Mr. Skeffington (1944)

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Popular and beautiful Fanny Trellis is forced into a loveless marriage with an older man, Jewish banker Job Skeffington, in order to save her beloved brother Trippy from an embezzlement charge.




  • Bette Davis in Mr. Skeffington (1944)
  • Bette Davis in Mr. Skeffington (1944)
  • Bette Davis in Mr. Skeffington (1944)
  • Bette Davis and Claude Rains in Mr. Skeffington (1944)
  • Bette Davis in Mr. Skeffington (1944)
  • Bette Davis and Claude Rains in Mr. Skeffington (1944)

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10 November 2004 | nastypuppy
Watching this movie made me grow up. Great movie!
I think this is one of Bette Davis' best roles ever. I have always been the "beautiful one' in my family also, getting all the attention, neglecting (but still loving my child). This movie is timeless, especially today in our youth worshiping society. It should be required watching for all young teenage girls. The moral is: beauty fades but true love lasts forever. A cliché? Sure, but so what! I cry each time I see this film. It hits me close to home, I always secretly wondered if my daughter would be as beautiful if not more beautiful than me. Mr. Skeffington (played by Claude Rains) is too good to be true, no man would tolerate such rejection from his wife. How did she get pregnant? Also, all the men she constantly entertained in their home! Thats something that didn't make sense to me but the good outweighs the bad in this movie. I know Franny Skeffington was shallow, but what about all those around her? Once her youth & beauty had faded, not only did her so-called admirers & friends disappear but they were so cold & callous about it. This movie woke me up like a slap in the face. I make it a point to try not to look in the mirror more than 3 times a day. :) But I used to sleep with a mirror next to my bed just like Franny did. All women thrive on compliments, etc. But I pity Franny not for losing her beauty, but for losing her innocence. How ironic it was for her to get a children's disease in order to grow up. Having to be told by a therapist that she was old & her only hope was to go back to her husband. The ending was truly inspired! Another movie that has a similar message about beauty & love is "The Enchanted Cottage" (1945) All in all this is a realistic portrayal of a selfish, shallow person and it takes one to know one.............

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This film's earliest documented telecasts took place in Los Angeles Tuesday 9 October 1956 on KNXT (Channel 2) and in Albuquerque Thursday 11 October 1956 on KOAT (Channel 7); it first aired in Bloomington IN Friday 9 November 1956 on WTTV (Channel 4), in both Boston and Cincinnati Saturday 8 December 1956 on WBZ (Channel 4) and on WKRC (Channel 12), and in San Francisco Sunday 6 January 1957 on KPIX (Channel 5), where it was mercilessly cut to 72 minutes in order to fit into a 90 minute time slot heavily laced with commercial interruptions.


Jim Conderley: Good evening, Soames!
Soames: Good evening, Mr. Conderley.
Jim Conderley: Afraid I'm a little early, aren't I?
Soames: Miss Trellis wasn't expecting anyone till 8 o'clock.
Jim Conderley: Well, I thought I'd come a little ahead of time; have a little chat with Miss Fanny.
Soames: Sorry, sir; she's still ...
Jim Conderley: ...


As a measure of the progression of time, a newspaper headline flashes President Warren G. Harding's Washington Disarmament Conference of 1921-22, and stock footage shows the U.S. Capitol Dome with 1940s-era taxicabs pouring up Pennsylvania Avenue.

Alternate Versions

Some prints of "Mr. Skeffington" run 127 minutes. The film was cut from 146 minutes immediately after its world premiere run in New York City in 1944, and the cut footage was considered "lost" until the 1988 home video release from MGM/UA restored the film to its original length.


Bye Bye Blackbird
(1926) (uncredited)
Music by
Ray Henderson
Played by the orchestra while Fanny is dancing


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Drama | Romance

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