SERIES AT A GLANCE
All shows $9.50 general admission, $7.50 w/college ID; $6.50 seniors & children under 12. All shows before 5:00 PM are $7.50 bargain matinees.

Mon 7/14 + Tue 7/15Double Feature!
All About Eve
Mon at 2:30
Tue at 2:00, 4:45, 7:30

Mon 7/21 + Tue 7/22 Three On A Match
Mon at 2:00
Tue at 4:30, 7:30
Bureau Of Missing Persons
Mon at 3:30
Tue at 3:00, 6:00, 9:00

mon 7/28 + Tue 7/29 Double Feature!
Dangerous
Mon at 1:30
Tue at 5:30, 9:30 ticket symbol
Jezebel
Mon at 3:15
Tue at 3:15, 7:15

Mon 8/4 + Tue 8/5 Double Feature!
The Letter
Mon at 3:30
Tue at 3:30, 7:30
Marked Woman
Mon at 1:30
Tue at 1:30, 5:30, 9:30

Mon 8/11 + Tue 8/12 Double Feature!
Dark Victory
Mon at 5:00
Tue at 5:00, 9:45
Now, Voyager
Mon at 2:30
Tue at 2:30, 7:15

Mon 8/18 + Tue 8/19 Double Feature!
What Ever Happened To Baby Jane?
Mon at 2:00
Tue at 2:00, 7:00
Hush... Hush, Sweet Charlotte
Mon at 4:30
Tue at 4:30, 9:30

Mon 8/25 + Tue 8/26Double Feature!
A Stolen Life
Mon at 3:15
Tue at 5:00, 9:15
The Whales Of August
Mon at 5:30
Tue at 3:00, 7:15
Repertory Series
All About Bette
Mondays & Tuesdays, July 14 - August 26, 2008

series imageFeaturing the films of Bette Davis. Read "Brattle's got Bette Davis eyes" in the July 14, 2008 issue of Boston Metro.

Series sponsored by Lola magazine, Boston's New Best Friend.

FILM DESCRIPTIONS:
top of pageMon 7/14 at 2:30 + Tue 7/15 at 2:00, 4:45, 7:30All About Eve ticket symbol
(1950) dir Joseph L. Mankiewicz w/Bette Davis, Anne Baxter, George Sanders, Celeste Holm, Marilyn Monroe [138 min]

“Fasten your seat belts, it’s going to be a bumpy night!” The ultimate backstage backstabbing bitchfest with Bette Davis as aging Broadway star Margo Channing who takes in Eve (Baxter), an aspiring actress, who schemes to worm her way into every corner of Margo’s life. The dialogue (including Bette’s oft quoted line above) flies fast and furious in this quintessential melodrama.

Original Theatrical Trailer
top of pageMon 7/21 at 2:00 + Tue 7/22 at 4:30, 7:30Double Feature w/BUREAU OF MISSING PERSONS
Three On A Match ticket symbol
(1932) dir Mervyn LeRoy w/Bette Davis, Joan Blondell, Ann Dvorak, Humphrey Bogart [63 min]

Three schoolyard friends are reunited after having grown up and apart. The three light their cigarettes off of the same match (superstition says this is bad luck) and bring each other up to speed on their lives. Mary (Blondell) is an entertainer. Ruth (Davis) is a secretary. Vivian (Dvorak) is married to a rich man and has a son. Although Vivian has made a cushy life for herself, she is dissatisfied and bored so she runs off with a gambler. Diving into a life of hedonism, Vivian abandons her husband but takes her son with her. The boy is rescued but Vivian and her boyfriend have racked up a debt whose payment puts all of their lives in danger.

Not available on video

top of pageMon 7/21 at 3:30 + Tue 7/22 at 3:00, 6:00, 9:00Double Feature w/THREE ON A MATCH
Bureau Of Missing Persons ticket symbol
(1933) dir Roy Del Ruth w/Bette Davis, Pat O'Brien, Lewis Stone [73 min]

Bette plays a proto-femme fatale in this pseudo-film noir from the last days of the racy Pre-Code era. Detective Butch Saunders has been transferred to the “kindergarten” of missing persons because his police tactics are a little too brutal for homicide. No sooner does he land his post than he is approached by Norma (Davis), a mysterious woman claiming to be missing her husband. Saunders finds himself in the middle of a mystery that takes all his ham-fisted talent to solve.

