TCM is holding a 24-hour Bette Davis marathon tomorrow, Thursday, August 19, starting at 6am Eastern; 3am my time. (This schedule is for Central time; change at upper left if necessary.) I have stocked up on coffee and kleenex and unplugged the phone and the doorbell.
I have never seen a Bette Davis performance that I wouldn’t mind seeing again, so I’m gonna see if I can make it through the whole marathon. But I’m really looking forward to:
***Little Foxes, The (1941)***Possibly the greates BITCH performance of ALL TIME.
***Old Acquaintance (1943)***Cute chick flick; remade badly as Rich and Famous. Miriam Hopkins and Bette Davis HATED each other on the set, so it’s fun to look for sparks beneath their portrayal of lifelong best buds.
Great Lie, The (1941)
Mr. Skeffington (1944)
Haven’t seen; good reputation: Claude Rains.
Haven’t seen; another with Claude Rains (they had great chemistry).
All This, And Heaven Too (1940)
Haven’t seen; dir. by Anatole Litvak, so can’t be too bad.
Davis’s performance as an independent-minded southern belle was so good that it put her out of the running for Scarlet O’Hara.
Now, Voyager (1942)
The best ugly-duckling payback film ever, with the greatest actress ever. And Claude Rains.
Stolen Life, A (1946)
Haven’t seen; says here she plays TWINS!
Letter, The (1940)
Wonderful performance as a good woman who’s not, actually, all that good; spectacular scenes with Asian nemesis, who throws a wrench into Bette’s Somerset Maughm-penned scheme to get away with murder.
Private Lives of Elizabeth and Essex, The (1939)
Haven’t seen, LOVE the makeup.
(Can I get a round of applause for the coding of this damn post?)