In This Our Life (1942)

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The day before her wedding, a pampered young woman absconds with her sister's husband; in retaliation, her sister begins seeing the woman's former fiancé.


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  • Bette Davis and Charles Coburn in In This Our Life (1942)
  • Bette Davis and Olivia de Havilland in In This Our Life (1942)
  • Bette Davis and Olivia de Havilland in In This Our Life (1942)
  • Bette Davis and Lee Patrick in In This Our Life (1942)
  • Bette Davis, Olivia de Havilland, George Brent, and Dennis Morgan in In This Our Life (1942)
  • Bette Davis in The Old Maid (1939)

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31 March 2001 | Doylenf
Even John Huston Couldn't Tame Bette Davis...
When John Huston was assigned to 'In This Our Life' he met his match in Bette Davis. "I let the Demon go," he is quoted as saying--but alas, most reviewers agreed that he let it go too far. Davis overacts her wildly overwritten role--her most "over the top" performance during the early '40s on the same level with 'Beyond the Forest' ('49). Fortunately, the others in the cast play with restraint and dignity--Olivia de Havilland gives a warm, womanly and easy performance as the good sister; George Brent is sincere as the lawyer Davis throws herself at; Dennis Morgan is earnest in a brief role as de Havilland's husband; Frank Craven and Billie Burke are fine in supporting roles and Earnest Anderson plays the intelligent black youth with dignity and respect. But against Davis, who uses no subtlety in approaching her role, they might just as well be part of the scenery. Still, the film is enjoyable as "camp melodrama" not to be taken seriously--although it has a few interesting points that are somewhat blurred by the script's unwillingness to delve deeply enough into the characters. Author Ellen Glasgow, who won a Pulitzer Prize for the novel, was aghast at what the filmmakers did to her novel and distressed at Bette Davis' overwrought performance. She exchanged a few sharp words with Davis on the matter of "overacting" -- no wonder!! You have to see this one to believe it.

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