Bette Davis Collection, Vol. 1

Bette Davis Collection, Vol. 1

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William Wyler's dark and poisonous melodrama, based on the W. Somerset Maugham novel, features Bette Davis in one of her nastiest roles. The story begins in the shimmering moonlight on a tropical Malayan rubber plantation. Shots ring out and a wounded man, Geoffrey HammondSee more details below

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Overview

William Wyler's dark and poisonous melodrama, based on the W. Somerset Maugham novel, features Bette Davis in one of her nastiest roles. The story begins in the shimmering moonlight on a tropical Malayan rubber plantation. Shots ring out and a wounded man, Geoffrey Hammond (David Newell) staggers from a bungalow as Leslie Crosbie (Bette Davis) coldly follows him, pumping the remaining bullets into his body. She later tells her husband Robert (Herbert Marshall) that she shot Geoffrey, a mutual friend, because he was drunk and tried to take advantage of her. Robert, who owns the plantation, believes her story and hires high-powered lawyer Howard Joyce (James Stephenson) to defend her. But then a letter surfaces in which it is revealed that Leslie had invited Geoffrey to the plantation on the night of his murder. When Howard confronts her with the letter, Leslie admits writing it and implies that she and Geoffrey were lovers. Howard, nevertheless, agrees to continue defending her; he explains to Leslie, "I won't tell you what I personally thought when I read the letter. It's the duty of counsel to defend his client, not to convict her even in his own mind. I don't want you to tell me anything but what is needed to save your neck." Meanwhile, the letter becomes the object of a $10,000 blackmail scheme from Geoffrey's widow (Gale Sondergaard).

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Product Details

Release Date:
04/01/2008
UPC:
0883929011858
Rating:
NR
Source:
Warner Home Video
Region Code:
1
Time:
9:13:00
Sales rank:
10,987

