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3 Ratings: 3.7
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Bette Davis won her second Best Actress Oscar for her showcase role in this sumptuous southern costume melodrama, which was released in 1938 in response to the phenomenal popularity of Margaret Mitchell's novelGone with the Wind. (It would take another … see full wiki

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Bette Davis in a searing performance

  • May 10, 2003
Rating:
+3
JEZEBEL was one of Bette Davis' most accomplished and memorable screen performances of the 1930s. It deservedly netted her an Academy Award as Best Actress and also garnered the Best Supporting Actress award for Fay Bainter.

When Bette Davis missed out on the role of Scarlett O'Hara in GONE WITH THE WIND, Warners fashioned their own Southern drama for her, based on the play by Owen Davis. JEZEBEL was released a year before GONE WITH THE WIND. Both films feature musical scores written by Max Steiner.

The story concerns willfull Southern belle Julie Marston (Bette Davis) who is engaged to the handsome but conservative Pres Dillard (Henry Fonda). In order to get some life out of her passive finance, Julie decides to wear a dramatic red dress to the annual Ball (when every girl will be wearing traditional white). After her shocking entrance at the ball, Pres insults her by whirling her around and around the dancefloor, until she is the scandal of all New Orleans. The following day, the engagement is called off and the shattered Julie doesn't hear from Pres for a whole year.

When Pres does return, its revealed that he has married a beautiful "Yankee" society belle named Amy (Margaret Lindsay). The repentent yet vengeful Julie tries to steal Pres for herself again, but when the dreaded Yellow Fever epidemic strikes, tragedy does as well...

The cast also includes George Brent (42nd STREET), Donald Crisp (POLLYANNA, NATIONAL VELVET), Richard Cromwell, Henry O'Neill, Spring Byington and John Litel.

The DVD includes the trailer. (Single-sided, single-layer disc).

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