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Jezebel

Theatrical Poster
Directed by William Wyler
Produced by Executive Producer:
Hal B. Wallis
Producer:
William Wyler
Written by Clements Ripley
Abem Finkel
John Huston
Robert Buckner
Story:
Owen Davis
Starring Bette Davis
Henry Fonda
George Brent
Music by Max Steiner
Cinematography Ernest Haller
Editing by Warren Low
Distributed by Warner Bros.
Release date(s) March 10, 1938
Running time 103 minutes
Country United States
Language English
All Movie Guide profile
IMDb profile

Jezebel is an American film drama released in 1938 and directed by William Wyler.[1] William Wyler (July 1, 1902–July 27, 1981) was a prolific, Oscar-winning motion picture director. ... Hal B. Wallis (September 14, 1898 – October 5, 1986) was an American motion picture producer. ... William Wyler (July 1, 1902–July 27, 1981) was a prolific, Oscar-winning motion picture director. ... John Marcellus Huston (August 5, 1906 – August 28, 1987) was an American film director and actor. ... Robert Buckner (May 28, 1906 - August, 1989) was a film screenwriter, producer and short story writer. ... Owen Davis (b. ... Bette Davis (April 5, 1908 – October 6, 1989), born Ruth Elizabeth Davis, was an iconic two-time Academy Award-winning American actress of film, television and theater. ... Henry Jaynes Fonda (May 16, 1905 – August 12, 1982) was a highly acclaimed Academy Award-winning American film actor, best known for his roles as plain-speaking idealists. ... Brent (right) in Experiment Perilous George Brent (March 15, 1904 - May 26, 1979 was an actor in American cinema. ... Maximilian Raoul Walter Steiner (born May 10, 1888 in Vienna, Austria-Hungary; died December 28, 1971 in Hollywood, California) was an Austrian-American composer of music for theater production shows and films. ... Ernest Haller, also credited as Ernie B. Haller, (31 May 1896-21 October 1970), was an American cinematographer. ... Warner Bros. ... March 10 is the 69th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (70th in leap years). ... Year 1938 (MCMXXXVIII) was a common year starting on Saturday (link will take you to calendar). ... The English language is a West Germanic language that originates in England. ... A drama film is a film that depends mostly on in-depth character development, interaction, and highly emotional themes. ... See also: 1937 in film 1937 1939 in film 1930s in film years in film film // Events January — MGM announces that Judy Garland would be cast in the role of Dorothy in the upcoming Wizard of Oz motion picture. ... William Wyler (July 1, 1902–July 27, 1981) was a prolific, Oscar-winning motion picture director. ...


The picture tells the story of a headstrong young Southern woman during the Antebellum period, and how her actions cost her the love of the man she loves. The U.S. Southern states or the South, also known colloquially as Dixie, constitute a distinctive region covering a large portion of the United States, with its own unique heritage, historical perspective, customs, musical styles, and cuisine. ... Antebellum is a Latin word meaning before war(ante means before and bellum is war). ...


The movie stars Bette Davis, Henry Fonda, George Brent, Margaret Lindsay, Donald Crisp, Richard Cromwell, and Fay Bainter. Bette Davis (April 5, 1908 – October 6, 1989), born Ruth Elizabeth Davis, was an iconic two-time Academy Award-winning American actress of film, television and theater. ... Henry Jaynes Fonda (May 16, 1905 – August 12, 1982) was a highly acclaimed Academy Award-winning American film actor, best known for his roles as plain-speaking idealists. ... Brent (right) in Experiment Perilous George Brent (March 15, 1904 - May 26, 1979 was an actor in American cinema. ... Margaret Lindsay (September 19, 1910 - May 9, 1981) was an American film actress with 88 film credits, the most significant of which occurred during her time as a Warner Bros. ... Donald Crisp as Sir Charles Emery in MGMs Dr. Jekyll and Mr. ... Richard Cromwell (January 8, 1910 - October 11, 1960) was an American actor, born LeRoy Melvin Radabaugh. ... Fay Bainter (December 7, 1891 – April 16, 1968) was an American actress. ...


The film was adapted by Clements Ripley, Abem Finkel, John Huston and Robert Buckner, from the play by Owen Davis, Sr. John Marcellus Huston (August 5, 1906 – August 28, 1987) was an American film director and actor. ... Robert Buckner (May 28, 1906 - August, 1989) was a film screenwriter, producer and short story writer. ... Owen Davis (b. ...

