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That Certain Woman (1937)

Approved | | Drama, Romance | 18 September 1937 (USA)
Mary Donnell, a young legal secretary with a past, elopes with a client's son, but his father has the marriage annulled without knowing she's pregnant.

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Edmund Goulding

Writer:

Edmund Goulding
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Bette Davis ... Mary Donnell
Henry Fonda ... Jack Merrick
Anita Louise ... Flip
Ian Hunter ... Lloyd Rogers
Donald Crisp ... Merrick, Sr.
Hugh O'Connell ... Virgil Whitaker
Katharine Alexander ... Mrs. Rogers (as Katherine Alexander)
Mary Philips ... Amy (as Mary Phillips)
Minor Watson ... Tilden
Sidney Toler ... Detective Neely
Charles Trowbridge ... Dr. James
Norman Willis ... Fred
Herbert Rawlinson ... Dr. Hartman
Tim Henning Tim Henning ... Kenyon
Dwane Day Dwane Day ... Jackie
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Storyline

Mary Donnell was married at sixteen to a gangster and soon widowed. She works for unhappily married lawyer Lloyd Rogers. A client's son Jack elopes with her, but his father tracks them down and has the marriage annulled. Mary has a son. Unaware of this, the father remarries; his new wife is crippled in an auto accident. The lawyer, now dying, tells Mary he has left her money for her and her son, Roger's widow suspects her husband may have been the father, while Mary is convinced instead that it was her annulled ex-husband, Jack. Jack's ruthless father , upon learning he may be grandparent of the child, threatens legal action to gain custody, but his son wants no part in separating little Jackie from his mother. Further, he reasserts his love for Mary and promises he will ask his now handicapped wife, Flip, for a divorce so that Jackie will have a real family. He instructs Mary to pack her belongings and get Jackie ready to leave so that the three can start a new life ... Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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Love Broke Her Heart !

Genres:

Drama | Romance

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 September 1937 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Aquella mujer See more »

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Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The first film pairing of Bette Davis and Henry Fonda. The second being Jezebel (1938). See more »

Goofs

The screen shows a newspaper page with headlines, photographs, and a box in large type, all part of a full-page gangster story. However, only some of the text that can be seen around the edges is part of the story. The rest is "dummy" type, about clothes for college men or electrical equipment. See more »

Quotes

Jack V. Merrick, Jr.: Dad, you can't take other people's lives and run them like you run your business.
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The opening credits roll up. See more »

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Featured in Stardust: The Bette Davis Story (2006) See more »

Soundtracks

'Cause My Baby Says It's So
(1937) (uncredited)
Music by Harry Warren
Played during the scene at the bar
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That certain abomination
19 May 2003 | by jrhpaxSee all my reviews

First, I love Bette Davis. This movie is among the worst she ever made. Bette Davis wonderful at playing modern women, especially outspoken, bitchy or evil women. She showed little talent for playing mealy-mouthed, self-sacrificing women. I think most of her fans will be appalled by this film, especially by the ending, which will leave most modern audiences speechless. Thank God that the following year, Bette co-starred with Henry Fonda in a classic, "Jezebel," and got her career back on track.


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