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Dark Victory (1939)

aka Dark Victory

""I've Crammed EVERY MINUTE SO FULL of waste. And now there's so little time. I don't know what to do. I'm afraid!""

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Details: 104 mins · English, Deutsch

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Cast:

Small Judith Traherne
Small Dr. Frederick Steele
Small Michael O'Leary
Small Ann King
Small Alec
Small Dr. Parsons
No_movie_poster Carrie
Small Miss Wainwright
Small Martha
No_movie_poster Colonel Mantle
Small Dr. Carter
No_movie_poster Dr. Driscoll
Small Miss Dodd
No_movie_poster Lucy

Crew:

No_movie_poster Ernest Haller Director of Photography
No_movie_poster Max Steiner Original Music Composer
No_movie_poster Casey Robinson Screenplay
Small Edmund Goulding Director
No_movie_poster William Holmes Editor
No_movie_poster George Emerson Brewer Jr. Theatre Play
No_movie_poster Bertram Bloch Theatre Play
No_movie_poster Hal B. Wallis Production
No_movie_poster William Holmes Editing

Taglines:

""I've Crammed EVERY MINUTE SO FULL of waste. And now there's so little time. I don't know what to do. I'm afraid!""

"I've Crammed EVERY MINUTE SO FULL of waste. And now there's so little time. I don't know what to do. I'm afraid!"

Plot:

Judith Traherne (Bette Davis) is a young, carefree, hedonistic Long Island socialite/heiress with a passion for horses, fast cars, and too much smoking and drinking. She initially ignores severe headaches and brief episodes of dizziness and double vision, but when she uncharacteristically takes a spill while riding, and then tumbles down a flight of stairs, her secretary/best friend Ann King (Geraldine Fitzgerald) insists she see the family doctor, who refers her to a specialist.

Dr. Frederick Steele (George Brent) is in the midst of closing his New York City office in preparation of a move to Brattleboro, Vermont, where he plans to devote his time to brain cell research and scientific study on their growth. He reluctantly agrees to see Judith, who is cold and openly antagonistic toward him. She shows signs of short-term memory loss, but dismisses her symptoms. Steele convinces her the ailments she is experiencing are serious and potentially life-threatening, and puts his career plans on hold to tend to her.

When diagnostic tests confirm his suspicions, Judith agrees to surgery to remove a malignant brain tumor. Steele discovers the tumor cannot be completely removed, and realizes she has less than a year to live. The end will be painless but swift—shortly after experiencing total blindness, Judith will die.

In order to allow her a few more months of happiness, Steele opts to keep the diagnosis a secret and assures Judith and Ann the surgery was a success. Ann is suspicious and confronts Steele, who admits the truth. She agrees to remain silent.

Release Dates:

DVD : 1997-09-23