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Plot

Spoiler warning: Plot and/or ending details follow.

Spoiled, strong-willed New Orleans belle Julie Marsden (Bette Davis) is engaged to banker Preston 'Pres' Dillard (Henry Fonda). New Orleans is the largest city in the state of Louisiana, United States of America. ... Bette Davis (April 5, 1908 – October 6, 1989), born Ruth Elizabeth Davis, was an iconic two-time Academy Award-winning American actress of film, television and theater. ... Henry Jaynes Fonda (May 16, 1905 – August 12, 1982) was a highly acclaimed Academy Award-winning American film actor, best known for his roles as plain-speaking idealists. ...


In retaliation for Pres refusing to drop his work and accompany her while she shops for a dress, she orders a brazen red one for the most important ball of the year, one where white dresses for unmarried women are expected. Everyone is shocked, but no one can convince her to give up her ill-judged whim.


Pres escorts Julie to the Olympus Ball, where their entrance is met by the disdainful stares of all present. She finally realizes the magnitude of her social blunder and begs Pres to take her away, but by this time, he is implacable. He makes her dance with him. All the other couples gradually leave the floor, finally leaving them alone and isolated. When the orchestra conductor stops playing, Pres orders him to continue and they finish the dance.


Afterwards, Pres takes his leave of Julie, implicitly breaking their engagement. In a final bit of spite, Julie slaps him in the face by way of farewell. Aunt Belle Massey (Fay Bainter) urges her to go after Pres and beg his forgiveness, but she refuses, arrogantly confident that he will return to her. Instead, he goes north for a prolonged period of time on business. Fay Bainter (December 7, 1891 – April 16, 1968) was an American actress. ...


When Pres finally returns, Julie is more than eager to make up, but he has an unpleasant surprise for her, introducing her to his Northern bride, Amy (Margaret Lindsay). Julie eggs on her former suitor, skilled duellist Buck Cantrell (George Brent), to quarrel with Pres, but the scheme goes awry. Pres's inexperienced brother Ted (Richard Cromwell) is the one who is goaded into challenging Buck. In an unexpected twist, Ted emerges victorious; Buck is fatally shot. Margaret Lindsay (September 19, 1910 - May 9, 1981) was an American film actress with 88 film credits, the most significant of which occurred during her time as a Warner Bros. ... A duel is a formalized type of combat. ... Brent (right) in Experiment Perilous George Brent (March 15, 1904 - May 26, 1979 was an actor in American cinema. ... Richard Cromwell (January 8, 1910 - October 11, 1960) was an American actor, born LeRoy Melvin Radabaugh. ...


Then something happens that overshadows everything else. A deadly epidemic of yellow fever sweeps the city, as it had numerous times before. Pres comes down with it and, like all other victims, is to be quarantined on an island. Amy prepares to go along to care for him, risking her own life and that of their unborn child, but Julie stops her. She tells the Northerner that she doesn't know how to deal with the slaves and Southerners on the island. She begs to go in her place, as an act of redemption. Amy agrees.

Spoilers end here.

Background

Some argue the film was developed as a vehicle for Bette Davis after she failed to win the part of Scarlett O'Hara in Gone with the Wind. Scarlett OHara (full name Katie Scarlett OHara Hamilton Kennedy Butler) is the protagonist in Margaret Mitchells 1936 novel, Gone with the Wind, and in the later film of the same name. ... Gone with the Wind, one of the most popular films of all time, and the most enduring symbol of the golden age of Hollywood, is a 1939 film adapted from Margaret Mitchells 1936 novel of the same name. ...


However, the movie was filmed and released before the part of Scarlett was even cast in 1939. In fact, the character of a Civil War debutante that Davis played harmed her chances of landing the Gone With the Wind role, because it was felt she had already played the Scarlett character the year before.


Cast

Henry Fonda as Preston Dillard and Bette Davis as Julie Marsden.
Henry Fonda as Preston Dillard and Bette Davis as Julie Marsden.

