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That Certain Woman, Excellent Anita Louise.
- DON RILEY
Not the best Bette Davis film but even when its not her best, its grand ! I don't know how much preparation time Bette had for this film but there's a lot of direction and staging, and much of it is a little less than perfect or absolutely precise . I must say Anita Louise really gives her all and she is great in this. Enhances the piece a great deal, her final scene with Bette Davis could be the highlight of the movie. I did not care for the combination of Henry Fonda and Bette Davis, I didn't get a great "vibe" from the two, together. It didn't look like "love". The Davis and Donald Crisp scenes have much electricity and tension, they are first rate. Little Dwayne Davis does a noble job, I typically despise child actors but he actually does not hurt this film. Who knows how many films Bette Davis made in this particular year but this one did not look like it was one Bette had enough "prep"; to make it one of her better efforts. Still a good example of Bette Davis.
Larger Than Life Actresses
- Yosemite Sam
I thought I'd seen most of Bette Davis' movies but not this one, and it's great. She is as captivating as always. She just has that way of reeling me in before I know I've even bitten the bait. Now I'd like to see The Trespasser to compare her performance with Gloria Swanson's, another all-time favorite, who got an Oscar nomination for her portrayal. Has anyone out there seen it? What did you think?
Cannot believe it!
I had intended to watch this one. Got in about 2/3 of the way through. I loved what I saw. Please, please, show this little gem again. Thanking you, hopefully, in advance.
Dwayne Day, child star
- Terri Adams
Wondering why there is nothing on Dwayne "Day" who was credited with the role of Jackie, the child. The face is unmistakenable. That has to be Dwayne Hickman in a role that disappears from his bios. How many other films did he play in at the very young age that has disappeared from his history?
Better Than I thought
I too watched the first 20 minutes and lost interest. Bette Davis movies though are like magnets to metal for me and I was drawn back to it. glad I did and it is very good. I never heard of this movie before, but it is now one of my favorites.
Bette Davis and Henry Fonda Fare
This film has quite a bit of script for both Davis and Fonda to sink themselves into. Their characters are nothing like those they played as a pair in "Jezebel."They are in love but Davis' past gets in their way. But that's not how the film winds up. There are many interesting twists to this drama that provide both lead actors plenty of space to showcase their acting skills. Definitely great on screen chemistry is created between Davis and Fonda.
Henry Fonda and Bette Davis
Bette Davis plays a young woman with a jaded past who's working hard to overcome it. Henry Fonda plays the handsome guy who comes into her life. After a host of twists and turns, Davis and Fonda are driven apart. But, not before she's carrying his son, which he has no idea about. He marries a woman with disabilities who cannot bear children. When they reunite, Davis feels so much compassion for Fonda and his wife, she gives the boy up to his father and his invalid wife. But that's not how the story ends. Davis does a remarkable job acting out so many different emotions. Fonda makes a great love match with Davis. Better than just a good film because it has decency as a central theme strung throughout the plot. We could use a lot more of that in films.
Davis and Fonda find chemistry
This film was released right before"Jezebel." Davis and Fonda were paired together in both. Although "Jezebel's" considered more classic than "That Certain Woman," the on screen chemistry between Davis and Fonda is more titilating in this film. Their romance is a truer kind of love. Fonda has more scenes in this film; whereas, "Jezebel" is more centered around Davis. My point isn't that this film is better: it's underrated. Fonda and Davis are a great acting team with near equal acting abilities. That shows up more in this film.
That Certain Woman (1937)
Bette Davis is always terrific, even in her smaller pictures. Well acted, good simple story and professionally directed. It's nothing outstanding, but it never failed to hold my interest.
Better Then I Thought
- Laura J
I try to catch any Bette Davis movie. However after the 1st half hour of this movie I felt I would not be interested and stopped watching. However I felt drawn back to watch it(I TIVO'd it) and I was glad I did. The real "meat" of the movie starts in the middle thru the end and overall it was quite good.