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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.

About Allan Arkush

A record collector and film buff from his early days, Allan Arkush brought his two loves together in directing the cult classic Rock ‘n’ Roll High School. Allan’s day job is directing and executive producing television series like Heroes, The Client List and Crossing Jordan.  He has also directed episodes of Ally McBeal, Moonlighting and many other tv series as well as the mini-series, The Temptations, for which he won an Emmy. He wishes that someone would release his 1997 Showtime movie Elvis Meets Nixon on DVD.