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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 -

Revenue -

Homepage -

Release Information

  • March 19, 1938



Cast 16

  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. Mary Field

    Mary Field
    Woman at the Olympus Ball (uncredited)

Crew 13


  1. RM

    Robert M. Haas
    Art Direction


  1. EH

    Ernest Haller
    Director of Photography

Costume & Make-Up

  1. O

    Costume Design


  1. William Wyler

    William Wyler


  1. WL

    Warren Low


  1. William Wyler

    William Wyler

  2. HB

    Hal B. Wallis
    Executive Producer


  1. MS

    Max Steiner
    Original Music Composer


  1. John Huston

    John Huston

  2. RB

    Robert Buckner

  3. AF

    Abem Finkel

  4. CR

    Clements Ripley

  5. Owen Davis

    Owen Davis
    Theatre Play

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