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Jezebel (10-Mar-1938)

Director: William Wyler

Writers: Clements Ripley; Abem Finkel; John Huston

From a play: Jezebel by Owen Davis, Sr.

Music by: Max Steiner

Keywords: Romantic Drama, New Orleans

Brilliantly staged and terrifically acted pre-Civil War melodrama, though the story might seem quaint to modern audiences. Bette Davis plays a Southern belle who shockingly challenges the social norm of her New Orleans elite society by attending a formal event in a non-white evening gown, then schemes to pit George Brent against her married ex-fiancÚ Henry Fonda. Brace yourself for an extended dinner conversation in which everyone at the table agrees that slavery is well and just. Oscars for Davis and Fay Bainter.

NameOccupationBirthDeathKnown for
Eddie Anderson
18-Sep-1905 28-Feb-1977 Rochester on The Jack Benny Show
Fay Bainter
7-Dec-1891 16-Apr-1968 Jezebel
Matthew "Stymie" Beard
1-Jan-1925 8-Jan-1981 Stymie in Our Gang
George Brent
15-Mar-1899 26-May-1979 The Great Lie
Spring Byington
17-Oct-1886 7-Sep-1971 You Can't Take it With You
Donald Crisp
27-Jul-1880 25-May-1974 Silent film actor, survived into talkies
Richard Cromwell
8-Jan-1920 11-Oct-1960 The Lives of a Bengal Lancer
Bette Davis
5-Apr-1908 6-Oct-1989 All About Eve
Margaret Early
25-Dec-1919 29-Nov-2000 Strike Up the Band
Henry Fonda
16-May-1905 12-Aug-1982 12 Angry Men
Theresa Harris
31-Dec-1906 8-Oct-1985 Baby Face
Margaret Lindsay
19-Sep-1910 9-May-1981 The House of the Seven Gables
John Litel
30-Dec-1892 3-Feb-1972 Two Dollar Bettor
Henry O'Neill
10-Aug-1891 18-May-1961 Anchors Aweigh
Gordon Oliver
27-Apr-1910 26-Jan-1995 The Spiral Staircase
Irving Pichel
Film Director
24-Jun-1891 13-Jul-1954 Destination Moon


Bette Davis   ...   Julie
Henry Fonda   ...   Preston Dillard
George Brent   ...   Buck Cantrell
Margaret Lindsay   ...   Amy
Donald Crisp   ...   Dr. Livingstone
Fay Bainter   ...   Aunt Belle
Richard Cromwell   ...   Ted
Henry O'Neill   ...   Gen. Bogardus
Spring Byington   ...   Mrs. Kendrick
John Litel   ...   Jean La Cour
Gordon Oliver   ...   Dick Allen
Janet Shaw   ...   Molly Allen
Theresa Harris   ...   Zette
Margaret Early   ...   Stephanie Kendrick
Irving Pichel   ...   Huger
Eddie Anderson   ...   Gros Bat
Matthew "Stymie" Beard   ...   Ti Bat
Lou Payton   ...   Uncle Cato
George Renavent   ...   De Lautruc


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