"No one is better than Bette when she's bad!" declared the posters for In This Our Life. Bette Davis is more than bad in the role of Stanley (yes, Stanley) Timberlake: at times, she seems to be the devil incarnate. Spoiled… More "No one is better than Bette when she's bad!" declared the posters for In This Our Life. Bette Davis is more than bad in the role of Stanley (yes, Stanley) Timberlake: at times, she seems to be the devil incarnate. Spoiled rotten, the wealthy Stanley runs roughshod over her milquetoast father, Asa (Frank Craven), even as she twists her wealthy uncle William Fitzroy (Charles Coburn) around her little finger. Even when Stanley dumps her fiancÚ, Craig Fleming (George Brent), in order to steal the husband (Dennis Morgan) of her sister, Roy (Olivia de Havilland), the family indulges the girl's every whim. Roy marries Craig on the rebound, and when Stanley returns from her tryst with Roy's ex -- who has conveniently committed suicide -- she tries to win Craig back. The limit comes when Stanley, driving in excess of the speed limit, strikes and kills a mother and child. She tries to pin the blame on the law-student son (Ernest Anderson) of the family's African-American servant (Hattie McDaniel), but her lies fail to save her this time. Running out of places to hide -- even her "pet" uncle is dying -- Stanley again races off in her car, this time to her well-deserved doom. Book author Ellen Glasgow wasn't thrilled by what Warner Bros. did to her novel, but Bette Davis was pure gold at the box office, and the fans flocked in. The film was praised in 1942 for offering a positive portrait of a black character (Ernest Anderson), though by modern-day standards this treatment still comes off as condescending. In This Our Life was directed by John Huston, and if you watch closely during the roadhouse sequence you'll spot Huston's father, Walter, as a bartender and most of the cast of Huston's The Maltese Falcon as atmospheric extras.