Bette's next film, The Cabin in the Cotton (1932), has one of her many memorable lines, and one of the stars personal favorites. The experience, however, was an unpleasant one - she did not get along with director Michael Curtiz, who made it well known he did not want her in the picture - but the part, an "excellent part, mine - that of a rich, vixenish belle" was her "best role to date." Davis wrote in her book The Lonely Life, "I refused to let him [Curtiz] get me down. The part was that good" (134-135).
It looks like the critics agreed that the part was good, and that Bette was the reason:
Miss Davis shows a surprising vivacity as the seductive rich girl.
~ Richard Watts Jr., New York Herald Tribune
Windy film material, but it is [...] strengthened mightily by [...] that flashy, luminous newcomer Bette Davis, who romps off with first honors, for hers is the most dashing and colorful role. . . . The girl is superb.
~ Regina Crewe, New York American
Isn't this dress gorgeous? Here's a lovely promotional photo of it. It looks like she has a different hat though.