Dark Victory Overview:

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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Dark Victory (1939): Bette Davis at Her Best

By 4 Star Film Fan on Oct 8, 2020 From 4 Star Films

Dark Victory reminds one how eclectic the Warner Bros. stock company was in 1939 because, in a Bette Davis vehicle, the first visage to present itself is none other than a wry Humphrey Bogart. The movie is a veritable grab bag of assorted talent from Bogart to Ronald Reagan and even kindly, bushy-br... Read full article

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

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Quotes from

[first lines]
Michael O'Leary: [on the phone] Hello, there. Is this the house? I've been trying to get you.

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.

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Facts about

During the filming of the emotionally-charged scene when Bette Davis' character needs to find her way upstairs to her room after the brain tumor has caused her blindness, the cast and crew and several visitors were watching as Davis grasped the banister and began to feel her way up the steps, one-by-one. Halfway to the top of the staircase, Davis paused, stopped the scene, briskly walked back downstairs, and addressed director Edmund Goulding. "Ed," Davis said, "is Max Steiner going to be composing the music score to this picture?" Goulding, surprised by the question, replied that he didn't know, and asked Davis why the matter was important enough to stop the filming of the scene. "Well, either I'm going to climb those stairs or Max Steineris going to climb those stairs," Davis responded, "but I'll be God-DAMNED if Max Steiner and I are going to climb those stairs together!"
In an interview with Dick Cavett in 1971, Bette Davis said that the movie took four weeks to shoot.
This was Bette Davis' biggest moneymaker up to that point in her career.
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