In 1945, Bette Davis was only thirty-six years old, however, she jumped at the chance to portray the fifty-something Miss Moffatt. Never afraid to look unglamorous, Davis donned a gray wig and a specially made suit of padding which appeared to add thirty pounds to her petite frame. Davis’ performance is quiet and deep. She imbues Miss Moffatt with a combination of steely resolve and maternal feelings. She was surrounded by an exceptional supporting cast which included the always-enjoyable Nigel Bruce, John Dall, Rhys Williams and Joan Lorring. Made for Warner Brother’s, the film was directed by Irving Rapper with whom Davis had a good relationship. Rapper had a great knack for catching Davis at just the right angles to reveal the subtlety of her performances.
|Davis and Dall as "Miss Moffatt" and "Morgan"|
Warner Brothers Pictures
While not glamorous nor full of gripping action, this is a story of perseverance, second chances and sacrifice. Davis often said that she enjoyed playing Miss Moffatt. In fact, she reprised the role in a very short-running musical version of the story fittingly called, “Miss Moffatt.” For good solid drama and lots of nifty Welsh accents, this is the right film.
Enjoy this incredibly misleading trailer which tries to make it seem more romantic than it is. Ahhhh...Warner Brothers.