Dark Victory


Action / Drama / Romance

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Humphrey Bogart Photo
Humphrey Bogart as Michael O'Leary
Bette Davis Photo
Bette Davis as Judith Traherne
Ronald Reagan Photo
Ronald Reagan as Alec
George Brent Photo
George Brent as Dr. Frederick Steele
808.09 MB
English 2.0
23.976 fps
1 hr 44 min
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Reviewed by whpratt18 / 10

Great Dramatic Film

This is definitely a tear-jerker involving a young socialite Judith Traherne, (Betty Davis) who is full of life and an only child who gets her own way all the time, but is well liked by everyone. Judith loves horses and enjoys riding them and performing with them in various horse shows. The trainer of these horses is Michael O'Leary, (Humphrey Bogart) who loves his work and likes Judith because of her love for animals. One day Judith is riding her horse and her vision becomes blurred and she sees double and falls off the horse. It seems Judy is having bad headaches but does not mention it to anyone and her own doctor refers her to a Dr. Frederick Steele, (George Brent) who is a brain surgeon. Ronald Reagan appears in this film as a playboy drunk who is always drinking. Great performance by all the actors, but bring the tissue box, you will need it.

Reviewed by Doylenf7 / 10

Supreme tear-jerker is skillfully handled...

There are three central performances in DARK VICTORY that deserve praise for their sincerity and complete believability--BETTE DAVIS as the spoiled heiress, GEORGE BRENT as the doctor who falls in love with her and GERALDINE FITZGERALD as the conscience of the story, feeling pity and love for her dearest friend.

Davis trounces around through the first half to show us what kind of energy and volatility is flaring beneath the surface--so full of life that when she realizes her illness bears the stamp of "prognosis negative", it's a shock to the audience as well as the actress. She's at her level best in all of the quieter moments--and never more impressive than in the final ten minutes of the film where her character must face the impending death with dignity and the knowledge that she has her husband's love and her best friend's devotion.

The scene in the garden with Fitzgerald at her side is the most luminous in the entire film. It's worth waiting for just to watch two great actresses at work.

Max Steiner's score is fitting at all times--even in the final moments when Bette goes up the stairs accompanied by his melancholy main theme. Edmund Goulding gets sensitive work from his entire cast--with the exception of Ronald Reagan who is given absolutely nothing in the way of character development except to look tipsy in every scene. To say that he is wasted is an understatement. So too is Henry Travers as the doctor who brought Davis into the world. Humphrey Bogart has been criticized for his Irish accent, but he's at least acceptable in a minor role as a horse trainer.

But the three central performances are what hold the film together--and make what is essentially a sob story work so beautifully.

Trivia: George Brent is very effective in the doctor role that was first offered to Basil Rathbone, but then withdrew after a very bad screen test in the part convinced the studio (and Rathbone) that he was all wrong for the role.

Reviewed by MartinHafer8 / 10

A tad overrated, but good

This film has one of the best reputations of any of Bette Davis' films and I just can't see why. I'm not saying it's bad, but it is only average AND she did so many better films. I think I mostly feel this way because I am not a fan of "disease film" where the brave and plucky lady waits for the inevitable. I didn't like it here and I didn't like it in Steel Magnolias or Terms of Endearment. In all three cases, the story just seemed contrived and overdone. Ms. Davis' performance is at times exceptional and other times it seems a bit histrionic and over-the-top. Why can't people just get sick and die in movies like everyone else?

Also, Humphrey Bogart makes an appearance, but he is so miscast as an Irishman(!) and forgettable, you may have to strain to notice him. Plus, his accent seems to come and go--the part is simply outside his acting range, poor Humphrey!

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