Dark Victory

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  • Genre(s): Romance Drama
  • Release year: 1939
  • Running time: 104 min
Bette Davis' bravura, moving-but-never-morbid performance as Judith Traherne, a dying heiress determined to find happiness in her few remaining months, remains a three-hankie classic. Also starring George Brent, Humphrey Bogart and Ronald Reagan. In... read more
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Bette Davis' bravura, moving-but-never-morbid performance as Judith Traherne, a dying heiress determined to find happiness in her few remaining months, remains a three-hankie classic. Also starring George Brent, Humphrey Bogart and Ronald Reagan. In Dark Victory, Davis stars as beautiful, charming young socialite who is diagnosed with a brain tumor, yet romance grows between Judith and the dashing neurosurgeon (Brent) who operates on her. Although he knows she has only months to live, the two wed. And in that short time Judith discovers true love. Ironically, the success of the film would never have happened if Davis hadn't pestered studio brass to buy the Dark Victory story rights. Jack Warner finally did so skeptically, asking, "Who wants to see a dame go blind?" Almost everyone apparently, as Dark Victory was Davis' biggest box-office hit yet and garnered Academy Award nominations for "Best Picture," "Best Actress" and "Best Original Score" (Max Steiner).

Original Release

04/22/1939

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Cast

Bette Davis Judith Traherne
Humphrey Bogart Michael O'Leary
George Brent Dr. Frederick Steele
Ronald Reagan Alec
Geraldine Fitzgerald Ann King
Henry Travers Dr. Parsons
Cora Witherspoon Carrie
Dorothy Peterson Miss Wainwright
Virginia Brissac Martha
Charles Richman Col. Mantle
(see additional cast & crew)

Directors

Edmund Goulding

Writers

Casey Robinson, George Emerson Brewer Jr., Bertram Bloch

Cast

Bette Davis Judith Traherne
Humphrey Bogart Michael O'Leary
George Brent Dr. Frederick Steele
Ronald Reagan Alec
Geraldine Fitzgerald Ann King
Henry Travers Dr. Parsons
Cora Witherspoon Carrie
Dorothy Peterson Miss Wainwright
Virginia Brissac Martha
Charles Richman Col. Mantle
Herbert Rawlinson Dr. Carter
Leonard Mudie Dr. Driscoll
Fay Helm Miss Dodd
Lottie Williams Lucy
Black Ace Judith's Horse
Marian Alden Judith's Friend
Wilda Bennett Judith's Friend
Diane Bernard Lucy - a Servant
Richard Bond Judith's Friend
Sidney Bracey Bartender

Producers

Hal B. Wallis Executive Producer
Hal B. Wallis Producer
David Lewis Producer

Editors

William Holmes

1940 Oscar Best Picture Nominated
1940 Oscar Best Actress in a Leading Role Nominated
1940 Oscar Best Music, Original Score Nominated
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