Winter Meeting

Winter Meeting

Director: Bretaigne Windust

Cast: Bette Davis, Jim Davis, James "Thunderbird" Davis

     
 

The most memorable aspect of Winter Meeting, and the one that stirred up the most publicity, was its teaming of two Davises: Bette Davis and Jim Davis (whose only "A"-picture starring role this was). Bette D. plays disenchanted poetess Susan Grieve, while Jim D. is cast as disillusioned war hero Slick Novak. Inexorably drawn to one another, these two lost soulsSee more details below

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The most memorable aspect of Winter Meeting, and the one that stirred up the most publicity, was its teaming of two Davises: Bette Davis and Jim Davis (whose only "A"-picture starring role this was). Bette D. plays disenchanted poetess Susan Grieve, while Jim D. is cast as disillusioned war hero Slick Novak. Inexorably drawn to one another, these two lost souls fall in love while discussing their inner demons. Ultimately, both Susan and Slick decide to go their separate ways, though both have grown and matured during their brief affair. Adapted from a novel by Ethel Vance, Winter Meeting falls short of being the "important" picture Warner Bros. hoped it would be: even so, Bette and Jim Davis work quite well together, making one wonder why Jim D. didn't go farther in films (though he did become a star of sorts late in life as Jock Ewing on TV's Dallas).

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
Bette Davis is in spinster mode again in Winter Meeting, but those expecting another Now Voyager will be sorely disappointed. Winter commits what may be the most unforgivable sin for a melodrama -- it's unrelentingly dull. Audiences will stomach outrageous plot turns, overboard dialogue and blatant attempts to manipulate emotion in a melodrama -- but not being bored to death. The culprit is largely Catherine Turney's incredibly talky screenplay. There's nothing wrong with a film having lots of dialogue, but what's being said simply has to be said in an interesting and involving manner. That's simply not the case here. Bretaigne Windust's dry direction doesn't help matters. He doesn't find ways to shoot the long stretches of dialogue in a manner that can add a new layer to what is being said, or barring that, can distract from what is being said. Windust's pacing is of no help, and his work here is simply lackluster. Star Bette Davis does the best that she can, underplaying in a part that one might expect to bring out her more histrionic instincts, and she adds interest to the film. But Jim Davis is dull and miscast, making his attraction to Bette Davis seem unbelievable. Janis Paige's beauty adds a boost, and Florence Bates and John Hoyt are a definite plus in supporting parts. Devoted fans of the star may enjoy Winter, but most will find it severely lacking.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/18/2013
UPC:
0883316650882
Original Release:
1948
Rating:
NR
Source:
Warner Archives
Presentation:
[Full Frame]
Time:
1:36:00
Sales rank:
47,180

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Bette Davis Susan Grieve
Jim Davis Slick Novak
James "Thunderbird" Davis Slick Novak
John Hoyt Stacey Grant
Florence Bates Mrs. Castle
Walter S. Baldwin Mr. Castle
Ransom Sherman Mr. Moran
Louis Austin Marcia
Douglas Carter Actor
Hugh Charles Headwaiter
Mike Lally Actor
Harry Lewis Juvenile
Ezelle Poule Actor
George Taylor Actor
Laura Treadwell Gray Lady
Robert Riordan Marcia's Escort
Paul Maxey Actor
Janis Paige Peggy Markham

Technical Credits
Bretaigne Windust Director
Harry Barndollar Special Effects
Henry Blanke Producer
Edward Carrere Art Director
Leo F. Forbstein Musical Direction/Supervision
Ernest Haller Cinematographer
H.F. Koenekamp Special Effects
Fred MacLean Set Decoration/Design
Owen Marks Editor
Max Steiner Score Composer
Catherine Turney Screenwriter
Jack L. Warner Executive Producer
Perc Westmore Makeup

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Winter Meeting
1. Chapter 1 [3:21]
2. Chapter 2 [2:55]
3. Chapter 3 [3:56]
4. Chapter 4 [2:05]
5. Chapter 5 [4:21]
6. Chapter 6 [3:57]
7. Chapter 7 [4:10]
8. Chapter 8 [3:38]
9. Chapter 9 [3:39]
10. Chapter 10 [4:06]
11. Chapter 11 [4:04]
12. Chapter 12 [3:49]
13. Chapter 13 [3:28]
14. Chapter 14 [2:45]
15. Chapter 15 [3:56]
16. Chapter 16 [2:55]
17. Chapter 17 [3:01]
18. Chapter 18 [2:52]
19. Chapter 19 [3:19]
20. Chapter 20 [3:42]
21. Chapter 21 [4:26]
22. Chapter 22 [3:48]
23. Chapter 23 [4:01]
24. Chapter 24 [2:57]
25. Chapter 25 [4:36]
26. Chapter 26 [2:51]
27. Chapter 27 [2:39]
28. Chapter 28 [3:53]
29. Chapter 29 [3:28]
30. Chapter 30 [1:47]

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