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Jezebel (1938) was a Drama - Romance Film directed by William Wyler and produced by William Wyler, Hal B. Wallis and Henry Blanke.

Jezebel was inducted into the National Film Registry in 2009.

Academy Awards 1938 --- Ceremony Number 11 (source: AMPAS)

Best ActressBette DavisWon
Best Supporting ActressFay BainterWon
Best CinematographyErnest HallerNominated
Best Music - ScoringMax SteinerNominated
Best PictureWarner Bros.Nominated

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TCM Classic Film Festival Day 1: 7 Seconds of Bette Davis in JEZEBEL (1938)

By Lara on Apr 6, 2017 From Backlots

This afternoon, classic film fans from around the country and the world descended upon the stretch of Hollywood Boulevard that runs from the Roosevelt Hotel?to the Egyptian Theater for the opening of the TCM Classic Film Festival. For much of the day, the street was completely blocked off for the re... Read full article

Jezebel (1938) (3)

By Beatrice on Nov 23, 2013 From Flickers in Time

Jezebel Directed by William Wyler Written by Clements Ripley, Abem Finkel and John Huston from the play by Owen Davis 1938/USA Warner Bros Repeat viewing #120 of 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die Julie Marsden: Can’t I? I’m goin’ to. This is 1852, dumplin’. 1852, not ... Read full article

Jezebel (1938) (2)

By Brandy Dean on Nov 21, 2013 From Pretty Clever Films

When the novel Gone with the Wind became a runaway best-seller, the office of independent producer and films rights holder David O. Selznick was flooded with fan suggestions for casting. They wanted Clark Gable as Butler (natch) but they also really, really wanted Bette Davis as Scarlett O’Har... Read full article

Jezebel (1938) (1)

on Aug 14, 2013 From Journeys in Classic Film

**This is an entry in participation with the 2013 TCM Summer Under the Stars Blogathon hosted by Sittin’ on a Backyard Fence and ScribeHard On Film** “I do declare…” that Jezebel is a darker, sexually potent version of Gone With the Wind…and enjoyable to boot (you all s... Read full article

Jezebel -A Fascinating Classic

By Rachel T on Feb 9, 2013 From Sunset Blvd

Jezebel, as I?m sure you?re probably aware, is often written off as a lesser version of??Gone With the Wind, or alternatively, a peace offering from Warner to Bette Davis. After some pondering though, I have come to the conclusion that it is most definitely neither of those things? well, maybe a lit... Read full article

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Quotes from

Aunt Belle: Expecting a man to go to a dress makers with you! I declare i hope Pres doesn't come!
Julie: He will
Aunt Belle: But Julene!
Julie: Now dumplin' don't you fret about Pres I've been training him for years!
Aunt Belle: Like that man-killing horse you bought!
Julie: Pres was outrageous! He had no right to tell me what i could ride and what i couldnt!
Aunt Belle: The horse showed you what you couldn't! You broke your collar bone and your engagement!
Julie: And they both mended so i was right after all
[Smiles at Aunt Belle happily]

Preston Dillard: You haven't a partner you have to meet Cantrell?
Buck Cantrell: Why no. Came alone
Preston Dillard: [They glare at each other] Pleasant evening isn't it?
Buck Cantrell: Mighty pleasant. Nice and cool...
Preston Dillard: [Looks at Buck and snaps] Do you find it cool in here? I don't find it particularly cool. Do you Julie?
Julie Marsden: [Looks up at Pres] Why... Why no
Preston Dillard: [Steps towards Buck] I don't find it particularly cool. Miss Julie dosen't find it so.
Buck Cantrell: [stares at Pres] Why no. Now that you speak of it... It's just about right...
Preston Dillard: Seems so to me.
Buck Cantrell: [Glares at Pres] Your servant. Yours miss Julie.
[Bows at Julie]

Julie Marsden: [Preston returns after breaking their engagement] Pres, I can't believe it's you here. I dreamed about it so long. A lifetime. No, longer than that. I put on this white dress for you to help me tell ya how humbly I ask you to forgive me.
[She drops to the floor]

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Facts about

Originally a flop play on Broadway starring Bette Davis' nemesis Miriam Hopkins. Hopkins assumed she was contractually set to star in the film adaptation, but the contract only specified she would be "considered" for the film version.
Owen Davis's play opened on Broadway in New York City, New York, USA on 19 December 1933 and closed in January 1934 after 32 performances. The opening night cast included Miriam Hopkins as Julie, Joseph Cotten, Owen Davis Jr. (the writer's son), Cora Witherspoon and Lew Payton (who is also in the film).
Director William Wyler was known for working with the script of the films he was directing, but was unable to do so here to the degree he wanted because shooting started on the first part of the script before the rest was finished. Because he was too busy to contribute to the writing, Wyler asked that John Huston be brought in to act as the middleman between him and the writers, and the studio agreed.
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