But so much fun to watch the other night at the Grace Street Theatre as a part of VCU’s Southern Film Festival, was In This Our Life with Bette Davis, Olivia de Havilland, Hattie McDaniel, and many more. Based on Richmonder’s Ellen Glasgow’s Pulitizer Prize-winning novel, the film is a hoot to watch on the big screen with a crowd of Richmonders. 

It’s REALLY bad, so full of melodrama and a creepy uncle and horrible dialogue, close-ups of Bette Davis’s  eyes and teeth (someone should write a song about the latter), and her playing with her shoes and the funniest fire extinguisher scene ever. Lots of slow scenes with “Yes, I’ll see.”  “Of course, doctor” and then sickening ones with Bette Davis climbing all over her obese, creepy Uncle (with similarly bad teeth) tickling him and saying, “I’ll do ANYTHING you WANT!” and meaning it. If that doesn’t make you get the movie and rent a big hall and find 300  people from Richmond to watch it with you, I don’t know what will.  Richmond should have kicked Glasgow to the curb after this rather than welcome the movie premiere here. The gall that when the uncle gets sick everyone says he should go to Johns Hopkins. Quite the slap in the face to MCV!

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