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need a title for Bette Davis film

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I always see this clip with Bette but I always wondered what movie it was.... It's where she walks out of a house shooting a man, and keeps shooting him while walking down the porch stairs. (it's in the "Stardust" promo on this website)

 

If anyone can name this movie it would be great, but if you know it just give the name please don't give away any of the plot, thanks.

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Okay everyone...let's say it in unison:

 

" T H E L E T T E R " One of the greatest testimonies to why Bette Davis was Queen of motion pictures throughout the forties.

 

"The Letter" Bette Davis, Herbert Marshall, Gale Sondergaard etc.

 

See the film, tell us wha'cha think in one of the other threads. (There was a thread about Joan Crawford vs. Bette Davis). Quite lively!

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Frankly, I think it's one of the greatest testimonies as to why William Wyler was one of the greatest directors to ever work in film.

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I second your testification. (Wyler WAS perfect! Look who he had to work with.)

 

Yeah, that's right...I made up the word.

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Thanks, I can't wait to see it, I guess the answer was pretty obvious, I feel kind of dumb now.

She fully deserved to be known as the "Queen of the Movies" I saw Dark Victory today for the first time, and Bette was amazing in it! And I think the Bette vs. Joan thread that you were talking about was the one I started :P

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As Cary Grant would say "Judy! Judy! Judy!!" Do NOT feel dumb (let's save that for the shell-shocked vets on the Jane Fonda thread in General Discussion. Whew! It's heated over there. Moreso than the Bette vs. Joan thread you started. P.S. How did you start that thread and NOT know "The Letter." 'Jes askin' just asking?? ;-)

 

If you didn't know, you didn't know. No one'll hold that against ya.

 

"Dark Victory" WAS great wasn't it? LOVED Geraldine Fitzgerald in it, though many say Bogart was mis-cast. I've heard in a Davis interview that she did NOT want music to follow her up the stairs when she was going to go to her bedroom to die. (Too maudlin & she's a no-nonsense Yankee). She did NOT want Max Steiner's music to follow her. She said either she goes up withOUT the music or Steiner's music goes UP withOUT her. Look at the movie again to see WHO won.

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I started the Bette vs. Joan thread after watching Bette in All About Eve, Jezebel, Of Human Bondage, Now, Voyager, and Whatever Happened to Baby Jane. Seeing all those made me want to see other Bette Davis movies...which lead to my question :P

 

And I taped Dark Victory because I knew I was going to like it, and I will go back and see who won...

 

P.S How about The Little Foxes, have you seen that? I heard she was good in it...

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What makes Bette one of the great ones Judy (IMHO), is that she is not afraid to play unlikeable characters. Regina in "The Little Foxes" is one of those. I mainly watch the film for (my favorite) Teresa Wright. But Bette is magnificent. You don't wanna be around her if you're sick. Yikes!

 

"Fasten your seatbelts, it's going to be a bumpy night!"

 

"After I used to let you kiss me, I used to wipe my mouth. Wipe my mouth!!"

 

"Don't let's ask for the moon [when] we have the stars."

 

"But'cha are Blanche. Ya ARE in that chair!"

 

And of course the red dress of "Jezebel." You've made a good start with Bette, Judy.

 

Now you've got to keep it going with: "In This Our Life" "Hush, Hush Sweet Charlotte" "The Great Lie" and "Marked Woman" which has one of the great lines: "If I find out anything has happened to my sister...I'll get you. Even if I have to come back from the grave to do it!"

 

Chilling.

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I have Marked Woman, I was just listing the Bette movies I had seen before making the thread. And Bette was great in Marked Woman, she played such a strong character who was even brave enough to go against the mob!

 

Bette was also great because she wasn't worried about being glamorous, she just really wanted to look and be the part. For instance in Marked Woman she went to the doctor so the bandages on her face would look more convincing and real. And when she played Queen Elizabeth she had some of her hair shaved off so she could acheive more of a balding look.

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I've heard that story about her make up in "Marked Woman." And today, who wants to look unglamorous. Go on. Ya can count 'em on one finger I suspect.

 

Glad you're a fan.

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So I re-watched the stairs scene in Dark Victory, and as she went up the stairs music was playing (very softly though). So I guess Steiner won, but that's not what I expected :P

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Holy crap!!! I remembered it wrong Judy. Are ya sure? My memory is that Bette takes a step, the camera cuts to the maid watching and the next cut...Davis (Judith Traherne) is already at the top of the steps. I thought Bette won. Sorry to have made yo go through the film again. (Did I recall it wrong?)

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Oh maybe I described it wrong, well the whole time she's around the stairs there is music, there's two flights of stairs, a little one then a landing then another set. She walks up the first one (music playing), says goodbye to her dogs on the landing, and then they show her at the top of the next flight of stairs walking into her room. So they don't actually show her walking up the second flight.

 

So I'm confused, does this mean she won? I'm really sorry if I explained it wrong before!!

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