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Mr Skeffington [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

Bette Davis , Claude Rains , Vincent Sherman    DVD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Bette Davis, Claude Rains, Walter Abel, George Coulouris, Richard Waring
  • Directors: Vincent Sherman
  • Writers: Julius J. Epstein, Philip G. Epstein, Elizabeth von Arnim
  • Producers: Jack L. Warner, Julius J. Epstein, Philip G. Epstein
  • Format: Black & White, Closed-captioned, DVD-Video, Subtitled, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Unrated (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: 14 Jun 2005
  • Run Time: 146 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0008ENIDO
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 112,120 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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4.8 out of 5 stars
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mr Skeffingto meets Ms Davis 3 Oct 2005
Format:DVD
They sure don't make films like this and I doubt they would. Bette is amazing as a new york socialite, broke but flirtatious who marries her brother's boss for security (Claude Rains). It is melodramatic, romantic, comic and a perfect sunday afternoon movie. Not in the same league as jezebel or all about eve but certainly a class above the dross of bland leading ladies we have to contend with now.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars brill 7 Nov 2009
Format:DVD
really wonderful ,a mixture of humour and pathos.bette as the ageless fanny skeffington until ravaged by diphtheria (ending up looking a bit like baby jane)and claude rains as the ever suffering husband.perfect to sit down and watch on a rainy sunday.really underrated jewel of a film with a feel good bittersweet ending.a must.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Bette classic . 8 Feb 2008
Format:DVD
The previous review says it all ! . A fabulous film that takes you through all the emotions . Top class performances from Bette Davis and Claude Rains , with good support from George Brent . One of my favourite Bette Davis films .
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
By J. Lovins TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
Warner Bros. Pictures presents "MR. SKEFFINGTON" (1944) (145 min/B&W) -- Starring: Bette Davis, Claude Rains, Walter Abel, George Coulouris, Richard Waring, Marjorie Riordan, Robert Shayne, John Alexander, Jerome Cowan, Johnny Mitchell, Dorothy Peterson, Peter Whitney, Bill Kennedy

Directed by Vincent Sherman

The incomparable Bette Davis and the always-charming Claude Rains, in one of those good, solid melodramas - they make quite a marvelous screen pair, both pros from the old school of acting. Their voices, accents, speech patterns are classic, also mesmerizing in this film.

"Mr. Skeffington" is a classic. The film is over two hours, it keeps your interest and a worthwhile film to see. It also features excellent performances by Walter Abel, George Coulouris, and Marjorie Riordan.

Nominated Oscar for Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Claude Rains), Best Actress in a Leading Role (Bette Davis)

Another in a long list of wonderful melodramas, "Mr. Skeffington" is a very good classic film that I fear has been forgotten throughout the years. Its performances and adequately compelling story are enough to recommend it to classic film lovers, particularly those who are fans of Bette Davis or Claude Rains.

* Special Footnote: -- Bette Davis was not the first choice for the role of Fanny. The part was first offered first to Merle Oberon and then to Hedy Lamarr who both turned it down.

** Another Special Footnote: -- Bette Davis' final Oscar-nominated performance while under contract with Warner Brothers.

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1. Vincent Sherman [aka: Abraham Orovitz] (Director)
Date of Birth: 16 July 1906 - Vienna, Georgia
Date of Death: 18 June 2006 - Woodland Hills, Los Angeles, California

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4.0 out of 5 stars Age Before Beauty 27 Jun 2011
Format:DVD
We appear to be living in a world were appearance is everything; plastic surgery and hair replacement (it's a wig) are becoming the norm - `Brazil' here we come. Although the issue is hurtling along faster than ever it has reared its (plastic) ugly head for decades, as `Mr Skeffington' shows. When will people realise that beauty is only skin deep and that you have to like yourself before anyone else will? Who better to push this positive message than Bette Davies, herself a woman not of `generic' beauty, but fantastic none the less?

Fanny is a flighty young woman who spends her days being admired by a series of young suitors. When her brother gets into financial debt she is forced to marry the rich Jewish business man Mr Skeffington. Whilst married she continues to play with other men's feeling and ignores her husband and later her daughter. What will happen in Mrs Skeffington's future when her youthful looks are no more?

`Mr Skeffington' is classic melodrama and is Davies once more at her best. Reluctant to take the part of a the greatly admired Fanny, Davies is utterly convincing and her class shines through making her more beautiful than a thousand pretty, but bland, actresses. Claude Rains is also great as the stoic Mr Skeffington, bringing dignity to a part that could have come across as weak willed. Davies and Rains worked together several times and their chemistry shows. The plot if a slow burner and it takes a huge build up to the final payoff, but it is worth it. The message the film portrays is as valid today as it was in 1944, if not more so. A classic melodrama.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Mr Skeffington 15 Jan 2014
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Quite enjoyable but have seen better films starring Bette Davies. OK for a night in by the fire and a nice bottle of wine.!
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4.0 out of 5 stars A LITTLE DATED 4 Dec 2013
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A REASONABLE FILM AS YOU WOULD EXPECT FROM THE LIKES OF BETTE DAVIS AND CLAUDE RAINS, BUT NOT I THINK ONE OF THERE BEST TERRY
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5.0 out of 5 stars mr skeffington 30 Oct 2013
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Once again, Bette Davis plays a superb character called Fanny and it is a wonderful film. Very moving and this would be a good watch for other Bette fans
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5.0 out of 5 stars a must buy
I wanted to shake Mr Skeffington for taking it all on the chin
I wanted to slap Mrs """""" for being such a toad
Published 6 months ago by Beryl Lindley
5.0 out of 5 stars A gem
This is one of my favourite films, which I caught years ago on tv.
It's a very UNDER-rated film, in my opinion, with Bette Davis on sparkling form, and the marvellous (... Read more
Published 8 months ago by EnglishMiss
5.0 out of 5 stars Black and while film
I loved the style of film. No special effects, killing, crashing or bad language. Whole film based on good acting and excellent script.
Published 11 months ago by molly omara
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT FILM
Loved this film, a good feature length film, can relax and watch it over an afternoon, Betty Davis is such a good actress, and plays this role superbly.
Published 12 months ago by Harriet Monaghan
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
One of my favourite films of all time! Claude Raines gives such a sensitive performance that I always cry, despite having viewed the film on countless occasions. Read more
Published 16 months ago by kath loveys
5.0 out of 5 stars Am oldie, but goodie!
I bought this film for a family member,who does not have a Amazon account, but again,I am happy to order from Amazon because you always seem to have what I want! Read more
Published 23 months ago by Mr. M. K. Johnson
5.0 out of 5 stars Mr Skeffington
A great dvd Starring Miss Bette Davis,and a great performance from the Actress,great performance,s from all the
cast. Read more
Published on 17 Feb 2012 by Mr. David Harvie
5.0 out of 5 stars classic
This a classic film which I have not seen in years,I will enjoy watching it.
Published on 8 April 2010 by ipac22
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