|Dark Victory (VHS, 1990) Mint Cond., Bette Davis|
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|Leading Role:||Bette Davis, George Brent, Humphrey Bogart, Geraldine Fitzgerald|
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"Dark Victory" (1939) is a highly emotional roller-coaster ride of a motion picture that's loaded with great actors including: Humphrey Bogart, Geraldine Fitzgerald, George Brent & Cora Witherspoon. Bette Davis characterizes a noble contemporary heiress, Judith Traherne, who is so full of life, known to throw marvelous parties for hosts of friends & really enjoys life. That is, until she begins having headaches, double vision & dizzy spells.
Davis under-plays the drama of the central feature of this film: Traherne's illness. Dr. Frederick Steele (George Brent) is perfectly cast as the medical expert who refrains from closing his office in order to diagnose & treat Traherne. Ann King (Geraldine Fitzgerald) is Traherne's dearest friend. Their relationship is so emotionally intense towards the end that it lends to a near bisexual quality.
Dr. Steele finds an inoperable brain tumor in Traherne. After surgery she falls in love with Steele. However, Steele hides the truth from Traherne & when she finds it out, she feels betrayed. Meanwhile, Traherne's horse trainer, Michael O'Leary (Humphrey Bogart), is in love with her. As Traherne falls into spells of drunken depression, O'Leary makes a remarkable impression upon Traherne when he advises her to take as much out of life as she can. Even so, she marries Dr. Steele, who is bent upon finding the cure for her illness. After Steele goes to a New York medical conference, Traherne's dimming eyesight reveals to her & King that she is dying. Recalling O'Leary's advice, she surprises everyone and takes it--with him. Bogie is her man in the show that demonstrates it's one of his & Davis' greatest timeless tear-jerking box office hits, as well as a classic.
Davis & Bogart star together in several sensational films. They were quite a balanced team though Davis lived to make over 80 more films than Bogart. Both smoked & died of cancer. Have to wonder how much more each one of them would have achieved if they hadn't smoked cigarettes.
I'm a fan of Bette Davis and this was such a great movie. If you've studied her famous gestures, especially in period dress, you will really notice that this is part of her "persona". I bought this movie because I'm a vintage movie fan and enjoy these classics.