Jezebel (1938)

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 properties are inescapable:… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: March 10, 1938
DVD Release Date: October 1, 1997
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Critic Score: 94% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Dan Jardine

The film's success is wrapped around Davis' steely performance and the elegant production values

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Emanuel Levy

Directed with taste and discretion by Wyler, the film has several poignant scenes, such as the one in which Henry Fonda ferociously forces Bette Davis to dance in her red dress, while staring down at anyone who appears critical of her code violation.

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Michael W. Phillips, Jr.
Goatdog's Movies

The overall slant of the entire movie is a sort of half-hearted indictment of the Old South's code of ethics that was rooted in slavery.

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Wesley Lovell
Cinema Sight

A tottering costume drama that gave Bette Davis one of her rare non-bitchy roles. It should come as little surprise that it doesn't quite work.

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Dennis Schwartz
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It would have tasted more like lemonade than a mint julep without Bette Davis' fiery performance.

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Tim Dirks
Tim Dirks' The Greatest Films

Jezebel (1938), a romantic melodrama with views of 1850s New Orleans ante-bellum society, was offered as compensation to film star Bette Davis

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Gabe Leibowitz
Film and Felt

Jezebel is fascinating from a cinematic history perspective, but it's also a strong melodrama beyond the societal backdrops

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Nick Davis
Nick's Flick Picks

The film is much more interesting for its traces of Davis' own future roles and images than for its decoy status as a GWTW consolation prize.

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Flixster Audience Score: 82% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalhães
A minor melodrama that came as a consolation prize for Davis, who didn't get the main role in Gone with the Wind - and, just like in that film, the… More
Kevin M. Williams
With many similarities to GWTW, this melodrama depicts New Orleanian genteel society directly before the War Between The States. Davis is a spoiled,… More
Jim Hunter
A Southern belle attempts to manipulate her societal standing and buck social norms. Half the film of its ilk, <i>Gone with the Wind</i> the best… More
Spencer S.
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… More
Devon Bott
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… More
Randy Tippy
"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… More