The year after Bette Davis’ Oscar-nominated performance in All About Eve, she and then-husband Gary Merrill reunited for the film noir Another Man’s Poison, based on the play of the same name by Leslie Sands, and produced by Davis’ Parachute Jumper (1933) co-star, Douglas Fairbanks, Jr. * Update: Winners announced…after the jump.
Davis stars as mystery writer Janet Frobisher, who has a secretary named Chris (Barbara Murray) who has a fiancé Larry (Anthony Steel). Janet and Larry are having an affair. Random stranger George Bates (Merrill) shows up to the Gothic-esque Frobisher mansion in the middle of the night, claiming he has just perpetrated a bank robbery with Janet’s estranged husband. Without giving too much away, things get real complicated, real fast, as Janet is plagued by a succession of nosy neighbors and overly-friendly friends…including Chris and Larry. “Yes,” Davis purrs, “the night air TEEMS with unexpected guests.” As George learns the hard way, don’t mess with Miss Bette though…her character’s conduct here places her among the fatale-est of femmes.
Classic Flix’ pristine new transfer, available now from Amazon, TCM Shop, and Movies Unlimited, showcases the beautiful black-and-white cinematography by Robert Krasker, who also shot The Third Man for Carol Reed and Brief Encounter with David Lean. Director Irving Rapper keeps the pace and tension fairly high, and the play-to-screen stiffness to a minimum. The packaging of this edition also includes reprinted lobby cards.
If you like Bette Davis and/or film noir, Another Man’s Poison is probably perfect for you. Three lucky commenters in the 48 contiguous United States will find out for sure. Leave a comment below by 5:00 p.m. Eastern on Tuesday, April 11; three will be randomly chosen to receive a Blu-Ray or DVD from the good folks at Classic Flix. Good luck!
Update [April 12, 2017]: And the randomly-chosen winners, in random order, are…
They will be contacted by email. Thanks for playing, everyone, and remember you can always buy your own copy at Amazon, TCM Shop, or Movies Unlimited. Again, many thanks to Classic Flix.
*Fun fact: In 1933, Fairbanks Jr. was married to, yes, Joan Crawford.