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Dark Victory (1939): Articles


Bette Davis Eyes Are Watching You Tonight

Bette Davis' eyes keep 'Watch on the Rhine' Bette Davis' eyes are watching everything and everyone on Turner Classic Movies this evening, as TCM continues with its “Summer Under the Stars” film series: today, August 14, 2013, belongs to two-time Oscar winner Bette Davis' eyes, cigarettes, and clipped tones. Right now, TCM is showing the Herman Shumlin-directed Watch on the Rhine (1943), an earnest – too much so, in fact – melodrama featuring Nazis, anti-Nazis, and lofty political speeches. (See “Bette Davis Movies: TCM schedule.”) As a prestigious and timely Warner Bros. release, Watch on the Rhine was nominated for a Best Picture Academy Award and earned Paul Lukas the year's Best Actor Oscar. Bette Davis has a subordinate role […]


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Bette Davis Eyes Are Watching You Tonight



Bette Davis 'Dark Victory' Screening: Classic Tearjerker

The Bette Davis vehicle and 1939 Best Picture nominee Dark Victory will be screened as the next feature in the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' series “Hollywood's Greatest Year: The Best Picture Nominees of 1939” on Monday, June 15, at 7:30 p.m. at the Academy's Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills. Beginning at 7 p.m., the feature will be preceded by the fifth chapter of the 1939 serial Buck Rogers, starring Buster Crabbe and Constance Moore, and the Warner Bros. cartoon Dangerous Dan McFoo, directed by Tex Avery. Adapted by Casey Robinson from a play by George Emerson Brewer Jr. and Bertram Bloch, Dark Victory is one of Bette Davis' numerous tearjerkers of the period – That Certain […]


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Bette Davis 'Dark Victory' Screening: Classic Tearjerker



Edmund Goulding: Renowned Filmmaker with Controversial Private Life - Q&A with Biographer Matthew Kennedy

Edmund Goulding directs a young Joan Crawford in the MGM melodrama Sally, Irene and Mary (1925) at the beginning of their, respectively, directorial and acting careers. Photo: Matthew Kennedy Collection.   Even though the Academy Award-winning Grand Hotel (1932), the Bette Davis weepie Dark Victory (1939), and the Academy Award-nominated The Razor's Edge (1946) are still well remembered, the man who directed them has generally been ignored by film historians – and is all but forgotten by both film audiences and film critics. The two chief problems with the English-born Edmund Goulding (1891-1959) – those that make him “irrelevant” to most film historians (and therefore to film audiences and critics) – are the following: Much like Jack Conway, W.S. Van […]


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Edmund Goulding: Renowned Filmmaker with Controversial Private Life - Q&A with Biographer Matthew Kennedy