- Period Converted Farmhouse, £1,400 a month
- Classic Car from the 50s, £200 a month
- State Of The Art Laptop, £175 a month
- Mobile Phone, £30 a month
- Bette Davis as Frances Beatrice 'Fanny' Trellis Skeffington
- Claude Rains as Job Skeffington
- Walter Abel as George Trellis, Fanny's cousin
- Richard Waring as Trippy Trellis, Fanny's brother
- Marjorie Riordan as Fanny Rachel Trellis, Fanny and Job's daughter as an adult
- Robert Shayne as MacMahon, a local gangster
- John Alexander as Jim Conderley, one of Fanny's four persistent suitors
- Jerome Cowan as Edward Morrison, one of Fanny's four persistent suitors
- Peter Whitney as Chester Forbish, one of Fanny's four persistent suitors
- Bill Kennedy as Bill Thatcher, one of Fanny's four persistent suitors
- Johnny Mitchell as Johnny Mitchell, a younger suitor of Fanny's who later marries her daughter. Born Douglas N. Lamy, this actor changed his name to that of his character.
- George Coulouris as Doctor Byles
- Dorothy Peterson as Manby, Fanny's housekeeper
|"Would you mind moving your chin an inch to the left, George, Manby spent an hour on these curls!"|
HUGE, MASSIVE PLOT SPOILER (SCROLL DOWN IF YOU WANT TO SAVE IT AS A SURPRISE!)
Job comes back to her at the end of WWII after being in a concentration camp. When she finds out that he is blind, she developes a special affection for him, and they live happily ever after.
This film is like a Sunset Boulevard 5 years ahead of its time. Bette's make-up just screames Baby Jane Hudson from Whatever Happened To Baby Jane?. The only problem I have with her performance is that, no matter how beautiful she is in her own way, you don't really believe that there would be 20 men surrounding her on a porch (this happens in one scene!). She does her best to make a ridiculous character come to life, and it works. I have to say, the better performance comes from Claude Rains, who makes me cry. It is very well written and scored. Bette's performance sort of reminds me of Meryl Streep at her best (I am not a hardcore Streep fan), and the whole soprano speaking voice and blinking of the eyes reminds me of her in Julie and Julia. I know that Bette really loved Meryl Streep, and sent her a letter saying that she was very proud of her, and that she hopes that they might work together some time. Meryl, a woman after my own heart, is a Bette Davis fanatic, and was more than chuffed, and said on her Turner Classic Movies tribute to Miss Davis said "As far as I was concerened, she had been working with me ever since I was a little girl. She had been building my confidence and inspiring me as long as I can remember." Or something like that anyway. If I used a rating system, this film would get 3 out of 5 stars.
Before I leave you, I just have to marvel a while at Bette's hair. It is all straight and then PHUFF! Grrrr. I wish I had the determination to sleep in rollers like she did.
|Notice she even smokes whilst in a phone booth.|