Judith Traherne (Bette Davis) is a self-absorbed socialite who dabbles in horses. When a surgeon (George Brent) discovers she has inoperable cancer, he opts not to tell her. Judith and the doctor fall in love and plan to marry, but his secret weighs heavily on his heart.
This movie was a huge hit in 1939 and became the basis for countless clichéd, dying-but-brave-heroine stories. Davis is excellent as she evolves from snooty brat to sensitive wife and oozes screen charisma. The same cannot be said, unfortunately, for her costars: Brent is dull and lifeless and the two share no romantic chemistry, Humphrey Bogart is miscast as a humble, Irish stableman, and a boyish Ronald Reagan looks out of place as a rich playboy.
Courage in the face of impending doom is a heart-tugging theme and Bette is superb, but the script is firmly set in the thirties with overly-melodramatic acting and music. 3.5 stars.