Production Company: Warner Bros.
Distributor: Warner Bros.
Top Billed Actors: Bette Davis, Franchot Tone, Margaret Lindsay
IMDb Rating: 7.1
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Won 1 Oscar:
Best Actress - Bette Davis
Nominated for 0 more
Plot: A man falls in love with a drunk actress and has the most amicable break-up of all time in order to be with her.
Parting from the behind-the-scenes drama, how does Davis do in her first Oscar-winning role? Simply put, she is magnificent. The movie itself doesn't lend too many instances of we now know as "Oscar moments" (such as dramatic monologues), but Davis is always the most intriguing character on the screen. She has to play drunk, she has to play a very competent stage actress, and she has to play the woman in love. A lot is asked of her and she succeeds wonderfully.
However, I don't think her performance was the strongest of the batch of 1935 movies I've seen. Katherine Hepburn's performance in Alice Adams (1935) probably should have won, and Davis went on to say as much. Davis thinks her Oscar for this role was a consolation prize for not winning the year prior, in Of Human Bondage. Dangerous isn't strong enough of a film all the way around to complement Davis. Perhaps I couldn't get past the outdated view on marriage or perhaps I wanted to see even more of Davis as this movie clocks in at a very short 80 minutes. In all, I would say this is a minor vehicle for Davis whereas Alice Adams is a major vehicle for Hepburn.
Overall, although I don't think this is the best performance of 1935, it is still a great one. The story isn't all too riveting, but Bette Davis makes up for its shortcomings.
My Score: 6/10