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Bette Davis soars in this superb, soapy starring vehicle, chauffeur-driven by director Edmund Goulding (THE GREAT LIE, GRAND HOTEL). A flighty, energetic socialite with a passion for champagne and country living, Judith (Davis) won't admit there's something wrong with her vision until she almost dies in a horse jumping accident. When a handsome doctor (George Brent) examines her, he discovers a rare and incurable brain disease. They fall in love and get married, determined to make every last moment count, aware that she might pass on at any time. A batch of familiar faces helps make these last few months as happy as possible: Geraldine Fitzgerald, terrific as Judith's friend and secretary; Humphrey Bogart, sporting an occasional Irish brogue as a horse trainer; and Ronald Reagan, slurring up a storm as Judith's boozy pal. Although the men acquit themselves nicely, the film belongs to the women, and Davis and Fitzgerald are both first-rate in this typically tough and lovely Warner Brothers tear-jerker.

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  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Rating: Not Rated
  • Film Country: USA
  • UPC: 012569675377

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Genre:Dramas
Format:DVD

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Created: 12/19/07

Another Bette Davis Triumph!

Review For: Dark Victory (DVD, 2005)

This is one of those 1939 movies that made that year the Golden Year of Movies. Along with "Gone With The Wind", "The Wizard of Oz", "Stagecoach", "Rebecca," and "Goodbye, Mr. Chips," this movie was a sure winner of many Oscars had the field not been so crowded. Nominated for Best Actress, Bette Davis gives a virtuoso performance in a movie that Warner Brothers did not want to make.

Judith Traherne (Bette Davis) has it all in the beginning. She owns a ranch in New York, has a championship horse in a stable run by Michael O'Leary (Humphrey Bogart), has a secretary who is also her best friend Ann King (Geraldine Fitzgerald), and finally has a sort-of beau Alec (Ronald Reagan). The weird thing is that she is having daily headaches and sometimes sees double. So after a riding accident, she goes to Dr. Frederick Steele (George Brent), who discovers the malignant brain tumor. They operate and remove the tumor, but all doctors agree that the tumor will come back. Dr. Steele and Ann keep it a secret for a long time, but when Judith accidentally discovers the truth, all hell breaks out--Bette Davis style.

Actually, Judith Traherne is a nice role for Bette Davis, who doesn't mind playing evil, ugly, old, or manipulating characters. The movie is about her growth from the feeling of being cheated by her illness to acceptance of it and actually looking at the bright side of dying. That is her Dark Victory.

In her biography, Bette lists George Brent as one of her favorite leading men. He certainly contributes to making this movie a real tearjerker.

In addition to a Best Actress nomination, this movie was also nominated for Best Picture and packed them in at the theatres. We are still watching this movie and are amazed at the performances.

It's ironic that Jack Warner commented before the movie was begun, "Who wants to see a dame go blind?" Evidently, many of us still do.

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Created: 07/18/08

1939 Oscar Nominee Best Actress Bette Davis & Bogie

Since I've already reviewed the title film, "Dark Victory," in its VHS format, my aim in providing this critique is to examine the special features on the 2005 DVD version.

The DVD special features include:
1. "New Digital Transfer from Restored Picture and Audio Elements"
2. "Commentary by Film Historian James Ursini and CNN Film Critic Paul Clinton"
3. New Featurette 1939: Tough Competition for 'Dark Victory'"
4. The original "Theatrical Trailer."

It is frankly fascinating to contrast the digital transfer with the VHS original. Although, being a historical film critiquer, I must admit that I like seeing and hearing the old flaws without video and audio restorations. They add that antique character quality to the film.

The running commentaries by Ursini and Clinton are interesting even though I don't necessarily agree with their analyses. To have only men critiquing what is perhaps one of Bette Davis' best performed film that appeals so much to her women following, seems lacking in such women's insights. Men cannot say what women found so magnificent about "Dark Victory." Only women can critique this film from a woman's perspective. Sorry guys, but that's true. Much as some men who like to believe they can and do completely relate to women's experiences, feelings, and their processes, there is no way for them to do as such. Therefore, I long for women film historians to step forward to present their critiques. Then, I ask, would women's critiques be included with updated DVD versions or suppressed?

Undoubtedly, 1939 was a historical year in American film making. See my review of the VHS: "The Vintage Year: 1939". The competition for awards for the numerous great performances and great films was the fiercest it's ever been in US film history. Thus, the short examination of why that was so adds an informative feature to this DVD version of "Dark Victory."

Enjoy the original theatrical trailer!

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Created: 09/03/09

Dark Victory

Review For: Dark Victory (DVD, 2005)

A true classic that came out in one of Hollywoods if not Hollywoods greatest year. What really builds this films hype was the stupendess performance by Bette Davis. A great act on her behalf to say the least. Also interesting is the casting (Humphrey Bogart and Ronald Regean to name a few). Highly recommend it!!!

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Created: 01/08/08

classic!

Review For: Dark Victory (DVD, 2005)

Classic Bette Davis in one her best roles as a socialite coping with a dangerous brain tumor. A must see!

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Created: 10/02/08

"They" don't make movies like this anymore.

Review For: Dark Victory (DVD, 2005)

Another Bette Davis prize performance. This is a real tear jerker and who doesn't need a good cry from time-to-time. If you are a Davis fan--this has to be one of the movies to own.

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