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That Certain Woman Details


Edmund Goulding directed this remake of his own 1929 Edmund Goulding, which starred Gloria Swanson. Here Bette Davis assumes the lead role of Mary Donnell, a young innocent married to a bootlegger. When her husband is killed, she decides to pursue a better life and gets a job as a secretary to attorney Lloyd Rogers (Ian Hunter). Lloyd falls in love with Mary but stoically keeps his feelings hidden from her. One of Lloyd's clients is the millionaire Merrick (Donald Crisp), whose playboy son Jack (Henry Fonda) falls in love with Mary. The two elope and take off on their honeymoon, but Merrick, who feels that Mary is not good enough for Jack, asks that the marriage be annulled. Jack reluctantly agrees and Mary goes back to her old job with Lloyd. But Mary finds that she is pregnant and has a baby boy. She swears Lloyd to secrecy concerning her child and Lloyd agrees. Meanwhile, Jack marries a woman of his own class, Flip (Anita Louise), but she is fatally injured in an automobile accident. Lloyd also falls ill and dies at Mary's feet --but not before confessing his love for Mary. When his will is read, it reveals that he has left Mary and her child a vast fortune. Lloyd's wife (Katherine Alexander) believes the baby boy is Lloyd's illegitimate child, and she tries to overturn the terms of the will. Jack hears about Mary's child, and she confesses that the child is actually his. Merrick then tries to have the baby taken away from Mary, contending that she is unfit to raise the baby. Unable to withstand Merrick's legal hammering, Mary offers the child to Jack and Flip. Mary, distraught after abandoning her baby, leaves on a European trip. While she is gone, Flip dies and Jack leaves for Europe to try to find her. ~ Paul Brenner, Rovi


Bette Davis
as Mary Donnell
Henry Fonda
as Jack Merrick
Ian Hunter
as Lloyd Rogers
Anita Louise
as Flip
Donald Crisp
as Mr. Mertick, Sr.
Katherine Alexander
as Mrs. Rogers
Minor Watson
as Tilden
Ben Welden
as Valko
Sidney Toler
as Det. Neely
Charles Trowbridge
as Dr. James
Norman Willis
as Fred
Herbert Rawlinson
as Dr. Hartman
Charles Sherlock
as Reporter
Willard Parker
as Reporter
Andre Cheron
as Concierge
Frank Darien
as Night Porter
Forbes Murray
as Man
Georges Renavent
as Frenchman
Etta McDaniel
as Cook
John Hamilton
as American
Rosalind Marquis
as Hatcheck Girl
Hugh O'Connell
as Virgil Whitaker
Frank Faylen
as Reporter
Cliff Saum
as Bus Conductor
Roger Davis
as Waiter
Mike Lally
as Reporter
Emmett Vogan
as Man


Edmund Goulding
Hal B. Wallis
Edmund Goulding
Ernest Haller
Leo F. Forbstein
Musical Direction/Supervision
Leo F. Forbstein
Composer (Music Score)
Max Steiner
Composer (Music Score)
Jack Killifer
Max Parker
Art Director
Robert Lord
Associate Producer
Costume Designer