In This Our Life

In This Our Life

Director: John Huston Cast: Bette Davis, Olivia de Havilland, George Brent

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In This Our Life is not a "for the ages" classic of the Golden Age of Cinema, but as a highly effective and entertaining melodrama, it more than fits the bill. Howard Koch's screenplay is a trifle predictable, but it's well structured and provides the requisite juicy roles for its pair of female stars. It also provides a number of little surprises -- a sympathetic and (for the time) non-stereotypical portrayal of a black character and two characters living not only in sin but adulterously so -- that give it some distinction. The script's main drawback is its initial lack of focus; it doesn't seem to quite know exactly what its story is and where the real conflict will lie. Ultimately, this doesn't really matter, for John Huston knows where it's going, and he shepherds the story along very efficiently, throwing in a little social commentary here, heightening the atmosphere there, tossing in a hint of the unsavory elsewhere. Although he doesn't really know what to do with the male actors (save for Charles Coburn and Frank Craven, each of whom is just right in entirely different ways), he handles the women in exactly the right way, including Billie Burke as the coddling, neurotic mother. It's Bette Davis, of course, who gets the showiest role, and she sinks her teeth into it and plays it for all it's worth. It's a great Davis performance, but she's still outdone by Olivia de Havilland, whose quiet, understated work anchors the film and ultimately makes the greater impression. It's terribly fine film acting, and immensely satisfying.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/23/2016
UPC: 0888574432522
Original Release: 1942
Source: Warner Archives
Presentation: [Full Frame]
Time: 1:37:00
Sales rank: 2,669

Special Features

Commentary by Film Historian Jeanine Basinger; Warner Night at the Movies 1942; Short Subjects Gallery; Vintage Newsreel; Technicolor Patriotic Short March On, America!; Technicolor Musical Short Spanish Fiesta; Classic Cartoon Who's Who at the Zoo; Trailers of In This Our Life and 1942's Desperate Journey

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Bette Davis Stanley Timberlake
Olivia de Havilland Roy Timberlake
George Brent Craig Fleming
Dennis Morgan Peter Kingsmill
Charles Coburn William Fitzroy
Frank Craven Asa Timberlake
Hattie McDaniel Minerva Clay
Billie Burke Lavinia Timberlake
Lee Patrick Betty Wilmouth
Mary Servoss Charlotte Fitzroy
Ernest Anderson Parry Clay
William B. Davidson Jim Purdy
Edward Fielding Dr. Buchanan
John Hamilton Inspector
William Forrest Ranger
Mary Astor Actor
Jester Hairston Actor
Freddie Jackson Actor
Fred Kelsey Actor
Sammy "Sunshine" Morrison Actor
Lee Phelps Policeman
Eddie Acuff Worker
Al Bridge Worker
Walter Brooke Cab driver
Elisha Cook Roadhouse Customer
Dudley Dickerson Waiter
Ruth Ford Young mother
Herbert Heywood Worker
Walter Huston Bartender
Reid Kilpatrick Announcer
Sam McDaniel Man
Billy Mitchell Man
George H. Reed Butler
Napoleon Simpson Man
Elliott Sullivan Worker
Billy Wayne Customer
Ira Buck Woods Man
Walter S. Baldwin Worker

Technical Credits
John Huston Director,Screenwriter
Robert Burks Special Effects
David Lewis Associate Producer
Leo F. Forbstein Musical Direction/Supervision
Robert M. Haas Art Director
Ernest Haller Cinematographer
Byron Haskin Special Effects
William Holmes Editor
Orry Kelly Costumes/Costume Designer
Peter Howard Screenwriter
Orry-Kelly Costumes/Costume Designer
Max Steiner Score Composer
Hal B. Wallis Executive Producer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- In This Our Life
1. Desperate Journey Theatrical Trailer [2:59]
1. Newsreel [7:14]
1. March On, America! [20:35]
1. Spanish Fiesta [18:53]
1. Who's Who in the Zoo [7:09]
1. Credits [1:05]
2. Hard Times [4:00]
3. No Time for Sentiment [4:49]
4. What's Happened To Us? [3:06]
5. No Strings [4:58]
6. Missing [3:50]
7. Just as Hard [2:15]
8. We've Got To Be Happy [2:30]
9. Between Ourselves [4:13]
10. Wedding Celebration [5:14]
11. Unexpectedly Good Wife [2:13]
12. Setting Another Fire [3:08]
13. Unhappy Couple [2:09]
14. Offers Refused and Accepted [3:49]
15. Sad News [2:58]
16. Sister's Comfort [4:20]
17. Others People's Happiness [1:45]
18. What We Want We Get [3:12]
19. Hit and Run [5:28]
20. Pointing to Parry [4:03]
21. All This Defense [3:55]
22. The Truth [3:00]
23. No Use In This World [3:59]
24. Confession [2:58]
25. Die for all I Care [4:40]
26. Speeding Toward Death [4:13]
27. Cast List [4:03]
1. Chapter 1 [1:05]
2. Chapter 2 [4:00]
3. Chapter 3 [4:49]
4. Chapter 4 [3:06]
5. Chapter 5 [4:58]
6. Chapter 6 [3:50]
7. Chapter 7 [2:15]
8. Chapter 8 [2:30]
9. Chapter 9 [4:13]
10. Chapter 10 [5:14]
11. Chapter 11 [2:13]
12. Chapter 12 [3:08]
13. Chapter 13 [2:09]
14. Chapter 14 [3:49]
15. Chapter 15 [2:58]
16. Chapter 16 [4:20]
17. Chapter 17 [1:45]
18. Chapter 18 [3:12]
19. Chapter 19 [5:28]
20. Chapter 20 [4:03]
21. Chapter 21 [3:55]
22. Chapter 22 [3:00]
23. Chapter 23 [3:59]
24. Chapter 24 [2:58]
25. Chapter 25 [4:40]
26. Chapter 26 [4:13]
27. Chapter 27 [4:03]
28. Chapter 28 [:36]
1. Desperate Journey Theatrical Trailer [2:59]
1. Newsreel [7:14]
1. March On, America! [20:35]
1. Spanish Fiesta [18:53]
1. Who's Who in the Zoo [7:09]

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