Dangerous (1935)





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Not even considered a good film back in 1935, Dangerous is held together by the mesmerizing performance of Bette Davis. The star is cast as alcoholic, self-destructive stage actress Joyce Heath, a character obviously based on Jeanne Eagels. Wealthy architect Don Bellows (Franchot Tone) becomes convinced that Joyce can be rehabilitated with the "right" stage vehicle, and begins pulling strings to bring her back to the footlights. She rises to the occasion, falling in love with Don in the process. But Joyce becomes convinced that she's a jinx to any man who gets near her, as proven by her spineless, dissolute husband, Gordon Heath (John Eldredge), who refuses to give her a divorce. Deliberately hurting Don's feelings so he will escape her "curse," Joyce determines to rid the world of both herself and her husband. But things don't work out that way, and as a result Joyce is left in an inextricable Ethan Frome-like dilemma at film's end, while Don finds happiness with his socialite Gail Armitage (Margaret Lindsay). It is generally conceded that Bette Davis won her Academy Award for Dangerous because she was denied the Oscar for her performance in the previous season's Of Human Bondage. Dangerous was remade (and considerably reshaped) in 1941 as Singapore Woman.
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Bette Davis
as Joyce Heath
Margaret Lindsay
as Gail Armitage
Franchot Tone
as Don Bellows
Alison Skipworth
as Mrs. Williams
George Irving
as Charles Melton
Walter Walker
as Roger Farnsworth
Dick Foran
as Teddy
Richard Carle
as Pitt Hanly
Mary Treen
as Nurse
Craig Reynolds
as Reporter
Douglas Wood
as Elmont
Billy Wayne
as Teddy's Chauffeur
Pierre Watkin
as George Sheffield
Edward Keane
as Doctor
William B. Davidson
as Reed Walsh
John Eldredge
as Gordon Heath
Milt Kibbee
as William, Roger's chauffeur
Milton Kibbee
as Williams
Eddie Foster
as Passerby
Frank O'Connor
as Bartender
William "Wild Bill" Elliott
as Male Lead in Play
Libby Taylor
as Beulah
Larry McGrath
as Waiter
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Critic Reviews for Dangerous

All Critics (3)

Dreadful soap opera film.

Full Review… | April 8, 2008
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Early Bette Davis is fun to catch.

February 21, 2008

Bette Davis won her first Oscar for playing an alcoholic actress bent on self-destruction.

Full Review… | April 30, 2007

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Full Review… | September 29, 2005
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Audience Reviews for Dangerous


Bette is great here, but that's pretty much the only good thing about this film. The writing is especially awful and it was difficult to finish the movie.

Jenna Greathouse
Jenna Greathouse

I know that Bette Davis is a classic actress that a lot of people love. This is the earliest movie of her's that I've seen. I really have not been impressed by her much though.

Byron Brubaker
Byron Brubaker

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Not the best Bette, Oscar notwithstanding, but still enjoyable.

jay nixon
jay nixon

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