Mr. Skeffington (1944)


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Whose face ravaged, grotesque is in the mirror? Surely it's not that of Fanny Skeffington, the prettiest woman in New York. Fanny always used her beauty to manipulate her way through life. She's encouraged dozens of suitors, even after her marriage. But now diphtheria has robbed her of her only attribute. And without her looks, she's lost. Bette Davis earned her eighth Best Actress Oscar nomination portraying Fanny.

Rating: G
Genre: Drama, Romance, Classics
Directed By:
Written By: Julius J. Epstein, Philip G. Epstein
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jun 14, 2005
MGM Home Entertainment


as Fanny Trellis

as Job Skeffington

as George Trellis

as Dr. Byles

as Trippy Trellis

as Johnny Mitchell

as Young Fanny

as MacMahon

as Jim Conderley

as Edward Morrison

as Johnny Mitchell

as Chester Forbish

as Thatcher

as Rev. Hyslup

as Soames, Fanny's 1st...

as Dr. Melton

as Young Fanny at Age 2...

as Young Fanny at 5

as Singer

as Miss Morris, Secret...

as Young Fanny at Age 1...

as The Rector

as Casey, Employee

as Marie, Nursemaid

as Mrs. Newton

as Mrs. Forbish

as Mrs. Hyslup

as Mrs. Conderly

as Mrs. Thatcher

as Justice of the Peace

as Plainclothesman

as Justice's Wife

as Dr. Fawcette

as Perry Lanks

as Louie, Speakeasy Ow...

as French Modiste

as Clinton, Fanny's 2n...

as Skeffington's First ...

as Woman in Beauty Shop

as Boat Employee

as Western Union Boy
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Critic Reviews for Mr. Skeffington

All Critics (11) | Top Critics (4)

Full Review… | June 11, 2008
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Full Review… | March 25, 2006
New York Times
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Full Review… | February 9, 2006
Time Out
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Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

A squishy tearjerker melodrama that questions how to handle life when beauty fades, for someone who vainly lived for her beauty.

Full Review… | October 15, 2010
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

On target Warner super soaper features standouts Bette Davis and Claude Rains.

March 16, 2009

Audience Reviews for Mr. Skeffington


Davis is totally outstanding in her performance, as well as Rains, and Sherman does a perfect job as he fluidly conducts us through more than twenty years of their characters' lives.

Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer

A wonderful showcase for the talents of Bette Davis and yet another opportunity for her to play a most distasteful character.

Randy Tippy

Super Reviewer


bette davis is a wide eyed, breathy caricature of herself but claude rains is outstanding as the husband she doesn't love

Stella Dallas

Super Reviewer

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