Saturday, July 17, 2021

Bette's Hats and Reviews: Way Back Home (1931)

For Bette Davis' final film of 1931 she was lent to RKO. While the critics didn't have anything nice to say about Way Back Home - VARIETY wrote "As entertainment, the film is unbelievably bad. It runs 81 minutes and seems like 281" - Bette was cheered by the fact that she was "well photographed - and more important - was not a sister. I was someone's girl, and you DID understand why he wanted to kiss me at the fade-out. When I saw the picture I, anyway, was encouraged by my physical appearance. I looked the way I had always felt I looked. For the first time" (Davis, 117). 

She wears one hat in the film: 

Davis, Bette. The Lonely Life: An Autobiography. G. P. Putnam's Sons, 1962.
Ringgold, Gene. Bette Davis: Her Films and Career. Citadel Press. 1966, 1985.

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