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Dark Victory (1939) was a Drama - Romance Film directed by Edmund Goulding and produced by Hal B. Wallis and David Lewis.

Academy Awards 1939 --- Ceremony Number 12 (source: AMPAS)

Best ActressBette DavisNominated
Best Music - ScoringMax SteinerNominated
Best PictureWarner Bros.-First NationalNominated

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From the Archives: Dark Victory ( 1939 )

By The Metzinger Sisters on Dec 9, 2019 From Silver Scenes - A Blog for Classic Film Lovers

Geraldine Fitzgerald and Bette Davis are grinning in the presence of a young Ronald Reagan in this scene from Dark Victory ( 1939 ). Little did they know that he would one day become President of the United States. Unfortunately, Reagan's character spent most of this picture in a drunken state...but... Read full article

Watching 1939: Dark Victory

on Jul 26, 2018 From Comet Over Hollywood

In 2011, I announced I was trying to see every film released in 1939. This new series chronicles films released in 1939 as I watch them.?As we start out this blog feature, this section may become more concrete as I search for a common thread that runs throughout each film of the year. Right now, tha... Read full article

Dark Victory (1939, Edmund Goulding)

By Andrew Wickliffe on Apr 5, 2018 From The Stop Button

Bette Davis and George Brent never kiss in Dark Victory. He?s a brilliant neurosurgeon, she?s a mysteriously ill young socialite. He saves her, they fall in love. But does he really save her?. Victory gives Davis an excellent part, right up until the end of the film. It?s a somewhat bumpy ride?in th... Read full article

The Essential Films of 1939: Dark Victory

By Amanda Garrett on Mar 8, 2015 From Old Hollywood Films

Bette Davis gets a large dose of prognosis negative in Dark Victory. The Director: Edmund Goulding. The Stars: Bette Davis; George Brent; Geraldine Fitzgerald; Humphrey Bogart and Ronald Reagan. Source Material: A 1934 play by Bertram Bloch and George Emerson Brewer Jr. George Bre... Read full article

Dark Victory (1939)

By Cameron on Feb 2, 2015 From The Blonde At The Film

via: Unless otherwise noted, all images are my own. Dark Victory is?a melodrama par excellence, a three-hanky weepie starring one of the masters of the genre, Bette Davis. Variety?noted that the “picture is stu... Read full article

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Quotes from

Michael O'Leary: What good's ridin' and fightin' these days? What does it get ya?

Judith: I've never taken orders from anyone. As long as I live, I'll never take orders from anyone. I'm young and strong and nothing can touch me.

Judith: Nothing can hurt us now. What we have can't be destroyed. That's our victory - our victory over the dark. It is a victory because we're not afraid.

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Facts about

Greta Garbo was the original choice for Judith Traherne.
In 1938, Barbara Stanwyck and Melvyn Douglas starred in a Lux Radio Theatre version of the play, and in 1939 Bette Davis and Spencer Tracy starred in another radio version of the story.
Offscreen, Bette Davis suffered a nervous breakdown during filming as a result of her crumbling marriage to Harmon Nelson. This didn't prevent her from embarking on an affair with co-star George Brent.
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