Davis Bette Collection-Vo2

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Get your hands on this second collection of films starring the iconic Bette Davis. Films included in The Bette Davis Collection: Volume 2 are JEZEBEL, THE MAN WHO CAME TO DINNER, MARKED WOMAN, OLD ACQUAINTANCE, STARDUST: THE BETTE DAVIS STORY & WHATEVER HAPPENED TO BABY JANE?: 2-DISC SPECIAL EDITION.

JEZEBEL: Bette Davis plays a self-involved southern belle whose neurotic attempts to mold her fiance (Henry Fonda) to her own designs eventually bring about her tragic downfall.

THE MAN WHO CAME TO DINNER: A pompous lecturer is forced to spend the winter inside a prominent Ohio family's home due to injury and proceeds to meddle with the lives of everyone in the household.

MARKED WOMAN: Young assistant District Attorney uses a prostitute to indict gang of racketeers, its czar and his underlings.

OLD ACQUAINTANCE: This 1943 classic features Bette Davis in the role of Kit Marlowe, a famous author who tries to help her lifelong friend, Millie, become an author.

STARDUST: Biography of the enigmatic film star narrated by Susan Sarandon.

WHATEVER HAPPENED TO BABY JANE?: A far-fetched but thoroughly engaging black comedy of two faded movie stars; one is a cripple at the mercy of her demented sister, Baby Jane Hudson. A chilling masterpiece in terror, madness and macabre characterizations. This is the 2-Disc Special Edition version of the film, which makes The Bette Davis Collection: Volume 2 a 7-Disc Set!

Specifications

Studio Warner
SKU 202439591
UPC 012569753372
UPC 14 00012569753372
Format DVD
Release Date 5/30/2006
Aspect Ratio
Pan and Scan/Widescreen  1.33:1 [4:3]/1.37:1
Cast & Crew
Ann Sheridan - [Man] Actor
Bette Davis - [All] Actor
Dolores Moran - [Old] Actor
Donald Crisp - [Jezebel] Actor
Eduardo Ciannelli - [Marked] Actor
Fay Bainter - [Jezebel] Actor
Henry Fonda - [Jezebel] Actor
Humphrey Bogart - [Marked] Actor
Jimmy Durante - [Man] Actor
Joan Crawford - [Jane] Actor
John Loder - [Old] Actor
Julie Allred - [Jane] Actor
Lloyd Bacon - [Marked] Director
Lola Lane - [Marked] Actor
Miriam Hopkins - [Old] Actor
Peter Jones - [Stardust] Director
Richard Travis - [Man] Actor
Robert Aldrich - [Jane] Director
Susan Sarandon - [Stardust] Narrated By
Vincent Sherman - [Old] Director
Wesley Addy - [Jane] Actor
William Keighley - [Man] Director
William Wyler - [Jezebel] Director
Awards
Nominee (1963) Cannes Film Festival, Robert Aldrich, [Jane] Golden Palm Award,Oscar, Bette Davis, [Jane] Best Actress in a Leading Role
Winner (1963) Oscar, Norma Koch, [Jane] Best Costume Design, Black-and-White
Nominee (1939) Oscar, Hal B. Wallis, Henry Blanke, [Jezebel] Best Picture
Winner (1939) Oscar, Bette Davis, [Jezebel] Best Actress in a Leading Role,Oscar, Fay Bainter, [Jezebel] Best Actress in a Supporting Role
Winner (1937) Venice Film Festival, Bette Davis, [Marked] Best Actress - Volpi Cup
Nominee (1937) Venice Film Festival, Lloyd Bacon, [Marked] Mussolini Cup
Reviews
ReviewSource Classic Film Guide
Review [Marked] Directed by Lloyd Bacon, and written by Abem Finkel and Robert Rossen, this above average crime drama is based on the real life story of mobster Lucky Luciano, who was eventually convicted for pandering by several prostitutes formerly within his employ. Bette Davis plays the title character (though "the mark" isn't revealed until the film is almost over), Mary Dwight Strauber, opposite Humphrey Bogart as the young ambitious District Attorney David Graham and Eduardo Ciannelli (who else?) as the mob boss and club owner Johnny Vanning. Lola Lane, Isabel Jewell, Rosalind Marquis, and Mayo Methot play Mary's roommates and fellow nightclub hostesses; Jane Bryan plays her younger sister Betty, a college student that Mary supports while keeping her profession a secret.
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Reviewer
ReviewRating 9
ReviewSource Epinions.com
Review [Jezebel] There is an historical basis for Jezebel. There were some 8,000 deaths from yellow fever during a New Orleans outbreak in 1853. However, the depiction of Southern slaves seems tailored more to 1930s prejudices.It was an important early career leading role for Henry Fonda. Fonda's Preston has the same righteous determination that would become characteristic of his performances. Davis, of course, is well suited for playing Julie as being willful and malicious. Julie's drastic character turn, while inspired by tumultuous events, seems exaggerated.
ReviewDate
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Reviewer Brian Koller
ReviewRating 8
ReviewSource Fantastic Movie Musings and Ramblings
Review [Jane] I've never really been a fan of Bette Davis, but I do have to admit she gives one hell of a performance in this movie, as does Victor Buono as the somewhat decrepit musician she befriends. I'm less impressed with Joan Crawford, but in all fairness, she doesn't have the good role. This movie marks the beginning of a truly odd subgenre of horror films which found challenging roles for actresses that were most likely considered over-the-hill at that time, and there's no doubt there is a lot of dimension to the grotesque character of Baby Jane in this movie, and it gave both actresses a new phase in their career, though only Davis would really pull it off; Crawford would end up in the likes of Berserk and Trog.
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Reviewer Dave Sindelar
ReviewRating 8
ReviewSource Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Review [Man] A witty screwball comedy based on the play by Moss Hart & George Kaufman; the acidy screenplay is by twin brothers Julius J. Epstein & Philip G. Epstein. It's based loosely on waspish theater critic Alexander Woollcott (Woolley), while it caricatures other showbiz characters such as Noel Coward (Gardiner), Harpo Marx (Durante) and Tallulah Bankhead/Gertrude Lawrence (Sheridan). Its only problem is the uninspired helmsmanship by William Keighley but, nevertheless, the great cast mirthfully brings on the savage dialogue and relishes in the malicious nature of the satire.
ReviewDate
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Reviewer Dennis Schwartz
ReviewRating 8
Features
DVD, No Longer Produced
Quotes
Alex Sandell, Juicy Cerebellum [Jane] A chilling, disturbing movie.
Joel Meares, FilmCritic.com [Jane] ...as close to genre perfection as one is likely to come.
Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress [Marked] Hard hitting Warner Bros. gangland drama with a dream cast.
Leonard Maltin's Movie & Video Guide [Jezebel] Fine production, entire cast excellent.

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