Review: ‘Devotion’

Individual performances are expert, with a few standouts, in miming the situations in the script by Keith Winter, but it fails to stir more than a modest response. Script, taken from an original story by Theodore Reeves, is not substantial, and dialog switches confusingly from the modern to the prose of the period.

Individual performances are expert, with a few standouts, in miming the situations in the script by Keith Winter, but it fails to stir more than a modest response. Script, taken from an original story by Theodore Reeves, is not substantial, and dialog switches confusingly from the modern to the prose of the period.

Plot depicts the Brontes in the village of Haworth. Yorkshire, opening in the period just before they found fame as authors. Shown are the love triangle between Ida Lupino, as Emily; Olivia de Havilland, as Charlotte, and Paul Henreid, as the curate who aids the girls’ father in the parish; the brief stay of Emily and Charlotte in Brussels, and latter’s romance with a schoolteacher, Victor Francen.

Lupino and de Havilland are expert as the two older sisters, while Nancy Coleman as the younger Anne Bronte has her moments. Henreid’s portrayal is excellent. Greenstreet is good as Thackeray, a role that is almost a bit. Arthur Kennedy’s performance as the drunken poet-painter brother of the sisters is a standout.

Devotion

Production

Warner. Director Curtis Bernhardt; Producer Robert Buckner; Screenplay Keith Winter; Camera Ernest Haller; Editor Rudi Fehr; Music Erich Wolfgang Korngold; Art Director Robert M. Haas

Crew

(B&W) Extract of a review from 1946. Running time: 108 MIN.

With

Ida Lupino Paul Henreid Olivia de Havilland Sydney Greenstreet Arthur Kennedy Nancy Coleman
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