Dangerous (1935), starring Franchot Tone and the indomitable Bette Davis, is known for two things: giving Bette Davis her first of two Oscars and laying the groundwork for a famous Feud between Davis and Joan Crawford (if you haven't watched the FX series I recommend it. I hated the first few minutes and did not like Catherine Zeta-Jones portrayal of my beloved Olivia de Havilland, but overall it was pretty darn good). But that's not why I'm here.
In the film, Davis plays an alcoholic actress that Tone, a longtime fan of her work, attempts to rehabilitate. He takes her to his house in the country for an extended stay and while they have a bumpy start, they eventually fall in love with one another. But, being Bette Davis, the road to romance is never easy and people get hurt along the way.
It's not difficult to imagine a beautiful home like this being able to bring peace to someone. It has expansive grounds, it's own pond, and a lovely house with stone accents and lots of interesting architectural features. I could happily settle down here! It looks very restful, as Tone and Davis discuss in one scene:
Tone: Restful here, isn't it?
Davis: The whole countryside seems to have found peace.
Tone: A person could find peace too.
Davis: No, you'll only find that in yourself and when you do, you might as well be dead.
Davis: "Rest In Peace" is for tombstones.
Tone: And for the living?
Davis: Desire. To want something. To obtain that desire and live up to every moment of it. And then go on leaving yesterday behind. On and on. Higher and higher.Only Bette Davis would say a line like that. Anyway, lets take a little tour of the house, shall we?
Back to the kitchen. Here is what we glimpse through the door. A small table, gingham curtains, paneled walls, and a tiled floor is really all we get to see.
In this view we see a large sink, a cute paned window, and cabinets with pretty woodwork on the side.
A quick glimpse upstairs and our tour will be over. The hallway is wide and is filled with chairs and side tables. Directly across from the top of the stairs is the room is which Miss Davis is deposited.
This post is part of The Favorite Film and TV Home Blogathon I am co-hosting with Love Letter's to Old Hollywood. Be sure to check out all of the other awesome houses that have been featured so far!