- Newly Remastered
- Vintage Musical Short
- Classic Cartoon
- Theatrical Trailer
- Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
- Rated: Not Rated
- Closed captioning available
- Run Time: 1 hours, 44 minutes
- Video: Black & White
- Released: May 30, 2006
- Originally Released: 1938
- Label: Warner Home Video
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Packaging: Keep Case
- Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.33
- Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.37
- Dolby Digital Mono - English
- Subtitles - English, French, Spanish - Optional
- Additional Release Material:
- Bonus Footage: Classic Cartoon - THE MICE WILL PLAY
- Audio Commentary: Jeannine Basinger - Film Historian
- Featurette: JEZEBEL: LEGEND OF THE SOUTH
- Trailers: Theatrical Trailer
- Shorts: Vintage Musical Short: MELODY MASTERS: JIMMY DORSEY AND HIS ORCHESTRA
Performers, Cast and Crew:
|Starring||Henry Fonda, Bette Davis, George Brent & Margaret Lindsay|
|Performer:||Richard Cromwell, Gordon Oliver, Janet Shaw, Irving Pichel, Donald Crisp, Fay Bainter, Henry O'Neill, John Litel, Spring Byington, Georgia Caine & Jack Norton|
|Directed by||William Wyler|
|Edited by||Warren Low|
|Screenwriting by||Abem Finkel, John Huston & Robert Buckner|
|Composition by||Max Steiner|
|Art Direction by||Robert M. Haas|
|Story by||Clements Ripley|
|Director of Photography:||Ernest Haller|
"[It] still packs a punch..."
Description by OLDIES.com:
Jezebel is also noted for its sumptuous costumes, Fay Bainter's Oscar-winning performance and William Wyler's vivid direction, highlighted by a horrifying recreation of a yellow fever epidemic. But the film's greatest strength is Davis, whose titanic talent has never been better displayed than in Jezebel.
A year passes. New Orleans is stricken by yellow fever. Julie hears Pres has returned. Delighted, she throws a party. But, when Pres arrives, Amy (Margaret Lindsay) is with him, and they are married...
Description by Warner Home Video:
- Jack Warner optioned GONE WITH THE WIND as a possible Bette Davis vehicle before Margaret Mitchell's novel was published. But then Davis and Warner became involved in a protracted legal battle over her contract. Warner won in court but, not satisfied, in revenge also dropped his option on GONE WITH THE WIND. David O. Selznick quickly snapped up the rights. When the book became a bestseller and Selznick generated enormous publicity with his nationwide search to discover an actress to play Scarlett O'Hara, Warner decided to produce his own southern-belle movie. He acquired Owen Davis's play JEZEBEL and planned to release it before Selznick's movie appeared. Then, in order to persuade Davis to play the part of Julie Marsden, Warner paid the legal costs that she had incurred in their court battle.
- When the filming of JEZEBEL began, its director and star often clashed. On the first day of filming, Wyler made Davis go through 48 takes of the scene in which she hoists up her skirts with her riding crop before entering her home. She thought she played the scene in exactly the same way each time, but after demanding to see the rushes, she found that in the later takes, when she had become progressively more annoyed with Wyler, she was in fact more vibrant. As the filming continued, they understood each other better, to the point where they had an affair before the filming was complete.
Movie Lovers' Ratings & Reviews:
Based on 88 ratings.
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