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Beyond the Forest (1949)

Approved | | Drama, Film-Noir, Romance | 21 October 1949 (USA)
Rosa Moline is bored with life in a small town. She loves Chicago industrialist Neil Latimer who has a hunting lodge nearby. Rosa squeezes her husband's patients to pay their bills so she ... See full summary »

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King Vidor
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Bette Davis ... Rosa Moline
Joseph Cotten ... Doctor Louis Moline
David Brian ... Neil Latimer
Ruth Roman ... Carol Lawson
Minor Watson ... Moose Lawson
Dona Drake ... Jenny
Regis Toomey ... Sorren
Sarah Selby Sarah Selby ... Mildred Sorren
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Rosa Moline is bored with life in a small town. She loves Chicago industrialist Neil Latimer who has a hunting lodge nearby. Rosa squeezes her husband's patients to pay their bills so she can visit Chicago; her husband's patience is also tried: he tells her to go and never come back. Once there, Neil tells her he doesn't want her. Back home and pregnant, Neil shows up and now wants her. The caretaker at Neil's lodge threatens to reveal her pregnancy... Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 October 1949 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Rosa Moline See more »

Filming Locations:

Chicago, Illinois, USA See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$1,300,000, 31 December 1949
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Warner Bros. See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

In some parts of the US the scene in which Rosa induces a miscarriage by jumping from an embankment were cut. See more »

Goofs

Near the end, as Rosa prepares to catch the Chicago train, the camera dollies backwards, away from her, and as it does, the equipment bangs into her closet door, causing the clothes hanging on it to sway back-and-forth. See more »

Quotes

Rosa Moline: What makes you think you can play God?
Moose: I'm not playing God exactly... but I'm on his side.
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Crazy Credits

The film begins after the opening credits with this warning title: This is the story of evil. Evil is headstrong - is puffed up. For our souls sake, it is salutory for us to view it in all it's ugly nakedness once in a while. Thus may we know how those who deliver themselves over to it end up like the scorpion, in a mad frenzy stinging themselves to eternal death. See more »

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Featured in All About Bette (1994) See more »

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Chicago
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Music by Fred Fisher (1922)
Heard throughout as part of the background score
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Not camp at all...
1 December 2001 | by Obituary666See all my reviews

...in fact, a deeply disturbing film! What's most disturbing is that back in those days, people were supposed to be shocked and disgusted with the character Rosa Moline, (needless to say, so brilliantly acted by Davis) but today, I'm sure a lot of viewers would sympathise with her desperation to get out of the confines of a dead-end life. From the beginning, we learn of her hatred for life- her husband being a doctor is a sick irony!

If morbid humour is your thing, then you'll love this film. Especially when she says things along the lines of "the only people who are doing a worthwhile job in this town are the undertakers who carry the dead out of here". The only flaw in this film, is the ending. Not enough explanation is given. Give it a try.


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