Released Date: December 1, 1941
Director: William Wyler
Actors: Bette Davis, Herbert Marshall, Teresa Wright, Richard Carlson, Dan Duryea, and Patricia Collinge
I have a lot of respect for this movie. Bette Davis was brilliant, Teresa Wright's first movie yet she did an amazing job as if a pro for many years, and Patricia Collinge is in this too. I love this movie. This was Teresa Wright's first movie, and also her first Oscar nomination. This was also a stage play first, and then movie second. Tallulah Bankhead played Bette Davis' character in the stage play version. Bette Davis and miss Bankhead were often compared. The actor Herbert Marshall had only one leg while playing in this movie. He is in a wheelchair the entire time, but was suppose to walk up the stairs at one point during the movie. They had to use a stunt double for that. Bette Davis was said to have fought a lot with the director. Bette Davis was a star, a true star (as said in All About Eve, Bette Davis' character was said to have been one).
This movie is about a wealthy family, living in a southern state after the civil war. The mom/wife Regina Giddens (Bette Davis) is out to get more money, so she thinks up a plan and has her daughter fetch her sick husband. He refuses to just give her money, so she comes up with an easier plan to get that money. Her daughter, played by Teresa Wright is suppose to marry her cousin, but is obviously in love with another man, who she is not related too, but her mom wants the money to stay in the family. Will Alexandra (Wright) fall for her mother's antics, or will she follow her heart?