90 Days of Oscar Nominees #29 – Dark Victory (1939)


In my attempt to have a more prolific repertoire of Oscar Nominated Films, I have taken it upon myself to watch 90 new Best Picture Nominees that I’ve never seen before between 5 Dec 2017 and The 90th Annual Oscars on 4 Mar 2018.

Here is my 29th review of the 90 chosen Films…

“I think I’ll have a large order of prognosis negative!. ” – Judy

Number of Times Seen – 1 (1 Jan 2018)

Brief Synopsis – A socialite experiencing dizzy spells finds out she has a brain tumor and must decide what to do.

My Take on it – I’ve never been the biggest fan of Bette Davis, but the more and more films of hers that I get to see, the more she grows on me.

She was really fascinating in this film because she was able to make me believe that her character was truly debating the kinds of decisions that she needed to make when constantly faced with conflicting options.

The story itself works quite well and they give us a really intriguing perspective on the kind of situation that they depict here.

The film does a wonderful job balancing between the medical and social aspects of the story and keep both of them interesting the whole way through yet also stay believable.

The premise itself is a timeless one and one could easily transport it to the present day and not much would really need to changed.

This helps make it even more fascinating to watch.

Bottom Line – Davis is great in this role because we can feel her debating her options the whole time. The story works really well and gives us a an intriguing look at this kind of situation.  They balance the medical and social aspects of the story nice and accurately and it is easy to believe much of what happens here.  This film’s premise is quite timeless and could be applied to a modern story also which helps make it even more fascinating to watch. Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Bette Davis pestered Warner Brothers to buy the rights to the story, thinking it a great vehicle for her. WB studio chief Jack L. Warner fought against it, arguing that no one wanted to see someone go blind. Of course, the film went on to become one of the studio’s biggest successes of that year. (From IMDB)

Rating – Globe Worthy

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