Special Features

Closed Caption; Expert commentaries; Featurettes; Radio shows

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Bette Davis Collection, Vol. 1: Mr. Skeffington
1. Credits [:59]
2. Suitors Three [4:53]
3. Trippy's Little Killing [2:57]
4. Mr. Skeffington [5:19]
5. Letting It Ride [5:22]
6. No Flowers [5:06]
7. Office Visit [4:11]
8. Onrush of War [2:28]
9. Unknown Admirer [3:51]
10. Newlyweds [6:14]
11. Trippy's Outburst [3:54]
12. Despising Mrs. Skeffington [3:19]
13. Patient Men [3:49]
14. Face in the Newsreel [2:29]
15. Pregnant and Fearful [5:24]
16. Young Fanny [3:31]
17. Tragic News [5:07]
18. MacMahon's Lady [5:01]
19. Gin Joint Encounter [3:25]
20. Divorce [2:57]
21. Our Daughter [4:17]
22. Hard to Explain [5:07]
23. Through the Years [3:30]
24. Home From Abroad [3:26]
25. Diphtheria Strikes [3:26]
26. Staring Eyes [5:51]
27. Breakfast Company [2:57]
28. Doctor's Advice [4:34]
29. Gathering of Old Friends [3:25]
30. Faces of Change [3:21]
31. Hollow Enshrinement [2:27]
32. Falling Out With Edward [5:54]
33. Goodbye, Mother [4:07]
34. All Alone [2:34]
35. Her Last Chance [5:06]
36. Beautiful and Loved [5:32]
Disc #2 -- Bette Davis Collection, Vol. 1: Dark Victory
1. Credits [:47]
2. Rude Awakening [3:07]
3. Riding Accident [3:28]
4. More Than a Headache [2:27]
5. Appeal to Dr. Steele [4:42]
6. "I'm Absolutely Well" [6:25]
7. The Exam [5:02]
8. "We've Got to Operate" [2:41]
9. Fairview Hospital [4:13]
10. Long-Term Outlook [2:46]
11. Life of the Party [4:55]
12. Telling Ann [5:07]
13. In Love [3:15]
14. Doctor's Dilemma [3:27]
15. Suspicion [2:57]
16. Prognosis Negative [4:07]
17. Humoring the Patient [2:57]
18. Give Me Time for Tenderness [2:58]
19. Judy Rides Again [4:32]
20. Kindred Spirits [5:49]
21. Forever Judy [6:06]
22. Nothing and Everything [3:53]
23. Darker by the Minute [3:43]
24. Blind Devotion [5:43]
25. Dark Victory [2:28]
26. Hyacinths [2:57]
27. Perchance to Dream [2:36]
28. Cast List [:37]
Disc #3 -- Bette Davis Collection, Vol. 1: The Letter
1. Credits [:59]
2. Gunshots in the Night [4:16]
3. Leslie's Version [5:44]
4. Reeanacting the Crime [4:52]
5. Charge of Murder [2:52]
6. Mysterious Visitor [5:47]
7. The Letter [6:07]
8. To Save Your Neck [7:48]
9. Lawyer's Duty [3:56]
10. Money and Two Conditions [3:20]
11. What's Expedient [2:56]
12. Trying to Understand Her [4:39]
13. Chinatown Rendezvous [4:14]
14. Mrs. Hammond [6:03]
15. The Verdict [4:55]
16. Robert's Surprise [4:04]
17. Let Him See It [3:44]
18. No Excuse for Me [3:17]
19. The Knife [2:20]
20. We've Got Each Other [3:54]
21. The Man I Killed [3:39]
22. Vengeful Widow [4:57]
23. Cast List [:30]
Disc #4 -- Bette Davis Collection, Vol. 1: The Star
1. Credits [:52]
2. One Good Part [5:17]
3. Gretchen [2:31]
4. You Don't Stop Being a Star [4:40]
5. Family Finances [4:52]
6. Driving With Oscar [4:44]
7. Drunk Tank Royalty [1:32]
8. Her Rescuers [4:04]
9. Jim's Place [2:35]
10. Going, Going, Gone [3:55]
11. Getting It Wrong [5:41]
12. Not Real [4:58]
13. Sailing [4:24]
14. To Work and the Zoo [4:10]
15. Take a Good Look [2:12]
16. Naughty, Appealing Children [4:02]
17. The Older Sister [3:17]
18. Makeup Makeover [2:45]
19. The Test [5:53]
20. Out on a Limb [4:25]
21. The Screening Room [4:10]
22. Lifeless of the Party [3:47]
23. Familiar Script [3:15]
24. Mother and Woman [2:05]
Disc #5 -- Bette Davis Collection, Vol. 1: Now, Voyager
1. Credits [1:06]
2. Dr. Jaquith [2:48]
3. About Charlotte [3:11]
4. Charlotte's Room [3:35]
5. Shipboard Romance [4:36]
6. Mother Dread [1:54]
7. Breaking Point [2:14]
8. Now, Voyager [3:21]
9. Typical Tourists [2:27]
10. True Identities [2:54]
11. Gifts All Around [2:00]
12. Borrowed Wings [3:24]
13. Together and Alone [3:30]
14. About Jerry [3:12]
15. Wrong-Way Ride [4:42]
16. The Cabin; Jerry's... [2:21]
17. Immune to Happiness [3:32]
18. Airport Farewell [1:54]
19. Girl Most Popular [2:53]
20. Mother's Welcome [4:54]
21. New Ground Rules [3:40]
22. Mother's Tumble [1:03]
23. Lighting a Fire [2:57]
24. Not Afraid [3:58]
25. Elliot's Courtship [3:28]
26. Encountering Jerry [3:27]
27. Back Bay Station [4:21]
28. Broken Engagement [2:51]
29. "I Did It!" [3:05]
30. A Girl Like Herself [4:24]
31. Call Me Tina [4:00]
32. Jerry's Child in My Arms [3:04]
33. Her New Friend [4:24]
34. Camping With Charlotte [2:15]
35. Party Guests [2:33]
36. Like Our Child [4:01]
37. A Cigarette On It [1:51]
38. The Stars [1:23]

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