Devotion

Devotion

1946 film directed by Curtis Bernhardt
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Devotion is a 1946 American biographical film directed by Curtis Bernhardt and starring Ida Lupino, Paul Henreid, Olivia de Havilland, and Sydney Greenstreet. Based on a story by Theodore Reeves, the film is a highly fictionalized account of the lives of the Brontë sisters. The movie features Montagu Love's last role; he died almost three years before the film's delayed release.

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Theodore Reeves
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  • April 20, 1946 (1946-04-20) (USA)
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107 minutes
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United States
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Charlotte Bronte: I know nothing. I understand nothing. And yet, I have dared to write 200,000 words about life!
(tosses manuscript on floor)
  • Filmed between November 11, 1942 and mid-February 1943, the movie premiered on April 5, 1946 at the Strand Theater in Manhattan. While it is partly possible that the release had been delayed while Olivia de Havilland, after completing Government Girl on loan to RKO, successfully sued Warner Bros. to terminate her contract without providing the studio an extra six months to make up for her time on suspension, it is far more likely that its release was delayed because it was a costume drama and unlikely to do well at the height of WW2. Warner Bros would not have realistically shelved an expensive film like this, purely to spite an actress who was in litigation with the studio.
  • Warners initially tried to borrow Joan Fontaine for Emily Bronte so she could play opposite her real life sister, Olivia de Havilland, but when an agreement couldn't be reached, the part was played by Warner contractee Ida Lupino.
  • "Lux Radio Theater" broadcast a 60 minute radio adaptation of the movie on June 8, 1942 with Ray Milland reprising his film role.

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