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That Certain Woman1937

That Certain Woman (1937)





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Edmund Goulding directed this remake of his own 1929 The Trespasser, which starred Gloria Swanson. Here Bette Davis assumes the lead role of Mary Donnell, a young innocent married to a bootlegger. When her husband is killed, she decides to pursue a better life and gets a job as a secretary to attorney Lloyd Rogers (Ian Hunter). Lloyd falls in love with Mary but stoically keeps his feelings hidden from her. One of Lloyd's clients is the millionaire Merrick (Donald Crisp), whose playboy son Jack (Henry Fonda) falls in love with Mary. The two elope and take off on their honeymoon, but Merrick, who feels that Mary is not good enough for Jack, asks that the marriage be annulled. Jack reluctantly agrees and Mary goes back to her old job with Lloyd. But Mary finds that she is pregnant and has a baby boy. She swears Lloyd to secrecy concerning her child and Lloyd agrees. Meanwhile, Jack marries a woman of his own class, Flip (Anita Louise), but she is fatally injured in an automobile accident. Lloyd also falls ill and dies at Mary's feet --but not before confessing his love for Mary. When his will is read, it reveals that he has left Mary and her child a vast fortune. Lloyd's wife (Katherine Alexander) believes the baby boy is Lloyd's illegitimate child, and she tries to overturn the terms of the will. Jack hears about Mary's child, and she confesses that the child is actually his. Merrick then tries to have the baby taken away from Mary, contending that she is unfit to raise the baby. Unable to withstand Merrick's legal hammering, Mary offers the child to Jack and Flip. Mary, distraught after abandoning her baby, leaves on a European trip. While she is gone, Flip dies and Jack leaves for Europe to try to find her.

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Bette Davis
as Mary Donnell, aka Mrs. Al Haines
Henry Fonda
as Jack V. Merrick, Jr.
Ian Hunter
as Lloyd Rogers
Anita Louise
as Florence 'Flip' Carson Merrick
Donald Crisp
as Mr. Merrick
Hugh O'Connell
as Virgil Whitaker
Ben Welden
as Harry Aqueilli
Herbert Rawlinson
as Dr. Hartman
Dwane Day
as Jackie
John Hamilton
as American
Barry Downing
as Little Boy
Andre Rouseyrol
as French Boy
Cliff Saum
as Bus Conductor
Rosalind Marquis
as Hatcheck Girl
Claudia Simmons
as Switchboard Girl
Don Downen
as Elevator Man
Frank Darien
as Night Porter
Loia Cheaney
as Secretary
Frank Faylen
as Reporter
Paddy O'Flynn
as Reporter
Michael Lally
as Reporter
Ted Thompson
as Reporter
Jack Ryan
as Baggage Man
Andre Cheron
as Concierge
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Critic Reviews for That Certain Woman

All Critics (3)

Bette Davis, she suffers, and she suffers, and she gives, and she gives. But you can't blame her for the story. The director, Edmund Colliding, wrote it himself.

April 17, 2020 | Full Review…

It's rather an old story, but Bette Davis' high-tension performance gives it a certain vitality.

July 22, 2019 | Full Review…

If you like the pic, it's clearly because of Bette Davis.

May 17, 2011 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for That Certain Woman

Standard weepie elevated by Bette and Henry. Anita Louise steals her one scene with some of the best acting she ever did.

jay nixon
jay nixon

Super Reviewer

That Certain Woman starring my all time favorite Bette Davis from 1937 is a good Warner Bros film. This film teams Henry Fonda alongside Bette Davis as a couple whom face many obsticles. She has a passed with a man on the wrong side of the law and is not allowed to move on from it. Check this out film buffs!!!

Mason Williams
Mason Williams

Super Reviewer

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