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Dark Victory (DVD)
Critic Pauline Kael called this shamelessly enjoyable, vintage Bette Davis weepie a "kitsch classic," and time hasn't diminished its ability to give the tear ducts a good flushing. Davis plays a swinging socialite, living the fast life of booze, smokes, and--with the help of Humphrey Bogart as her Irish stableman--raising thoroughbred horses. When a brain tumor starts giving her headaches and eroding her vision, she falls in love with her surgeon (George Brent), who grows more determined than ever to cure her. Davis gives one of her most vibrant performances, and her costars also include Ronald Reagan and Geraldine Fitzgerald. The film received Oscar nominations for best picture, best actress, and for Max Steiner's score. --Jim Emerson --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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. Read morePublished on Oct. 15 2010 by Kona
When you see grade z movies being issued with beautiful transfers and 1 to 2 extra discs of extras, you would think one of the great screen classics would receive similar respect. Read morePublished on Feb. 2 2004 by Jery Tillotson
Davis performances don't get any better than her classic portrayal of Judy Traherne, the lively, irresponsible 23 year-old Long Island heiress who finds inner peace before her... Read morePublished on Sept. 26 2002
Bette Davis's career was built on two types of roles: the 'serious' actress of films like THE PETRIFIED FOREST, where she tends to radiate emotion within a tightly focused... Read morePublished on July 23 2002 by Martin Asiner
Bette looks gorgeous and will make you cry and smile. This film is great. I had no idea what all the fuss about her was til I saw this film. Read morePublished on July 11 2002 by Raechel Reiter
This is one movie that plays like a Carol Burnett sketch from start to finish. The climax, where Davis tries to hide her blindness from her husband, had me cramping up from... Read morePublished on March 27 2002
One of my very favorites of Bette's films. When the movie begins she is so self absorbed, as are the people she surrounded herself with. Read morePublished on Oct. 12 2001 by M. Potter
THe title gave me an impression of some type of war movie. Truly Davis's character has adversity that strikes at the core of emotion. Read morePublished on Aug. 27 2001 by John D. Hernandez Jr.