Henry Jaynes Fonda (May 16, 1905 – August 12, 1982) was a highly acclaimed Academy Award-winning American film actor, best known for his roles as plain-speaking idealists. ... Bette Davis (April 5, 1908 – October 6, 1989), born Ruth Elizabeth Davis, was an iconic two-time Academy Award-winning American actress of film, television and theater. ... Bette Davis (April 5, 1908 – October 6, 1989), born Ruth Elizabeth Davis, was an iconic two-time Academy Award-winning American actress of film, television and theater. ... Henry Jaynes Fonda (May 16, 1905 – August 12, 1982) was a highly acclaimed Academy Award-winning American film actor, best known for his roles as plain-speaking idealists. ... Brent (right) in Experiment Perilous George Brent (March 15, 1904 - May 26, 1979 was an actor in American cinema. ... Margaret Lindsay (September 19, 1910 - May 9, 1981) was an American film actress with 88 film credits, the most significant of which occurred during her time as a Warner Bros. ... Donald Crisp as Sir Charles Emery in MGMs Dr. Jekyll and Mr. ... Fay Bainter (December 7, 1891 – April 16, 1968) was an American actress. ... Richard Cromwell (4 October 1626 – 12 July 1712) was the third son of Oliver Cromwell, and the second Lord Protector of England, Scotland and Ireland, for little over eight months, from 3 September 1658 until 25 May 1659. ... Henry ONeill (August 10, 1891-May 18, 1961) was a film character actor known for playing grey-haired fathers, lawyers and such during the 1930s and 1940s. ... Spring Byington (October 17, 1886 – September 7, 1971) was an Oscar-nominated American actress. ... Actor John Litel in Two Dollar Bettor (1951) John Litel (December 30, 1892 - February 3, 1972) was a film actor. ... Irving Pichel was an American actor and director. ...

Adaptations

The movie was adapted into an episode of the 60 minute radio program Academy Award, with Bette Davis in the title role.


Releases

In 2006, Film historian Jeanine Basinger recorded a comprehensive scene by scene commentary as part of the re-issued DVD of the film. For the Manfred Mann album, see 2006 (album). ... Jeanine Basinger (born 1936) is Corwin-Fuller Professor of Film Studies and Founder and Curator of the Cinema Archives at Wesleyan University, Middletown, Connecticut. ... DVD (commonly known as Digital Versatile Disc or Digital Video Disc) is an optical disc storage media format that can be used for data storage, including movies with high video and sound quality. ...


In her commentary about Davis, Basinger relates that this film is distinctive in the realm of women's pictures because of Orry-Kelly's brilliant costume designs for the actress. Orry-Kelly was the professional name of John Orry Kelly (31 December 1897 - 27 February 1964), a prolific Hollywood costume designer. ...


Basinger states that the viewer is compelled to watch Davis in four stylings in particular: the riding crop/outfit in the beginning of the film, the scandalous scarlet red dress at the Olympus Ball, the virginal white dress she wears when she attempts to woo back Henry Fonda, and finally the cape at the end of the film she dons when she must go to help care for Fonda.


Basinger states that this was the performance at the height of Davis's career and that Jezebel is the quitessential American "woman's" film.


Awards

Wins:

Nominations: The Venice Film Festival (it: Mostra Internazionale dArte Cinematografica) is the oldest Film Festival in the World (began in the 1932) and takes place every year in late August/early September on the Lido di Venezia in the historic Palazzo del Cinema on the Lungomare Marconi, in Venice, Italy. ... Academy Award The Academy Awards, popularly known as the Oscars, are the most prominent and most watched film awards ceremony in the world. ... // The Academy Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role is one of the awards given to actresses, working in the motion picture industry by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences; nominations are made by Academy members who are actors and actresses. ... // The Academy Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role is one of the awards given to actresses working in the motion picture industry by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences; nominations are made by Academy members who are actors and actresses. ...

// The Academy Award for Best Motion Picture is one of the Academy Awards, awards given to people working in the motion picture industry by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, which are voted on by others within the industry. ... The Academy Award for Best Cinematography is awarded each year to a cinematographer for his work in one particular motion picture. ... As defined by Rule Sixteen of the Academy Awards Rules, the Academy Award for Original Music Score is presented to the best substantial body of music in the form of dramatic underscoring written specifically for the film by the submitting composer. ...

References

  • Dunning, John (1998). On the Air: The Encyclopedia of Old-Time Radio. New York: Oxford University Press. ISBN 0-19-507678-8. .

Footnotes

  1. ^ Jezebel at the Internet Movie Database.

The Internet Movie Database (IMDb) is an online database of information about movies, actors, television shows, production crew personnel, and video games. ...

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