In 1938, Jezebel was widely regarded as Warner Bros.' "compensation" to Bette Davis for her losing the opportunity to play Scarlett O'Hara in Gone With the Wind. Resemblances between the two propertie... read more
DVD Release Date: October 1, 1997
Stats: 285 reviews
Flixster Reviews (285)
January 10, 2012
Jezebel is the 1938 precursor to "Gone With The Wind". Bette Davis stars as a southern belle doomed to lose her fiance and her social standing when she dares to wear a red dress to a ball (GASP!@!) It's enough to make any southern belle a life-long pariah. When her former beau...
August 28, 2011
With many similarities to GWTW, this melodrama depicts New Orleanian genteel society directly before the War Between The States. Davis is a spoiled, manipulative ingenue with her intentions set on rising banker Fonda, only he refuses her golden puppet strings much to her conster...
April 18, 2011
A small melodrama that came as a consolation prize for Davis, who did not get the main role in Gone with the Wind. Just like in that film, the protagonist is a spoiled, impudent woman who likes to manipulate the men around her. The highlights include the elegant dialogue and Davi...
October 26, 2010
An interesting portrait of a time of racism, the flourishing of the naughty yet nice Southern belle, and duels still raging past the point of law breaking. The Deep South, in all it's overdone glory, is the pivotal spot for yet another tale of love gone awry, and the death and de...
March 28, 2010
"Pride is seldom delicate, it will please itself with very mean advantages; and envy feels not its own happiness, but when it may be compared with the misery of others" -Samuel Johnson
Wealthy socialite Julie Marsden (Bette Davis) gets her feelings hurt when her beau (Henry Fo...
July 16, 2009
Continuing my study of the films of 1938, I move now to "Jezebel," another Best Picture nominee beaten by "You Can't Take It With You." Like "Robin Hood," "Jezebel" is good but not great. The Best Picture nominees from 1938 continue to disappoint.
Bette Davis, who won her seco...
May 28, 2008
bette davis often flatters herself in her elder years by claiming she could have played "gone with the wind" if she wants to, but she refuses it becuz it has too many similiarities with william wyler's "jezebel" and she's reluctant to play insolent southern belle all over again. ...
August 1, 2007
This is quite a good film, but I'm so pissed off by the ending and stupid Amy that I'm taking a half star off.
March 29, 2007
Bette and Fay Bainter are dynamite in this
July 6, 2010
New Orleans, 1852; Julie Marsden (Bette Davis) and her fiancÚ, Preston Dillard (Henry Fonda), have a stormy relationship. He won't go with her as promised; to collect her decorous white dress for the Olympus ball. In an act of angry defiance, she instead chooses a flamboyant red ...
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