Olivia de Havilland
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Screen Teams: Errol Flynn & Olivia de Havilland
By 1942, de Havilland had begun asserting herself in
her differences of opinion with the studio over roles, and she
frequently found herself on suspension for refusing scripts. Among
those films she did choose to make was IN THIS OUR LIFE, in which de
Havilland and Bette Davis received
co-star billing over their male counterparts George Brent and
Morgan. Loosely based on Ellen Glasgow's Pulitzer Prize-
winning novel, IN THIS OUR LIFE continued the by-now standard
juxtaposition of Olivia-the-good and Bette-the-bad.
This time Bette ran away with the film
(and sister Olivia's husband) with a histrionic, over-the-top
performance as a spoiled younger daughter who frames a young black man
for a hit-and-run which she committed. De Havilland's performance
is noteworthy but the film is most interesting for its treatment of race
relations in the early 1940s.
Back to comedy, de Havilland co-starred with
Fonda, Joan Leslie and
Carson in the film adaptation of Elliott Nugent and James Thurber's
Broadway success, THE MALE ANIMAL (1942), about a college professor (Fonda)
defending his teaching methods against an anti-communist
inquisition. If this plotline doesn't sound terribly funny, it's
not. The humor comes from a integrated subplot in which former
football star Carson
rekindles his romance with old flame de Havilland (Fonda's
wife). Although de Havilland has a few good moments in this film,
the mixture of comedy with a subject no longer considered a laughing
matter dates the film a little and detracts from its overall
effect. Ten years later it was updated and filmed as a musical
with Ronald Reagan,
Mayo and Gene Nelson called SHE'S WORKING HER WAY THROUGH COLLEGE
More Memorable Quotations:
- "I'll wager ten minutes after you were born you
were telling the doctor what to do!" --as Abbie Irving in
- ("Libby, it's positively unmaidenly!" --Gene
Lockhart as Samuel Bacon Esq.)
response to her father: "After today that won't matter." --as
Libby Bacon in THEY DIED WITH THEIR BOOTS ON.
- " 'zactly!" --as Amy Lind in THE STRAWBERRY BLONDE.
- "An outmoded, silly convention started by the cavemen and encouraged
by the florists and jewelers. After all, what's marriage?" --as Amy
Lind in THE STRAWBERRY BLONDE.
- "Parks are for the very rich or the very poor." --as Roy
Timberlake in IN THIS OUR LIFE.
- "Out of everywhere into nowhere. Is that a poem or a wish?"
--as Roy Timberlake in IN THIS OUR LIFE.
- "I-- love-- you." --as Catherine Sloper in THE HEIRESS.
- "Yes, I can be very cruel. I have been taught
by masters." --as Catherine Sloper in THE HEIRESS.
- "We don't have time for regrets now, Drew, and
there is a lot to regret." --as Miriam Deering in HUSH... HUSH,
After a two-year court battle by which she won release
from her seven-year contract with
Bros., de Havilland began free-lancing in late 1945 and chose to
return to the silver screen in a romantic comedy for
called THE WELL-GROOMED
BRIDE (1946). Also featuring Ray
Milland and James Gleason, the film tells the light-hearted story
of a girl who stubbornly insists on champagne for her wedding, but it failed to
find an audience and proved a box-office disappointment.
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