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Dangerous

Overview

Not even considered a good film back in 1935, Dangerous is held together by the mesmerizing performance of Bette Davis. The star is cast as alcoholic, self-destructive stage actress Joyce Heath, a character obviously based on Jeanne Eagels. Wealthy architect Don Bellows Franchot Tone becomes convinced that Joyce can be rehabilitated with the "right" stage vehicle, and begins pulling strings to bring her back to the footlights. She rises to the occasion, falling in love with Don in the process. But Joyce becomes ...
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Overview

Not even considered a good film back in 1935, Dangerous is held together by the mesmerizing performance of Bette Davis. The star is cast as alcoholic, self-destructive stage actress Joyce Heath, a character obviously based on Jeanne Eagels. Wealthy architect Don Bellows Franchot Tone becomes convinced that Joyce can be rehabilitated with the "right" stage vehicle, and begins pulling strings to bring her back to the footlights. She rises to the occasion, falling in love with Don in the process. But Joyce becomes convinced that she's a jinx to any man who gets near her, as proven by her spineless, dissolute husband, Gordon Heath John Eldredge, who refuses to give her a divorce. Deliberately hurting Don's feelings so he will escape her "curse," Joyce determines to rid the world of both herself and her husband. But things don't work out that way, and as a result Joyce is left in an inextricable Ethan Frome-like dilemma at film's end, while Don finds happiness with his socialite Gail Armitage Margaret Lindsay. It is generally conceded that Bette Davis won her Academy Award for Dangerous because she was denied the Oscar for her performance in the previous season's Of Human Bondage. Dangerous was remade and considerably reshaped in 1941 as Singapore Woman.
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
Bette Davis' Oscar for Dangerous may have been a consolation prize for not winning (or even being nominated for) her breakthrough performance in Of Human Bondage the previous year, but that doesn't change the fact that her Dangerous work is stunning. Indeed, in some ways, modern audiences may find it preferable to her Bondage performance, which comes across as powerful but a bit forced. Davis is in more control in Dangerous, more natural and at ease, even though she is no less powerful. Indeed, those legendary eyes flash burning, scorching fire at the slightest provocation -- and, of course, can turn glacially icy or meltingly seductive a moment later. Dangerous is only a so-so movie, but Joyce Heath is a great part; it's no Hedda or Lady MacBeth, but it provides Davis with ample opportunity to show just what she is made of, and she makes sure she doesn't squander one second of this opportunity. Against this force of nature, it's amazing that Franchot Tone not only holds his own but is able to make a favorable impression -- a fact made even more notable considering the indifference with which his part is written. Alison Skipworth also scores points, playing a character that's much more "above board" than her usual somewhat shady characters. Still, it's Davis' show all the way -- and she makes it well worth watching.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/22/2012
  • UPC: 883316382318
  • Original Release: 1935
  • Rating:

  • Source: Warner Archives
  • Region Code: 0
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:19:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 9,261

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Bette Davis Joyce Heath
Franchot Tone Don Bellows
Margaret Lindsay Gail Armitage
Alison Skipworth Mrs. Williams
John Eldredge Gordon Heath
Dick Foran Teddy
Walter Walker Roger Farnsworth
Richard Carle Pitt Hanly
George Irving Charles Melton
Pierre Watkin George Sheffield
Douglas Wood Elmont
George Andre Beranger Waiter
William B. Davidson Reed Walsh
William "Wild Bill" Elliott Male Lead in Play
Eddie Foster Passerby
Edward Keane Doctor
Milt Kibbee William, Roger's chauffeur
Larry McGrath Waiter
Miki Morita Cato
Frank O'Connor Bartender
Craig Reynolds Reporter
Libby Taylor Beulah
Mary Treen Nurse
Billy Wayne Teddy's Chauffeur
Technical Credits
Alfred E. Green Director
Harry Joe Brown Producer
Laird Doyle Screenwriter
Leo F. Forbstein Score Composer, Musical Direction/Supervision
Ernest Haller Cinematographer
Bernhard Kaun Score Composer
Orry-Kelly Costumes/Costume Designer
Hugh Reticker Jr. Art Director
Tom Richards Editor
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Dangerous
1. Chapter 1 [1:03]
2. Chapter 2 [4:32]
3. Chapter 3 [3:13]
4. Chapter 4 [2:34]
5. Chapter 5 [3:42]
6. Chapter 6 [2:22]
7. Chapter 7 [4:50]
8. Chapter 8 [1:19]
9. Chapter 9 [1:46]
10. Chapter 10 [5:14]
11. Chapter 11 [1:54]
12. Chapter 12 [3:05]
13. Chapter 13 [3:01]
14. Chapter 14 [3:19]
15. Chapter 15 [2:56]
16. Chapter 16 [3:55]
17. Chapter 17 [2:45]
18. Chapter 18 [3:54]
19. Chapter 19 [2:20]
20. Chapter 20 [3:02]
21. Chapter 21 [2:15]
22. Chapter 22 [3:26]
23. Chapter 23 [2:49]
24. Chapter 24 [2:14]
25. Chapter 25 [2:26]
26. Chapter 26 [1:23]
27. Chapter 27 [2:24]
28. Chapter 28 [:40]
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Disc #1 -- Dangerous
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