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In This Our Life (1942)

Approved | | Drama | 16 May 1942 (USA)
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.

Director:

John Huston

Writers:

Howard Koch (screenplay), Ellen Glasgow (novel)
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Cast

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
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Storyline

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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Sister against sister! Love made them hate each other! See more »

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Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 May 1942 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

In This Our Life See more »

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Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Jack Mower is listed in studio records as an actor in this film, but he was not seen in the print. See more »

Quotes

Asa Timberlake: 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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Soundtracks

Blues in the Night
(uncredited)
Music by Harold Arlen
Played on the phonograph after Stanley comes home and later when she's getting dressed
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Even John Huston Couldn't Tame Bette Davis...
31 March 2001 | by DoylenfSee all my reviews

When John Huston was assigned to 'In This Our Life' he met his match in Bette Davis. "I let the Demon go," he is quoted as saying--but alas, most reviewers agreed that he let it go too far. Davis overacts her wildly overwritten role--her most "over the top" performance during the early '40s on the same level with 'Beyond the Forest' ('49). Fortunately, the others in the cast play with restraint and dignity--Olivia de Havilland gives a warm, womanly and easy performance as the good sister; George Brent is sincere as the lawyer Davis throws herself at; Dennis Morgan is earnest in a brief role as de Havilland's husband; Frank Craven and Billie Burke are fine in supporting roles and Earnest Anderson plays the intelligent black youth with dignity and respect. But against Davis, who uses no subtlety in approaching her role, they might just as well be part of the scenery. Still, the film is enjoyable as "camp melodrama" not to be taken seriously--although it has a few interesting points that are somewhat blurred by the script's unwillingness to delve deeply enough into the characters. Author Ellen Glasgow, who won a Pulitzer Prize for the novel, was aghast at what the filmmakers did to her novel and distressed at Bette Davis' overwrought performance. She exchanged a few sharp words with Davis on the matter of "overacting" -- no wonder!! You have to see this one to believe it.


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