A really great Hollywood script always has sexual tension between the characters in a film – it’s just part of the box office (and television) formula – because we are all experiencing the same feelings. Maybe not to the extent of some movies or programs, but nevertheless, we can all relate to the “battle of the sexes.”
This week, MovieZoot.com explores this tension by featuring four films from our archives that exhibit this tension to new levels as we present, Bette Davis and Gary Merrill in Another Man’s Poison, Richard Thomas and Tess Harper in Death in Small Doses, Marlene Dietrich and Emil Jannings in The Blue Angel, and Bette Davis and Leslie Howard in Of Human Bondage.
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Another Man’s Poison
is the 1951 Irving Rapper black & white drama/mystery starring then real-life couple Bette Davis and Gary Merrill where a mystery writer is confronted with the entangled and complex relationships of her past and her present sexually-charged preoccupations.
Death In Small Doses
is the 1995 Sondra Locke drama starring Richard Thomas and Tess Harper where a wife mysteriously falls ill and dies by apparent arsenic poisoning. As the police investigation heats up, the woman’s husband becomes the prime suspect, and exposes a terrible family secret that ultimately reveals the identity of the killer.
The Blue Angel
is the classic black & white Josef von Sternberg musical drama starring Marlene Dietrich, Kurt Gerron and Emil Jannings telling the story of loneliness and obsession that doesn’t end well for a German prep-school teacher who falls for the love of his life at a cabaret theatre.
Of Human Bondage
is the 1934 black & white John Cromwell romance/drama starring Leslie Howard and Bette Davis telling the manipulative story of an impetuous woman who wreaks havoc on her life-long admirer, only to have karma come a-calling in the end.