IN THIS OUR LIFE (1942) B/W 97m dir: John Huston
w/Bette Davis, Olivia de Havilland, George Brent, Dennis Morgan, Charles Coburn, Billie Burke, Hattie McDaniel
Although this was admittedly a commissioned work, director Huston's personality shines through. Davis plays the neurotic with a vengeance, messing up her own life and her sister de Havilland's, too. (Although how Morgan could excite either of these gorgeous women --- let alone both of them --- is beyond FilmFrog.)
From Variety's contemporary review of the film: "Story, adapted [by Howard Koch] from the novel by Ellen Glasgow, displays the ruthless and selfish personality of Bette Davis and its impress on other members of her family. She lies, cheats and steals to gain her ends; and, when cornered, schemes her way out. As the yarn opens she woos and steals her sister's husband, eloping with him to Baltimore.
"John Huston, in his second directorial assignment, provides deft delineations in the varied characters in the script. Davis is dramatically impressive in the lead but gets major assistance from Olivia de Havilland, George Brent, Dennis Morgan, Billie Burke and Hattie McDaniel.
"Script succeeds in presenting the inner thoughts of the scheming girl, and carries along with slick dialog and situations. Strength is added in several dramatic spots by Huston's direction."