Dangerous (1935)

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An alcoholic actress who is considered a dangerous jinx is rehabilitated, but she then shows that she's as dangerous as ever.


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25 October 2007 | summerfields
| Bette Shines in a Corny Melo
Davis is really the only reason to watch this rather mawkish melodrama. The character she plays - Joyce Heath - was possibly modeled on twenties stage sensation Jeanne Eagels. Davis was noted for her electric, kinetic energy by a reviewer of the day who claimed that she would probably have been "burned as a witch" had she lived 300 years priorly.

Bette is particularly fine in the middle of the film, while playing cards with Don Bellows (Franchot Tone) and eating homemade candy; together, they are wonderfully believable and have an interesting chemistry. Notice Alison Skipworth speaking to Tone about women like Davis - who are - in her opinion - indeed dangerous.

It has been said that Bette was infatuated with Tone during the making of this epic and Joan of Crawford shrugged "Oh, I'm afraid that coarse little thing hasn't a chance with my Franchot" The cottage Bellows brings Joyce to in the country is really exquisite; I would like to live in such a place all the time! After about seven different titles, it was Davis who chose "Dangerous"

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When Don explained to Joyce that Maenads were mythical women who got carried away by their wild madness that they danced themselves over a cliff to destruction. This turned out to be a premonition when later on Joyce with her husband worked herself into a frenzy and at a high speed purposely crashed the car she was driving into a tree.


Joyce Heath: You blame me for what happened. I knew you would. That's why you didn't come.
Don Bellows: Yes, I blame you.
Joyce Heath: Oh, don't say that, Don. Don't. It's a jinx. I warned you. I can't help it. I can't!
Don Bellows: You mean you can't help being rotten and selfish. You'd do anything to ...


When Joyce arrives at the hospital to visit her husband, it cuts to a close-up of a plaque reading "Mercy Hospital". She then looks up and sees her husband on a hospital bed looking out a window decorated with curtains. The film then goes to a long shot of the building as she climbs the stairs but there is no indication that this is a hospital other than the isolated shot of the plaque. It looks completely abandoned. There are no other people around including Doctors, nurses, visitors, and patients. There are no vehicles including ambulances, and the window of her husband's room is the only one with curtains. Additionally, the long set of stairs is not practical for loading and dropping off patients. Perhaps the director meant the scene to be a metaphor as to the challenges facing Joyce but if so then it fell flat in that regard also.


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