Today's movie is Dark Victory (1939). It centres around Judith Traherne (Bette Davis), her battle with a brain tumour, and her romance with her doctor (George Brent).
A headstrong and stubborn woman, Judith begins the movie well aware that she is struggling with some sort of illness, but refusing to tell her doctor, see a specialist, or change her lifestyle of late nights, partying and cigarettes (for which those who don't know better are blaming her headaches and dizzy spells).
This isn't a movie of jaw-dropping hats. There are only a small number to look at, and most are practical and simple. Like The Bishop's Wife, however, the hats are significant.
Bette Davis wears two styles of hat in this movie: dark tilt hats and lighter pixie hats.
When she first visits Dr Steele, she is wearing a simple but very elegant dark felt tilt hat.
I love the way the very plain hat is set off by the large frothy bow at the back.
After her operation, Judith has a cute little cap made specially to match her new outfit and cover the patch of cut hair.
Before the operation she is upset about having to lose some hair. Afterwards, she just rejoices in the hats that cover it, and in her returned health. And in her fondness for Dr Steele.
When her dark mood descends again, she's back in a tilt hat, this time in opulent fur.
I don't think I've seen anyone look this stylish in a bowler hat.
The straightforward correlation between happiness and hats doesn't quite continue though, because she's back in a white sequined pixie hat while her wild mood continues. She is still wearing it when she returns to the arms of Dr Steele, so perhaps we can say that it still works!
There are some cute hats on the supporting cast and extras too, but they feature quite briefly. I'll leave them to you to enjoy if you ever catch this movie.
A final thought from Humphrey Bogart...
"Take your hat off when I'm talking to a lady."