Recommended by Niall of Raging Fluff
(Recommendation #29 of 30)
Number of Times Seen – 1 (28 May 2015)
Brief Synopsis – After a woman spends time in an institution following a nervous breakdown, she tries to get on with her life and try to find true love.
My Take on it – I’m not the biggest fan of old movies and I was a bit apprehensive about seeing this movie, but a promise is a promise, so I watched it. 😉
I was quite surprised at how good it was and how the plot tackles many interesting themes that were not necessarily suitable for ‘public consumption’ at the time.
I haven’t seen many Bette Davis movies, but she was very good here and I could feel her anguish caused by the situations she is thrust into.
My one burning question is how does the title connect to the movie? If anyone out there can explain it to me I’m all ears.
I know it connected to a poem, but that’s it.
Bottom Line – Interesting how a movie from the 40’s was willing and able to bring many situations that ‘were not spoken about openly’at the time. Davis is great here and works well with Henreid and Raines. Recommended!
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – The film is remembered for the scene in which Paul Henreid places two cigarettes in his mouth, lights them and then passes one to Bette Davis. This wasn’t an original idea, a similar exchange occurred ten years earlier between Ruth Chatterton and George Brent in The Rich Are Always with Us (1932), which happens to have Bette Davis in it. Director Rapper subsequently called Henreid “a liar” for claiming he thought of it, and the director pointed out it had been done in a D. W. Griffith film in 1917. (From IMDB)
Rating – Globe Worthy
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