Winter Meeting (1948)

104 or 106 mins | Drama | 24 August 1948

Director:

Bretaigne Windust

Producer:

Henry Blanke

Cinematographer:

Ernest Haller

Editor:

Owen Marks

Production Designer:

Edward Carrere

Production Company:

Warner Bros. Pictures, Inc.
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HISTORY

The film's working title was Strange Meeting . According to an undated press release in the file on the film at the AMPAS Library, Bette Davis' husband at the time, William Grant Sherry, played a bit part as a sailor in a subway scene. This was Davis' first film after the birth of her daughter. In a modern source, Davis laments the changes censorship made in the story as it was filmed: "We were not allowed to be honest about the differences of opinion between a Catholic and a non-Catholic. It was, therefore, a dull and meaningless ... More Less

The film's working title was Strange Meeting . According to an undated press release in the file on the film at the AMPAS Library, Bette Davis' husband at the time, William Grant Sherry, played a bit part as a sailor in a subway scene. This was Davis' first film after the birth of her daughter. In a modern source, Davis laments the changes censorship made in the story as it was filmed: "We were not allowed to be honest about the differences of opinion between a Catholic and a non-Catholic. It was, therefore, a dull and meaningless film." More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Box Office
10 Apr 1948.
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Daily Variety
7 Apr 48
p. 3.
Film Daily
7 Apr 48
p. 6.
Hollywood Reporter
19 Sep 47
p. 13.
Hollywood Reporter
2 Jan 48
p. 11.
Hollywood Reporter
7 Apr 48
p. 8.
Hollywood Reporter
12 Apr 48
p. 6.
Motion Picture Herald Product Digest
17 Jan 48
p. 4021.
Motion Picture Herald Product Digest
10 Apr 48
p. 4118.
New York Times
8 Apr 48
p. 31.
Variety
7 Apr 48
p. 10.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
PRODUCTION TEXT
A Warner Bros.--First National Picture
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Dial dir
Asst dir
PRODUCER
WRITER
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
ART DIRECTOR
Art dir
FILM EDITOR
Film ed
SET DECORATOR
Set dec
MUSIC
Orch arr
SOUND
VISUAL EFFECTS
Spec eff dir
Spec eff
Spec eff art dir
MAKEUP
Makeup artist
PRODUCTION MISC
Unit mgr
Unit pub
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the novel Winter Meeting by Ethel Vance (Boston, 1946).
DETAILS
Alternate Title:
Strange Meeting
Release Date:
24 August 1948
Premiere Information:
New York opening: 7 April 1948
Production Date:
mid September 1947--early January 1948
Copyright Claimant:
Warner Bros. Pictures, Inc.
Copyright Date:
24 April 1948
Copyright Number:
LP1580
Physical Properties:
Sound
RCA Sound System
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
104 or 106
Country:
United States
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

After an accidental meeting with poet Susan Grieve, New York socialite Stacy Grant invites her to be his date at a small dinner party for returning war hero Lieutenant Slick Novak, but warns her that Novak does not fit the popular image of a hero. Stacy has invited his beautiful secretary, Peggy Markham, to be Novak's date, but Novak is much more interested in Susan. At the end of the evening, Novak accompanies Susan to her apartment, leaving Stacy to take Peggy home. When Susan offers to make coffee, Novak asks about her family. Susan speaks proudly of her wealthy grandfather, but is curiously abrupt about her mother, who was born Maggie Maguire. Novak attempts to kiss Susan and, at first, she rebuffs him, but after he suggests that she give in to her Maguire side, she returns his kisses. The next morning, Novak returns and, after some awkward conversation, he and Susan decide to take a drive in the country. On the way, Susan confesses that she has a house in the country which she has not visited for five years, and Novak suggests that they spend the remaining five days of his leave at the house. That evening, Novak tells Susan that he has not gone home to Kansas because he is not the man his family and neighbors would expect to see, but will not elaborate on his statement. Because he senses that the house has bad memories for Susan, he encourages her to talk about them. Susan reveals that her clergyman father lived there, completely mad, for three years and finally killed himself, after her mother left ... +


After an accidental meeting with poet Susan Grieve, New York socialite Stacy Grant invites her to be his date at a small dinner party for returning war hero Lieutenant Slick Novak, but warns her that Novak does not fit the popular image of a hero. Stacy has invited his beautiful secretary, Peggy Markham, to be Novak's date, but Novak is much more interested in Susan. At the end of the evening, Novak accompanies Susan to her apartment, leaving Stacy to take Peggy home. When Susan offers to make coffee, Novak asks about her family. Susan speaks proudly of her wealthy grandfather, but is curiously abrupt about her mother, who was born Maggie Maguire. Novak attempts to kiss Susan and, at first, she rebuffs him, but after he suggests that she give in to her Maguire side, she returns his kisses. The next morning, Novak returns and, after some awkward conversation, he and Susan decide to take a drive in the country. On the way, Susan confesses that she has a house in the country which she has not visited for five years, and Novak suggests that they spend the remaining five days of his leave at the house. That evening, Novak tells Susan that he has not gone home to Kansas because he is not the man his family and neighbors would expect to see, but will not elaborate on his statement. Because he senses that the house has bad memories for Susan, he encourages her to talk about them. Susan reveals that her clergyman father lived there, completely mad, for three years and finally killed himself, after her mother left him for another man. Novak advises Susan to try to see her mother's side of the story and accuses her of having no compassion. At first, Susan is angry, but their quarrel is short-lived. The next morning, on a sleigh ride, Susan tells Novak that she has fallen in love with him. That night, a tortured Novak tells Susan that he has wanted to be a priest from age sixteen, but his experiences during the war caused him to doubt his calling. Although he rescued eight men and got them back on their ship, injuring himself in the process, he later learned that a week after the rescue the ship was sunk with all hands on board. Susan argues that no God would be so cruel as to kill all those people just to punish him for his pride, but in the morning, Novak has returned to the city. When Susan returns home, she finds a letter waiting from her mother, who is in the hospital and wants to see her daughter. After reading the letter, Susan throws it into the trash. Later, Stacy takes a brokenhearted Susan to dinner at the same restaurant where she first met Novak, and they encounter Novak and Peggy together. After Stacy tells Novak exactly what he thinks of him, he and Susan leave. The following day, Novak once again visits Susan's apartment. She demands to know why he left as he did, and he suggests they try to make their relationship work. Susan is unwilling to do this, however, and points out that whatever his doubts, Novak helped her to forgive her mother. He agrees to rethink his decision about the priesthood and, after he leaves, Susan phones her mother in the hospital to try to mend the rift between them. +

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Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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