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Dark Victory

Released 1939
Distributor Warner Bros.

Bette Davis and a solid supporting cast including George Brent and Humphrey Bogart (in one of his last supporting roles) elevate this shameless melodrama about a carefree young socialite who discovers she’s not long for the party. Directed by Grand Hotel’s Edmund Goulding, Max Steiner provided the heavy-handed but plaintive score.

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About Allan Arkush

A record collector and film buff from birth, Allan Arkush brought his two loves together in directing the cult classic Rock ‘n’ Roll High School. Back in the day Allan was directing and executive producing television series like Heroes, and Crossing Jordan.  He has also directed episodes of Ally McBeal, Moonlighting, St. Elsewhere, Fame, A Series of Unfortunate Events and TV Movies like Elvis Meets Nixon and Shake Rattle & Rock as well as the mini-series, The Temptations, for which he won an Emmy. He used to have a lost film, Get Crazy, but Kino/Lorber found it in time for Christmas 2021. His day job is teaching Film production & history at the AFI.