Dark Victory (Warner 1939, Bette Davis, Humphrey Bogart)

Dark Victory

Dark Victory features one of the roles most identified with Bette Davis, she shows her quicksilver ability to change emotional tempo from flighty high-handedness to despair to brave resignation. As a beautiful, effervescent social butterfly she leads a carefree life until she learns she has a fatal brain tumor. Given a respite by the healing hands of her handsome young doctor, she falls in love with both him and life itself.

The character of Judith Traherne was played on stage by Tallulah Bankhead in the short-lived production of the play by George Emmerson Brewer Jr. and Bertram Bloch.

Dark Victory

The movie was remade in 1963 as Stolen Hours and there was also a 1975 TV Movie version.

Cast: Bette Davis, George Brent, Humphrey Bogart, Ronald Reagan, Geraldine Fitzgerald, Henry Travers, Cora Witherspoon, Dorothy Peterson

Director: Edmund Goulding
Producer: David Lewis
Director of Photography: Ernest Haller
Editor: William Holmes
Composer: Max Steiner
Screenwriter: Casey Robinson
Production Designer: Robert M. Haas

USA / Warner Bros. / 106 minutes / 1939

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