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Winter Meeting (1948)

Spinster poetess Susan Grieve lives in a Manhattan apartment where naval hero Slick Novak comes with her for a nightcap. Next morning they visit her Connecticut farm where Novak tells her ... See full summary »

Director:

Bretaigne Windust

Writers:

Grace Zaring Stone (novel) (as Ethel Vance), Catherine Turney
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Bette Davis ... Susan Grieve
Janis Paige ... Peggy Markham
Jim Davis ... Slick Novak (as James Davis)
John Hoyt ... Stacy Grant
Florence Bates ... Mrs. Castle
Walter Baldwin ... Mr. Castle
Ransom M. Sherman Ransom M. Sherman ... Mr. Roderick Moran, Jr. (as Ransom Sherman)
Woody Herman ... Leader - Woody Herman and His Orchestra (as Woody Herman and His Orchestra)
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Storyline

Spinster poetess Susan Grieve lives in a Manhattan apartment where naval hero Slick Novak comes with her for a nightcap. Next morning they visit her Connecticut farm where Novak tells her he always wanted to be a priest. Will Susan or God win his ultimate love? Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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You've told me your secret, now I'll tell you mine. See more »

Genres:

Drama | Romance

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 April 1948 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Encontro no Inverno See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,927,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Bette Davis' then-husband, William Grant Sherry, appears in the film in the bit role of a sailor carrying a duffle bag, ascending subway steps next to Davis. See more »

Goofs

When Stacey goes to Susan's apartment at the beginning of the film, he takes off a light-colored scarf. When he goes to leave, he puts on a much different and dark-colored scarf. See more »

Quotes

Stacy Grant: [to Peggy] Let me give you a piece of advice, culled from years of devestating experience. Next to loss of money, deafness, and skin disease, passion can be the most dangerous.
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Connections

Featured in The American Film Institute Salute to Bette Davis (1977) See more »

Soundtracks

When Your Lover Has Gone
(uncredited)
Music by E.A. Swan
Played at the restaurant after Susan's return from Connecticut
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The hero and the spinster
8 October 2007 | by dbdumonteilSee all my reviews

The first thirty minutes may repel some.It's very talky ,it's filmed stage production style.This is a film which grows on you,you 've got to be patient for the "action" is minimal,and most amazing thing, in what is pure psychological drama ,there's not the easy way out : the flashbacks.Another director -it's the first film I've seen by Bretaigne Windust-would have at least enlivened things by introducing two very long flashbacks dealing with the two characters' past.Both have a secret to conceal .This is the very long conversation between them which reveals us that the poetess was demanding,idolizing her father,displaying no compassion for a mother who did not live up to her /their expectations;the soldier is a hero but someone told him something that has completely changed his way of seeing things .

People who expect a mushy romance ,a melodrama ,a love triangle (with the secretary) will be disappointed."Winter Meeting" shows the way to compassion for the others,be they hopeless.


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