Spoiled, strong-willed New Orleans belle Julie Marsden (Bette Davis) is engaged to banker Preston 'Pres' Dillard (Henry Fonda). In retaliation for Pres refusing to drop his work and accompany her while she shops for a dress, she orders a brazen red one for the most important ball of the year, one where white dresses for unmarried women are expected. All of Julie's friends are shocked, but no one can convince her to give up her whim.At the Olympus ball, every woman on the floor is dressed in white. Pres and Julie's entrance is met with shock and disdain by all present. She finally realizes the magnitude of her social blunder and begs Pres to take her away, but by this time, he is implacable. He forces her to dance with him. All the other dancers leave the floor, finally leaving them alone. When the orchestra stops playing at the instruction of one of the ball's sponsors, Pres orders the conductor to continue. Pres and Julie finish the dance alone, with the assemblage looking on.

Movie Data


Status Released

Original Language English

Runtime 1h 43m

Budget $1,250,000.00

Revenue -

Homepage -

Release Information

  • March 19, 1938



Cast 48

  1. Bette Davis

    Bette Davis
    Julie Marsden

  2. Henry Fonda

    Henry Fonda
    Preston Dillard

  3. George Brent

    George Brent
    Buck Cantrell

  4. Margaret Lindsay

    Margaret Lindsay
    Amy Bradford Dillard

  5. Donald Crisp

    Donald Crisp
    Dr. Livingstone

  6. Fay Bainter

    Fay Bainter
    Aunt Belle Massey

  7. Richard Cromwell

    Richard Cromwell
    Ted Dillard

  8. Henry O'Neill

    Henry O'Neill
    General Theopholus Bogardus

  9. Spring Byington

    Spring Byington
    Mrs. Kendrick

  10. John Litel

    John Litel
    Jean La Cour

  11. Irving Pichel
  12. Theresa Harris
  13. Janet Shaw

    Janet Shaw
    Molly Allen

  14. ME

    Margaret Early
    Stephanie Kendrick

  15. LP

    Lou Payton
    Uncle Cato

  16. Gordon Oliver

    Gordon Oliver
    Dick Allen

  17. Eddie 'Rochester' Anderson
  18. Matthew 'Stymie' Beard
  19. Georges Renavent

    Georges Renavent
    De Lautruc

  20. Mary Field

    Mary Field
    Woman at the Olympus Ball (uncredited)

  21. Amzie Strickland

    Amzie Strickland
    Woman at the Olympus Ball (uncredited)

  22. Trevor Bardette

    Trevor Bardette
    Sheriff at Plantation (uncredited)

  23. Al Bridge

    Al Bridge
    New Orleans Sheriff (uncredited)

  24. MB

    Maurice Brierre
    Drunk (uncredited)

  25. JN

    Jack Norton
    Drunk (uncredited)

  26. TP

    Tony Paton
    Drunk (uncredited)

  27. DB

    Daisy Bufford
    Flower Girl (uncredited)

  28. Frederick Burton

    Frederick Burton
    First Director (uncredited)

  29. Edward McWade

    Edward McWade
    Second Director (uncredited)

  30. Georgia Caine

    Georgia Caine
    Mrs. Petion (uncredited)

  31. Davison Clark

    Davison Clark
    Deputy Sheriff (uncredited)

  32. Ann Codee

    Ann Codee
    Madame Poulard (uncredited)

  33. Frank Darien

    Frank Darien
    Bookkeeper (uncredited)

  34. SD

    Suzanne Dulier
    Midinette (uncredited)

  35. JG

    Jack George
    Orchestra Leader (uncredited)

  36. JG

    Jesse Graves
    Servant (uncredited)

  37. George Guhl

    George Guhl
    Fugitive Planter (uncredited)

  38. JH

    John Harron
    Jenkins (uncredited)

  39. Stuart Holmes

    Stuart Holmes
    Doctor at Duel (uncredited)

  40. PH

    Philip Hurlic
    Erronens (uncredited)

  41. FL

    Fred Lawrence
    Bob (uncredited)

  42. Sam McDaniel

    Sam McDaniel
    Driver (uncredited)

  43. LM

    Louis Mercier
    Bar Companion (uncredited)

  44. GS

    George Sorel
    Bar Companion (uncredited)

  45. Charles Middleton

    Charles Middleton
    Officer (uncredited)

  46. CS

    Cliff Saum
    Ball Assistant Director (uncredited)

  47. JV

    Jacques Vanaire
    Durette (uncredited)

  48. CW

    Charles Wagenheim
    Customer (uncredited)

Crew 29


  1. RM

    Robert M. Haas
    Art Direction


  1. EH

    Ernest Haller
    Director of Photography

  2. AR

    Al Roberts
    Camera Operator

Costume & Make-Up

  1. O

    Costume Design

  2. MD

    Margaret Donovan

  3. HL

    Hal Lierley

  4. FM

    Fred M. MacLean
    Set Dressing Artist

  5. EJ

    Eugene Joseff
    Costume Design


  1. John Huston

    John Huston
    Second Unit

  2. AS

    Audrey Scott

  3. DS

    Dalton S. Reymond
    Technical Supervisor

  4. SS

    Sally Sage
    Stand In


  1. William Wyler

    William Wyler

  2. AL

    Arthur Lueker
    Assistant Director


  1. WL

    Warren Low


  1. William Wyler

    William Wyler

  2. HB

    Hal B. Wallis
    Executive Producer

  3. RF

    Robert Fellows
    Unit Manager

  4. HB

    Henry Blanke
    Associate Producer


  1. MS

    Max Steiner
    Original Music Composer

  2. RB
  3. LF

    Leo F. Forbstein
    Music Director

  4. HF

    Hugo Friedhofer


  1. John Huston

    John Huston

  2. RB

    Robert Buckner

  3. AF

    Abem Finkel

  4. CR

    Clements Ripley

  5. Owen Davis

    Owen Davis
    Theatre Play

  6. LF

    Louis F. Edelman

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