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Mr. Skeffington ()


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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.

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Fanny Trellis Skeffington
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Job Skeffington
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George Trellis
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Doctor Byles
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Trippy Trellis
Marjorie Riordan ...
Fanny, Jr.
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MacMahon
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Jim Conderley
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Edward Morrison
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Johnny Mitchell
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Manby
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Chester Forbish
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Bill Thatcher
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French Modiste (scenesDeleted)
Antonio Filauri ...
Modiste (scenesDeleted)
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Speakeasy Bouncer (uncredited)
Sylvia Arslan ...
Fanny at Age 10 (uncredited)
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Minor Role (uncredited)
Janet Barrett ...
Witness (uncredited)
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Rector (uncredited)
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Mrs. Newton (uncredited)
Doria Caron ...
Beauty Operator (uncredited)
Kit Carson ...
Young Man (uncredited)
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Clubman (uncredited)
Ray Cooper ...
Playboy (uncredited)
Patrick Cunning ...
Playboy (uncredited)
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Boat Employee (uncredited)
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Nurse Maria (uncredited)
Dan Dowling ...
Playboy (uncredited)
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Stock Broker (uncredited)
Helen Eby-Rock ...
Woman in Cafe (uncredited)
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Western Union Boy (uncredited)
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Speakeasy Patron (uncredited)
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Mrs. Penelope Hyslup (uncredited)
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Justice of the Peace (uncredited)
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Mrs. Thatcher (uncredited)
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Clinton (uncredited)
Jack George ...
Henri - Beautician (uncredited)
Sol Gorss ...
Plainclothesman (uncredited)
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Nightclub Singer (uncredited)
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Hairdresser (uncredited)
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Casey (uncredited)
Hans Herbert ...
Waiter (uncredited)
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Soames (uncredited)
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Man in Skeffington's Office (uncredited)
Charles Jordan ...
Projectionist (uncredited)
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Cop in Speakeasy Raid (uncredited)
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Dr. Byles' Nurse (uncredited)
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Dr. Melton (uncredited)
Richard Kipling ...
Clubman (uncredited)
Isabel La Mal ...
Woman in Cafe (uncredited)
Lucille La Marr ...
Young Girl (uncredited)
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Cop (uncredited)
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Miss Norris (uncredited)
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Wife of Justice of the Peace (uncredited)
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McMahon's Tailor (uncredited)
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Stock Broker (uncredited)
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Stock Broker (uncredited)
Matt McHugh ...
Drunk (uncredited)
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Stock Broker (uncredited)
Chef Milani ...
Joe - Speakeasy Doorman (uncredited)
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Party Guest (uncredited)
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Nightclub Extra (uncredited)
Edmund Mortimer ...
Nightclub Extra (uncredited)
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Man in Skeffington's Office (uncredited)
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Woman (uncredited)
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Fanny at Age 2 (uncredited)
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Playboy (uncredited)
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Perry Lanks (uncredited)
Ronald R. Rondell ...
Playboy (uncredited)
Frances Sage ...
Skeffington's First Secretary (uncredited)
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Dr. Fawcette (uncredited)
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One of Fanny's Admirers / Nightclub Patron (uncredited)
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Stock Clerk / Speakeasy Waiter (uncredited)
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Sid Lapham (uncredited)
Tom Stevenson ...
Reverend Hyslup (uncredited)
Bunny Sunshine ...
Fanny at Age 5 (uncredited)
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Mrs. Forbish (uncredited)
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Woman in Beauty Shop / Nightclub Patron (uncredited)
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Artist (uncredited)
Regina Wallace ...
Mrs. Audrey Newton Conderley (uncredited)
Bruce Warren ...
Handsome Man in Cafe (uncredited)
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Henri's Assistant Beautician (uncredited)
Crane Whitley ...
Louie (uncredited)
Lottie Williams ...
Housekeeper (uncredited)
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Witness (uncredited)
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Nurse (uncredited)

Directed by

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Vincent Sherman

Written by

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Julius J. Epstein ... (screen play) &
Philip G. Epstein ... (screen play)
 
Elizabeth von Arnim ... (from a story by) (as 'Elizabeth')

Produced by

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Julius J. Epstein ... producer
Philip G. Epstein ... producer
Jack L. Warner ... executive producer

Music by

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Franz Waxman

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Ernest Haller ... director of photography

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Ralph Dawson ... film editor

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

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Fred M. MacLean ... (set decorations)

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Orry-Kelly ... (gowns)

Makeup Department

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Perc Westmore ... makeup artist
Margaret Donovan ... hair stylist (uncredited)

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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William Kissell ... assistant director (uncredited)

Sound Department

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Robert B. Lee ... sound

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Eugene Joseff ... costume jeweller (uncredited)

Music Department

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Leo F. Forbstein ... musical director
Leonid Raab ... orchestral arrangements
Paul Dessau ... composer: additional music (uncredited)

Other crew

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James Leicester ... montages
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Production Companies

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  • Warner Bros. (presents) (A Warner Bros.-First National Picture)

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Plot Summary

It's 1914 in New York City. Adult brother and sister Trippy Trellis and Fanny Trellis, whose parents are now deceased, were once wealthy, but Trippy squandered away the family fortune, about which no one knows except their cousin George Trellis and their many creditors. Fanny and Trippy still put on the façade to the outside world that they have money. The beautiful Fanny can have any man that she wants to marry, but she sets her sights on Job Skeffington, the son of Russian-Jewish immigrants. Job's wealth was self-made in finance. They met as Trippy was once employed by Job in his brokerage house. Fanny and Job, who is now aware of the Trellis' financial straits, ultimately do get married, much to the consternation of Fanny's many suitors, but most specifically to Trippy, who knows the reason why Fanny married him. Job also realizes that Fanny does not love him, but is unaware of the real reason she agreed to marry him. After their marriage, Fanny's suitors are still around with more joining the ranks, which Job does not mind as he is aware that Fanny is not leading them on. But when the reason for Fanny marrying Job no longer exists, their relationship changes. They have to figure out what to do, which now takes into consideration their daughter, also named Fanny. As time goes on, they grow into middle age and Fanny's physical beauty deteriorates, Fanny comes to the realization of what is really important in life. Written by Huggo

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Also Known As
  • Femme aimée est toujours jolie (France)
  • Das Leben der Mrs. Skeffington (Germany)
  • El señor Skeffington (Spain)
  • 史格芬顿先生 (China, Mandarin title)
  • A Vaidosa (Portugal)
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  • 146 min
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Trivia Bette Davis said that Claude Rains was her favorite male co-star. See more »
Goofs As a measure of the progression of time, a newspaper headline flashes President Warren G. Harding's Washington Disarmament Conference of 1921-22, and stock footage shows the U.S. Capitol Dome with 1940s-era taxicabs pouring up Pennsylvania Avenue. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in Hollywood: The Great Stars (1963). See more »
Soundtracks Moonlight Bay See more »
Quotes Job Skeffington: A woman is beautiful when she's loved, and only then.
Fanny Trellis Skeffington: Nonsense. A woman is beautiful when she has eight hours' sleep and goes to the beauty parlor every day. And bone structure has a lot to do with it too.
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