Studio head jack Warner did not want to make 'Dark Victory', predicting that no audience would want to see "a story of a girl who dies". But Bette Davis changed his mind, and won her third Oscar nomination!
As Judy Traherne, the fast-moving Long Island socialite whose world skids to a stop when she discovers she has less than a year to live, Davis is thoroughly captivating. She progresses from belligerent drunken despair to exhilaration - determined to live her remaining months, in the words of her doctor/lover (George Brent), "beautifully and finely".
Geraldine Fitzgerald is her friend and sanctuary, Humphrey Bogart speaks with a brogue as her Irish horse trainer, and Ronald Reagan plays her high-living, heavy-drinking suitor. But it is Davis' beautifully compelling performance that drives the film. Reviews hailed it as her finest achievement. "Judy Traherne," Davis revealed, "is what I'm like: She was 98% me".
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A Real Tear Jerker
Posted by Play.com Reviewer, 13/02/2011 14:31:57
Dark Victory is a 1939 film drama starring the wonderful Bette Davis.
Judith Traherne (Bette Davis) is a socialite/heiress with a passion for life in the fast lane with too much smoking and drinking. One day she takes a fall while riding her horse, and later tumbles down a flight of stairs, her secretary and best friend Ann King (Geraldine Fitzgerald) insists she sees a doctor, who refers her to a specialist.
Dr. Frederick Steele (George Brent) reluctantly agrees to see Judith, who is cold and openly antagonistic toward him. Steele convinces her the ailments she is experiencing are serious and potentially life-threatening. And so the drama unfolds and the film is a real tear jerker. Bette Davis reported that it was one of her favorite films. A film from Hollywoods golden age.
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