Not available on DVD

top of pageMon 7/28 at 1:30 + Tue 7/29 at 5:30, 9:30Double Feature w/JEZEBEL
Dangerous ticket symbol
(1935) dir Alfred E. Green w/Bette Davis, Franchot Tone, Margaret Lindsay, Alison Skipworth, George Irving [79 min]

Bette’s first Oscar-winning role finds her as a ruined, alcoholic actress named Joyce who has caught the eye of wealthy architect Don (Tone). Don falls for Joyce while he is trying to rehabilitate her and Despite Joyce’s warnings that she is a jinx and will only lead to his ruin, Don breaks his engagement and risks his fortune to revive her career on Broadway. But, of course, complications ensue as Joyce’s bad luck begins to impede upon their relationship – including petty husbands, car accidents, and bankruptcy.

top of pageMon 7/28 at 3:15 + Tue 7/29 at 3:15, 7:15Double Feature w/DANGEROUS
Jezebel ticket symbol
(1938) dir William Wyler w/Bette Davis, Henry Fonda, George Brent, Margaret Lindsay [103 min]

Bette won her second Oscar for her lead role in this drama set in the high society of 19th century New Orleans. She stars as Julie, a headstrong Southern belle who can’t help but act out, alienating her loving fiancé (Ford) and labeling herself a Jezebel. Despite her desire for independence, Julie comes into her own when a deadly outbreak of Yellow Fever occurs and she has the opportunity to redeem herself. Bette proves herself as well, bringing depth to a role that could have been a scene-chewing disaster.

Read the Brattle Theatre Film Notes for JEZEBEL

Original Theatrical Trailer
top of pageMon 8/4 at 3:30 + Tue 8/5 at 3:30, 7:30Double Feature w/MARKED WOMAN
The Letter ticket symbol
(1940) dir William Wyler w/Bette Davis, Herbert Marshall, James Stephenson, Frieda Inescort [95 min]

There has been a murder. Jeff Hammond is dead and Leslie Crosby (Davis) has confessed, blaming it on self-defense. Leslie’s husband (Marshall) sends for his lawyer, who is suspicious of Leslie, even more so when a damning letter shows up, proving that there was a previous relationship between Hammond and Leslie. The letter is in the possession of Hammond’s widow, who is willing to part with it for $10,000, which Leslie quickly submits from her unknowing husband’s account. Little does Leslie know that her freedom may end up costing her more than she initially bargained for. This excellent early noir features Davis at her boldest and best.

Read the Brattle Theatre Film Notes for THE LETTER

top of pageMon 8/4 at 1:30 + Tue 8/5 at 1:30, 5:30, 9:30Double Feature w/THE LETTER
Marked Woman ticket symbol
(1937) dir Lloyd Bacon w/Bette Davis, Humphrey Bogart, Eduardo Ciannelli [96 min]

This breezy B-movie shows Bette’s power both on and off screen. She appears as Mary a street-smart ‘hostess’ at a ruthless gangster’s club. She is pressured by a crusading D.A. (Bogart) to give up the goods on her boss but she refuses, until her naïve sister is murdered and her boss’s thugs rough her up to keep her quiet. Even as a young star, Bette made her voice heard – when her makeup seemed too unrealistic, she took matters into her own hands and had her own doctor apply bandages as if she had been severely beaten.

Original Theatrical Trailer
top of pageMon 8/11 at 5:00 + Tue 8/12 at 5:00, 9:45Double Feature w/NOW, VOYAGER
Dark Victory ticket symbol
(1939) dir Edmund Goulding w/Bette Davis, George Brent, Humphrey Bogart, Geraldine Fitzgerald, Ronald Reagan [104 min]

Socialite and wild child Judith (Davis) has been diagnosed with a brain tumor by the dashing Dr. Steele (Brent). An operation is performed, after which Judith and Dr. Steele fall in love. However, unbeknownst to Judith, the operation is not a success; she has mere months to live, with death being signaled by rapidly failing eyesight. Thinking he is protecting her, Steele chooses not to tell her the truth. Unfortunately, Judith stumbles across her files and leaves Steele, returning to her wild ways. Will Judith and her love reunite before everything fades to black?

