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Tookey's Rating
9 /10
 
Average Rating
8.93 /10
 
Starring
Bette Davis , Herbert Marshall, James Stephenson
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Directed by: William Wyler
Written by: Howard Koch from W.Somerset Maugham's novel

 
 
 
Released: 1940
   
Genre: DRAMA
REMAKE
ROMANCE
THRILLER
   
Origin: US
   
Length: 95
 
 


 
Murderous adultress (Bette Davis, pictured left) attempts to evade legal penalties by pleading self-defence.
Reviewed by Chris Tookey

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Bette Davis at her best in this tale of steamy passion and intrigue among Malayan rubber-planters.

Somerset Maugham’s story survives the Hollywood studio treatment intact (except for a bowdlerised ending), and all concerned were at the height of their powers: from director William Wyler through to composer Max Steiner, who contributed one of his most haunting scores, which was Oscar-nominated along with Tony Gaudio's cinematography and George Amy and Warren Low's editing. An all-time-great.

Sample line... "Yes, I killed him. And I'm glad, I tell you. Glad, glad, glad!"


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