Director: Edmund Goulding
Writers: Casey Robinson (screen play), George Emerson Brewer Jr. (from the play by)
Stars: Bette Davis, George Brent, Humphrey Bogart
Release Date: April 22, 1939
A young socialite is diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumour, and must decide whether she’ll meet her final days with dignity.
Bette Davis is my favorite actress and Dark Victory is one of my favorite movies. Although I might not have made this statement if Bette hadn’t pestered Warner Bros to buy the rights to Dark Victory; Jack Warner skeptically broke down, commenting “Who wants to see a dame go blind?” When Dark Victory became a box office success, he ate his words.
In Dark Victory, Bette Davis plays Judith Traherne who begins having frequent “hang-overs” eventually leading her to brain surgeon Fredrick Steele (George Brent) who operates at alarming speed removing a tumor; although she is still going to die. Doctor Steele makes the executive decision not to disclose this and lets Judith go on her merry way. Later though, (and after she discovers she is a ticking time bomb) they marry, to death do they part.
Although… I myself had brain surgery and even though this is one of my favorite movies I usually end up yelling at the screen because of its inaccuracies. Besides Bette Davis having a cigarette moments before surgery (oh the good old days) my biggest problem was her hair growth.
|cap is covering supposed “bald spot”|
|In six months I had a buzz cut. What is her secret?|