Original Theatrical Trailer
top of pageMon 8/11 at 2:30 + Tue 8/12 at 2:30, 7:15Double Feature w/DARK VICTORY
Now, Voyager ticket symbol
(1942) dir Irving Rapper w/Bette Davis, Paul Henreid, Claude Rains, Gladys Cooper [117 min]

Charlotte (Davis), a tightly wound Boston spinster, finds independence from her domineering mother after a breakdown lands her in the care of a psychiatrist (Rains). Freed from her mother’s influence she falls for Jerry (Henreid), an unhappily married man, on a South American cruise but the star-crossed lovers must part at its end. Back in Boston, Charlotte takes in Jerry’s troubled daughter and they meet again, but can they find happiness in a society that frowns on their relationship? This pinnacle of melodrama has often been imitated (and spoofed) but its poignant romanticism has not diminished over the years.

Read the Brattle Theatre Film Notes for NOW, VOYAGER

Bette Davis talks about Gladys Cooper and Claude Raines with Dick Cavett
top of pageMon 8/18 at 2:00 + Tue 8/19 at 2:00, 7:00Double Feature w/HUSH... HUSH, SWEET CHARLOTTE
What Ever Happened To Baby Jane? ticket symbol
(1962) dir Robert Aldrich w/Bette Davis, Joan Crawford, Victor Buono, Wesley Addy [134 min]

Jane (Davis) was a renowned child actress whose star, sadly, faded as she aged. Her civilian sister Blanche (Crawford), alternately, has developed into a beautiful and talented actress. However, at the height of her career Blanche is involved in a crippling car accident, which sends her into a life of seclusion with the now alcoholic and jealousy-ridden Jane. The two descend into madness, battling their separate but, in the end, all too similar demons with horrific and deadly results. A legendary, scene-gobbling masterpiece of gothic drama from two of Hollywood’s most enduring stars.

Joan Crawford Discusses WHAT EVER HAPPENED TO BABY JANE (1960s)

top of pageMon 8/18 at 4:30 + Tue 8/19 at 4:30, 9:30Double Feature w/WHAT EVER HAPPENED TO BABY JANE?
Hush... Hush, Sweet Charlotte ticket symbol
(1964) dir Robert Aldrich w/Bette Davis, Olivia De Havilland, Joseph Cotten, Agnes Moorehead [133 min]

Wealthy spinster Charlotte (Davis) has never gotten over the death of her married lover 37 years earlier, and neither has the town in which she lives. The townsfolk believe Charlotte is to blame, forcing her into seclusion in her mansion with her loyal housekeeper Velma (Moorehead). Highway construction threatens to force Charlotte from her home, causing her to call her cousin Miriam (Havilland) for help. However, Miriam seems to have other motives as she and her lover attempt to claim Charlotte’s fortune by their own terrifying means.

Original Theatrical Trailer

top of pageMon 8/25 at 3:15 + Tue 8/26 at 5:00, 9:15Double Feature w/THE WHALES OF AUGUST
A Stolen Life ticket symbol
(1946) dir Curtis Bernhardt w/Bette Davis, Glenn Ford, Dane Clark, Walter Brennan [109 min]

Kate (Davis) and her twin sister Patricia (also played by Davis) both fall for the charming Bill Emerson (Ford) while on a boat trip home to New England. Patricia steals Bill away from her sister, sending Kate into a deep depression. While Bill is away on a trip, Kate and Patricia are involved in a sailing accident. Patricia is drowned, but Kate washes ashore alive. She is mistaken for Patricia, which allows her to steal back the man of her dreams.

Not available on DVD

top of pageMon 8/25 at 5:30 + Tue 8/26 at 3:00, 7:15Double Feature w/A STOLEN LIFE
The Whales Of August ticket symbol
(1987) dir Lindsay Anderson w/Bette Davis, Lillian Gish, Vincent Price, Ann Sothern, Mary Steenburgen [90 min]

The last great role for several screen legends, THE WHALES OF AUGUST is a rarely screened and subtly composed gem. It is the simplest of stories, two aging sisters, long at odds, gather at their family’s house in Maine for perhaps one last summer. There is a possible romance and the failing health of one sister, but this is an elegiac, modest film. Anderson’s casting of so many aging stars allows the audience to palpably share the nostalgia of the film’s characters.

Print courtesy of the Harvard Film Archive.

Leonard Maltin Interviews Ann Sothern (1988)

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