George Arliss is a concert pianist who loses his hearing in an explosion. After learning to read lips he overcomes depression and despair by using his new talent to eavesdrop and help strangers overcome their own misfortune. With Bette Davis in an early supporting role.
This early talkie from legendary director William Wyler stars Walter Huston as the father of meek Kent Douglass, who falls in love with Dad’s mail-order bride, Helen Chandler. Excellent work from Huston as always with surprising heat and chemistry from the two young co-stars.
James Cagney stars in Warner Bros. fast-paced Jimmy the Gent (1934), made all the faster by Cagney’s own frenzied performance. Bette Davis co-stars in an underwhelming role while Alan Dinehart excels in his part as rival “Heir Chaser.” Directed by Michael Curtiz and also featuring Allen Jenkins and Alice White.
A collection of clippings tracing the early career of Bette Davis from 1928 in Rochester through Broadway and into Hollywood in late 1930. Articles and ads for plays and films included with commentary.
Brief impressions of A WICKED WOMAN starring Mady Christians, George Brent, Ann Dvorak and Bette Davis in HOUSEWIFE, Brent and Davis again in FRONT PAGE WOMAN, and Douglas Fairbanks, Jr. and Genevieve Tobin in SUCCESS AT ANY PRICE.
A guest post by Camiele White takes a look at the early Bette Davis, focusing on The Bad Sister and especially her breakout in Of Human Bondage, and how those roles defined the iconic actress to the author.
A page from Liberty Magazine, November 10, 1946, shows a seated Bette Davis bracing to receive a pie to the face from dancer Johnny Coy, all in the spirit of celebrating V-J Day.
A review of the Depression era pre-code classic Three on a Match starring Ann Dvorak and a host of familiar faces including young Bette Davis and Humphrey Bogart. Illustrated with movie collectibles.
A biography of film legend Bette Davis accompanied by images of Bette Davis Movie Cards and Movie Collectibles.