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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.

Directors:

John Huston, Raoul Walsh (uncredited)

Writers:

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
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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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A sensational novel throbs to life! The cast is one of Warner Bros. best - the picture is one of Warner Bros. biggest! See more »

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Trivia

Film debut of Ernest Anderson. He was "discovered" by Bette Davis while he was working in the commissary at the studio. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Stanley Timberlake: Craig, have dinner with me somewhere tonight. Please. I've got a reason.
Craig Fleming: I don't think we better, Stanley.
Stanley Timberlake: Why not? You're afraid, aren't you? Afraid of yourself. Afraid of what you might feel if you let yourself go. Why don't you admit the truth, Craig? You've never gotten over me and you never will. You'd like to put your arms around me right now, wouldn't you? You'd like to kiss me, wouldn't you?
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Alternate Versions

Also available in a computer colorized version. See more »

Connections

Featured in All About Bette (1994) See more »

Soundtracks

You're a Lucky Guy
(uncredited)
Music by Saul Chaplin
Played on the phonograph when Roy walks in on Stanley
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How Stanley got to be the way she is...
7 June 2010 | by RanchoTuVuSee all my reviews

The family patriarch (Frank Craven), who has long since lost control of the business he himself started, and winds up only being an employee at, raises two distinctly different daughters. One (played by Bette Davis) is corrupted by her own personality defects and the attentions of her uncle (Charles Coburn), who has plenty of ability in business (it is revealed that he swooped in and took over the business that Craven started at an opportune time), but has a childless and cold marriage and presumably for that reason, showers money, gifts, and attention on his niece, foolishly believing he can buy her love and his happiness. This turns out to be probably Stanley's (Bette Davis) most formative relationship. Why De Havilland's Roy is so different we can only assume was because she came more under the influence of her father (Craven). That involved background story is actually more interesting than the story that is presented in the foreground, of Davis and sister Olivia De Havilland and their relationships with George Brent and Dennis Morgan. Nonetheless, Davis' relationship with Uncle William (Coburn) reaches a climactic point that ties in beautifully with the climax of the film.


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Country:

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Language:

English

Release Date:

16 May 1942 (USA) See more »

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Budget:

$713,000 (estimated)
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Mono (RCA Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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