While movie fans were abuzz over who might play Scarlett O'Hara in the upcoming Gone with the Wind, Bette Davis got another Southern-belle role and gave a fiery performance that won the 1938 Best Actress Academy Award.
Davis plays Julie, a New Orleans beauty whose constant attempts to goad banker Pres Dillard (Henry Fonda) to jealousy backfire. Angry and disgraced, Pres breaks their engagement and leaves town. Julie endures a year of remorse until Pres comes home married. Then her vengeance explodes.
Jezebel is also noted for its sumptuous sets and costumes, Fay Bainters Oscar-winning* performance, and William Wyler's vivid direction, highlighted by a horrifying re-creation of a yellow fever epidemic. But the films greatest strength is Davis, whose titanic talent has never been better displayed than in Jezebel.
Writer: Owen Davis
Run Time: 104 MIN
Genre: Drama; Romance
Aspect Ratio: 4 X 3 FULL FRAME, ORIGINAL ASPECT RATIO - 1.37:1
Audio: DTS HD-Master Audio 2.0 - English