Dark Victory [Blu-ray] [1939]

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Special Features

  • Commentary by film historian James Urisini and CNN film critic Paul Clinton
  • Warner Night at the Movies with the Roaring Twenties theatrical trailer
  • Vintage newsreel
  • Old Hickory short
  • Robinhood Makes Good cartoon
  • 1939: tough competiton for Dark Victory featurette
  • 1/8/1940 Lux Radio Theater broadcast starring Bette Davis and Spencer Tracy
  • Theatrical trailer


Dark Victory
Bette Davis earned an Oscar nomination for her role in this classic four-hanky tearjerker. Judith Traherne (Bette Davis) is a very wealthy Long Island heiress whose life is a constant whirl of cocktails, parties, and wild living. Despite her hedonistic lifestyle, Judith derives little pleasure from life except for her horses, cared for by stable master Michael O'Leary (Humphrey Bogart). When Judith begins suffering from headaches and dizzy spells, Dr. Frederick Steele (George Brent) gives her the bad news: she has a brain tumor that could threaten her life if not treated immediately. Judith consents to surgery, and Frederick informs her that the operation was a success. A grateful Judith quickly falls in love with Frederick, and they plan to marry. However, the tumor returns, and when Judith discovers that she has only a few months to live, she calls off the wedding, convinced that Frederick is marrying her only as an act of pity for a dying woman. A major success and perennial favorite, Dark Victory was later remade as Stolen Hours with Susan Hayward and as a TV movie starring Elizabeth Montgomery. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

Cast & Crew

  • Bette Davis
    Bette Davis - Judith Traherne
  • George Brent
    George Brent - Dr. Frederick Steele
  • Humphrey Bogart
    Humphrey Bogart - Michael O'Leary
  • Geraldine Fitzgerald
    Geraldine Fitzgerald - Ann King
  • Ronald Reagan
    Ronald Reagan - Alec Hamin
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