A piano teacher believes that her fiancé was killed on the battlefield. When he miraculously returns, they decide to marry, but are threatened by a wealthy, egotistical composer the piano teacher started dating on the rebound after she became convinced her love had died.
When his fiancée Valentine dumps him, prominent lawyer Geoffrey Sherwood goes on a bender and winds up married to a stranger, Miriam Brady. They decide to give their marriage a chance. ... See full summary »
Popular and beautiful Fanny Trellis is forced into a loveless marriage with an older man, Jewish banker Job Skeffington, in order to save her beloved brother Trippy from an embezzlement charge, and predictable complications result.
Sandra and Pete elope but their marriage is invalid since she's not yet divorced. Sandra is, however, pregnant by Pete. Pete marries his former fiancée Maggie, then flies to South America where his plane crashes. Maggie pays Sandra to let her adopt Pete's baby. Pete returns "from the dead". Sandra and Maggie contend for Pete and the baby.Written by
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Faye Emerson and Marguerite Chapman appear in the trailer as two enthusiastic film fans who have nothing but praise for the film and for Bette Davis's performance in it. See more »
A key plot point in the first half concerns Sandra Kovac (Mary Astor) being asked by Peter van Allen (George Brent) to go through their marriage ceremony a second time, when her divorce from her previous husband becomes final. The date when this supposedly occurs is the following Tuesday, but Sandra refuses, stating that she will be playing a concert with the Philadelphia Symphony on that day. This is repeated several times, by both Sandra and her agent (Grant Mitchell). However, when the scene eventually changes to Maggie (Bette Davis) visiting Sandra backstage as the concert is ending, the camera zooms into a large poster proclaiming that she is actually performing with the Pennsylvannia Symphony Orchestra, not the Philadelphia. See more »
Maggie Patterson Van Allen:
Violet! Lunch! Ham, cakes, honey, and coffee!
Go out back and get that honey-glazed, peanut-fed, sweet Virginia ham.
You 'ain't gonna feed that man is you?
Jefferson, I'd feed the devil 'hiself if he done polished up the smile on Miss Maggie's face like that!
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An amazing unfolding story that arises out of a ridiculously implausible plot that nevertheless is a classic film. Who needs a plot anyway when you have Mary Astor and Bette Davis fighting over the quietly cool George Brent? Throw in an unexpected pregnancy and a trip to the Arizona desert to keep the mother from having a miscarriage due to her bad habits, with boredom, sand storms, and endless cigarettes. The way it sounds is not at all like the impact it produces. There's one point in the film's second half when people might be thinking that it would be a good place to end the film, keeping the lie intact. But Edmund Goulding makes the absolute most of what follows, hitting the real ending with power and precision.
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