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Beyond the Forest (1949)

Beyond the Forest (1949)

Beyond the Forest





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"What a dump!" That's the classic line delivered by Bette Davis at the halfway point of Beyond the Forest, her final Warner Bros. effort of the 1940s. Some Davis devotees feel as though this vituperative utterance is the high point of an otherwise turgid melodrama; others consider the line a succinct assessment of the entire film. Based on a best-selling novel by Stuart Engstrand, the film stars Davis as Rosa Moline, a small-town girl with big-city ambitions. Trapped in a dull marriage to just-getting-by lawyer Lewis Moline (Joseph Cotten), Rosa plots and plans to sexually entrap millionaire industrialist Neil Latimer (David Brian). That Rosa's scheme is doomed from the start is telegraphed at every juncture by Max Steiner's sledgehammer musical score (few will ever want to hear the song "Chicago" again after this). Hampered by the censorship standards of the era, the film is prevented from being as frank as the novel; in one scene, for example, Rosa is obviously visiting an abortionist, but the sign on the door reads "Psychiatrist." A standard entry in most film historians' "Worst Movies" lists (even Davis herself hated it), Beyond the Forest is rather entertaining in its own schlocky fashion.more
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Mystery & Suspense, Classics
Directed By:
Written By: Stuart Engstrand, Lenore J. Coffee
In Theaters:
On DVD: Feb 27, 1991
Warner Bros.


Bette Davis
as Rosa Moline
Joseph Cotten
as Dr. Louis Moline
David Brian
as Neil Latimer
Ruth Roman
as Carol Lawson
Sarah Selby
as Mildred
Mary Servoss
as Mrs. Welch
Frances Charles
as Miss Elliot
Harry Tyler
as Stationmaster
Joel Allen
as Minister
Ann Doran
as Edith Williams
Eve Miller
as Switchboard Operator
Judith Wood
as Waitress
Hal Gerard
as Waiter
Charles Jordan
as Jury Foreman
Frank Pharr
as Coroner
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Critic Reviews for Beyond the Forest

All Critics (10) | Top Critics (4)

Full Review… | July 22, 2008
Top Critic

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Full Review… | March 25, 2006
New York Times
Top Critic

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Davis excels as the passionate but stranded housewife who describes her suffocating community as "a two train a day town." The expression What a Dump, which Liz Taylor repeats in Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf comes from this Vidor-directed melodrama.

Full Review… | April 12, 2006

Bombastic melodrama.

Full Review… | October 16, 2004
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Audience Reviews for Beyond the Forest


a true camp classic. bette's performance as one of the most twisted and evil of all femme fatale in filmdom has to be seen to be believed. i can't even say whether or not this a good movie. i only know it's a hugely entertaining one. don't miss it

Stella Dallas

Super Reviewer

Wild lurid junk with Bette consuming whole portions of the scenery whole to try and save it.

jay nixon

Super Reviewer

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