Approved | | Drama, Romance
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.
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.
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.
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.