|Leading Role:||Bette Davis, Claude Rains, Richard Waring, Walter Abel, George Coulouris, Margorie Riordan|
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It's the 1920's, in New York, when Fanny Trellis (Bette Davis) marries into a loveless marriage--to one of many gentlemen friends of hers, Job Skeffington (Claude Rains), an older, well-off, Jewish banker. Why would the most beautiful, seductive & most sought after lady in town do such a thing? To rescue her little brother, Trippy (Richard Waring), from an embezzlement trial. Yes, for Mr. Skeffington's money; but, not for herself.
While she's married, the flamboyant & beautiful seducer of many men suitors is proposed to over & over again. There's no secrecy about it as, one by one, man after man leaves Fanny's upstairs bedroom frustrated & dejected after proposing to the married woman & being repeatedly denied. As Mr. Skeffington shows each of them in & out of his (& her) home's front door, sometimes even drinking with them while they wait in line to propose to his gorgeous wife, he shows remarkable restraint, the utmost patience & total self-confidence. This is Claude Rains, the consummate gentleman.
Because of Fanny's seductive beauty power & the scenes with male suitors who keep calling upon her after she's married, the movie is a melo-comedy. Subtly so. However, towards the end, as age & illness become central elements in the Skeffington's marriage, you'll learn why it's also a fabulous romance perfectly portrayed by Davis & Rains: a tear-jerker. Rains is one of the few actors from whom Davis couldn't steal the show! He held his own in "Now, Voyager" (1942) as Dr. Jaquith, the instrumental clever psychiatrist who brought the immortalized Charlotte Vale (Bette Davis) out of her (s)mothered shell. As Mr. Skeffington, Claude Rains holds his own lead quite admirably well & for it was nominated to receive the 1945 Oscar as Best Supporting Actor. Davis & Rains make quite a marvelous on screen pair. Both of their voices, accents & speech patterns are classy & mesmerizing in this movie.
Bette was one of only a handful of Hollywood actors who made any project better just because she appeared in it. And when she had a good story? Well, there was just no stopping her. Mr. Skeffington is one of her best. Here Bette pays the beautiful but flighty Fanny Skeffington who doesn't realize that beauty is fleeting but character lasts a lifetime. She only starts to learn this lesson when she loses her beauty, and thus her friends. But the story does have a happy ending when she finally learns what her ex-husband had been telling her all along. The movie tells us that we need to develop what's inside because that's all that really lasts, and that's what will make you happy when everything else is just a memory. This is a great Bette Davis movie. It's a movie for everyone, especially anyone who thinks that youth and beauty are always going to be there. Teens, do you hear me?
I have seen it at least,3 times. It is a great story and Bette Davis is at her best as Fannie. Claude Rains is always terrific. One of their best movies together.I bought it because it is one I have wanted for a long time.
I enjoy watching anything with Bette Davis. Her performance in this movie was excellent. I especially enjoyed the ending when Mr. Skeffington finally goes back home.
Would recomend to everyone. A true classic and must see for all ages! Mrs. Skeffington is a truly vain woman who lives for herself alone. This movies is not action packed but it will keep your attention. there is a moral value to this story and it comes through very clearly