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The casting for this movie, and the high quality of performances, really is spot-on, and stands out every viewing. From - of course - the three leads (Davis, Henreid, Rains), to Gladys Cooper as Charlotte's mother, Ilka Chase as C's sister-in-law, Bonita Granville as C's niece, Janis Wilson (who I realize many find OTT, though I've always loved her and think she does a terrific job) as Jerry's daughter Tina, Mary Wickes https://www.themoviedb.org/person/20624-mary-wickes/discuss/5d3f6c4834e1525defe99820?language=en-US as nurse Dora, Lee Patrick as a friend made on the cruise, Katharine Alexander as Miss Trask at the sanitarium, Frank Puglia as the taxi driver - and pretty much everyone else.

Of the mentioned individuals, I always find the mother-daughter characters that Ilka Chase and Bonita Granville portray, as well as the character that Mary Wickes portrays, especially a pleasure, anytime they're on screen. Each woman gives a beautifully nuanced entirely believable appealing performance, that perfectly "nails" a fully dimensional character. Regarding Granville's character, spunky niece June, in a different young actress' hands she could, and likely would, have been strictly a bullying jerk, though as portrayed by ever-superb Granville she's somehow actually thoroughly likeable and delightful, and you realize she simply has a misguided sense of humour.

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One of my favourite Bette Davis films and this is largely down to the superb cast working alongside her. Gladys Cooper in particular is brilliant as one of the screen's great monstrous mothers.

I must confess I fall on the negative side of the fence re Janis Wilson, who is nails on a chalkboard to me in this film... that's a minor complaint, however, as everybody else is quite marvellous.

I re-watched this in recent hours, first time in a few or so years. This movie sure does continue to "wear" outstandingly.

God forbid Gladys Cooper's destructively willful Mrs. Vale in this! What a marvelous performance! Mrs. Vale is one seriously awful piece of work - quite the soul-sucking vampire - though in her mind she no doubt somehow actually believes she's a good mother!

Love this film, mainly because of Davis. I love all of her early films.


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