Beyond the Forest Overview:

Beyond the Forest (1949) was a Film Noir - Drama Film directed by King Vidor and produced by Henry Blanke and Jack L. Warner.


A small-town young woman who covets the high life enjoyed by her wealthy Chicago neighbor decides to leave her country-doctor hubby. The plot is far-fetched and Davis is not at her best in this one, although her delivery of the line "What a dump!" lives eternally.

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Academy Awards 1949 --- Ceremony Number 22 (source: AMPAS)

Best Music - ScoringMax SteinerNominated

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Jenny: Mrs. Moline, let's not start calling each other names. I got some fancy ones saved up just achin' to be used.
Rosa Moline: You get out of this house! No red indian is gonna talk to me like that in my own house!

Rosa Moline: Life in Loyalton is like sitting in the funeral parlor and waiting for the funeral to begin. No, it's like lying in a coffin and waiting for them to carry you out.

Jenny: You want that Chicken a la King business served on toast?
Rosa Moline: Well I showed you the picture in the magazine, didn't I?
Jenny: How could I tell if there was toast under all that goo?

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Facts about

The movie's line "What a dump." was voted as the #62 movie quote by the American Film Institute (out of 100).
Bette Davis was so unhappy over being cast in this film that she threatened Warner Bros. studio chief Jack L. Warner that she would walk off the production with the picture only half finished. Warner was forced to cancel her contract and Davis completed the film, ending 18 years with the studio.
In some parts of the US the scene in which Rosa induces a miscarriage by jumping from an embankment were cut.
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Best Music - Scoring Oscar 1949

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