To commemorate Bette Davis' 100th birthday, this 6-disc collection from Warner Brothers features some of her best films, including:
- In This Our Life:
The tale of two sisters, Stanley (Bette Davis) and Roy (Olivia de Havilland) Timberlake. When Stanley runs off with Roy's husband, she soon drives him to suicide. Upon her return home she finds that Roy has fallen in love with her ex-fiancé, Craig. Stanley, being a selfish and jealous woman, tries to get Craig back which leads to a climatic conflict.
- The Old Maid:
Based on an Edith Wharton novel and Pulitzer Prize-winning play, The Old Maid tells the sad story of Charlotte, a woman whose circumstances force her to give up her illegitimate child and pose as the child’s "old maid" aunt, thereby facing a lifetime of maternal sacrifice. As Charlotte, Bette Davis gives one of her most nuanced performances, aging from wide-eyed girl to gray-haired martinet. Miriam Hopkins provides effective counterbalance with her portrayal of Charlotte’s effusive cousin, who raises the little girl.
- All This And Heaven Too:
The film tells the story of a governess, Henriette Deluzy-Desportes (Bette Davis) who is accused of having an affair with her employer, the Duc de Praslin (Charles Boyer), and who is then accused of complicity in the murder of his wife, the Duchesse de Praslin (Barbara O'Neil).
- The Great Lie:
Tempestuous, ambitious concert pianist Sandra Kovac (Mary Astor) shares a bond with down-to-earth Maggie Van Allen (Bette Davis) and her little boy Pete. Sandra’s chic New York friends can’t imagine what the two women have in common. What they don’t know is that Pete is actually Sandra’s son – and the son of the heroic aviator (George Brent) that both women love.
- Watch On The Rhine:
An adaptation of Lillian Hellman's play, Bette Davis and Paul Lukas are German anti-Nazi underground leaders who flee the country, only to be pursued to the U.S. by Nazi agents.
The three stars (Bette Davis, Paul Henreid, Claude Rains) and director (Irving Rapper) of Now Voyager reunite for this glamorous, angst-ridden melodrama. Based on Louis Verneuil’s 1928 play Jealousy, the film tells the story of pianist Christine Radcliffe separated from her great love, cellist Karel Novak by World War II. Unexpectedly reunited with him, Christine desperately strives to hide her wartime dalliance as the mistress of a wealthy, sadistic composer (Rains), with devastating results.
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In This Our Life
Wed, 26 Jun 2013 | Review by: Micky B
Although this was only director John Houston 's second picture, I must confess to thave <i>thoroughly enjoy it</i> – even though the cast would be appreciated far more by our parents than by the majority of today's cinema audiences! For example, how many of today's moviegoers would now remember the names of Bette Davis; Olivia de Havilland; George Brent; Dennis Morgan; Frank Craven; Billy Burke; Charles Coburn, and Hattie McDaniel?
Story: In Richmond, Virginia, Asa (Frank Craven) and Lavinia (Billie Burke) (Fitzroy) Timberlake gave their two daughters male names: Roy (Olivia de Havilland) and Stanley (Bette Davis). The movie opens with the young women as adults. Asa Timberlake has recently lost his piece of a tobacco company to his former partner William Fitzroy (Charles Coburn), his wife's brother. Roy, a successful interior decorator, is married to Dr. Peter Kingsmill (Dennis Morgan). Stanley Timberlake is engaged to attorney Craig Fleming (George Brent). The night before her wedding, Stanley runs off with her sister's husband Peter..so a you can imagins, this lays the foundation to a virtual “soapie!” Note that even back in the days when the picture was made, Warner Bros simply <i>had</i> to include the final-reel car chase that has become so much a part of today's movies! As I've said: I enjoyed this one – although some of it blatantly dwells on rachial prejudice. But remember that Hattie McDaniel was the first person of colour ever to win an Oscar (for her performance in “Gone With The Wind!”)
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