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is an operatic rehash of the 1929 film Music teacher Bette Davis--who evidently has a large student pool, judging by the size of her penthouse apartment--is reunited with her cellist lover Paul Henreid, whom she believed to have been killed in the war. Henreid wants to marry Davis, but he is unaware that she has, for the past several years, been the "protege" of composer Claude Rains. Rains agrees to keep quiet about his affair with Davis, but takes sadistic delight in tormenting the woman and working behind the scenes to sabotage Henreid's career. When Rains tells Bette of his plans to publicly humiliate Henreid, she shoots her ex-lover dead. Henreid agrees to stand by Davis no matter what is in store for her. Director Irving Rapper had originally wanted to treat the hoary plot twists of comically, with the three principals walking off together at the end with a "what the hell?" attitude. He was tersely told to stick to the script; after all, people didn't pay to see Bette Davis but to see her suffer. Like the 1929 version of Jealousy, was based on a play by Louis Verneuil. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Cast

Bette Davis
as Christine Radcliffe
Paul Henreid
as Karel Novak
Claude Rains
as Alexander Hollenius
John Abbott
as Bertram Gribble
Benson Fong
as Manservant
Russell Arms
as Student
Marcelle Corday
as Hatcheck Woman
Suzi Crandall
Cyril Delevanti
as Beggar
Richard Erdman
Bess Flowers
Ross Ford
Kenneth Hunter
as Manager
Boyd Irwin
as Elderly Gentleman
Philo McCullough
Jean Wong
Ramon Ros
as Wedding Guest
Boyd Irwin
as Elderly Gentleman
Marcelle Corday
as Hatcheck Woman
Kenneth Hunter
as Manager
Cyril Delevanti
as Beggar
Russell Arms
as Student

Crew

Irving Rapper
Director
Henry Blanke
Producer
Joseph Than
Screenwriter
Ernest Haller
Cinematographer
Leo F. Forbstein
Musical Direction/Supervision
Erich Wolfgang Korngold
Composer (Music Score)
Alan Crosland, Jr.
Editor
Anton Grot
Art Director
Jack L. Warner
Executive Producer
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