously returns, they decide to marry, but are threatened by a wealthy, egotistical composer the piano teacher started dating on the rebound after she became convinced her love had died.
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
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Both Bette Davis' and Olivia de Havilland's characters have masculine given names--"Stanley" and "Roy," respectively. The film never hints that there is anything unusual about their names, nor does it offer any explanation. See more »
When the police drive up to the house looking for Stanley they park with their front wheels straight but when they run after her and get back in their car the wheels are turned. See more »
In my day, we didn't talk much about happiness. If it came we were grateful for it. But we were brought up in the belief that there were other things more important; old-fogy fantastic notions such as duty and personal responsibility.
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I am not certain Ellen Glasgow's book is faithfully reproduced in this movie, but John Huston has brought to the screen an excellent melodrama, featuring two of Hollywood's greatest actresses (both dual Oscar winners) in Bette Davis and Olivia de Havilland. The story of the two sisters' relationships with each other, and their men played by two very boring actors George Brent and Dennis Morgan is very well told, with Davis having a great final scene with her uncle as depicted by Charles Coburn. The young Afro-American actor Anderson played his role extremely sensitively and possibly was the first of his race to be cast in a movie in this light. Character actors such as Lee Patrick and Hattie McDaniel certainly added to the charm of this film. I do feel that the character Roy (de Havilland) could have been better developed by the script, but as usual, she carried it off brilliantly. Billie Burke was featured in a most unusual role for her, and she did it well.
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