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"A woman is beautiful when she's loved, and only then."
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Mr. Skeffington is a 1944 drama film based on Elizabeth von Arnim's novel of the same name, directed by Vincent Sherman and starring Bette Davis and Claude Rains, both of whom received Academy Award nominations for their roles.

The story begins in 1914. Beautiful Fanny Trellis (Davis) has many admirers, but she also has an extravagant, dishonest brother, Trippy (Richard Waring), who embezzles funds from his boss, Job Skeffington (Rains). Job attempts to confront Trippy, but is instantly smitten by Fanny. In order to save Trippy's skin and facilitate a comfortable life for herself, Fanny marries Job. Job is initially devoted, but Fanny is shallow and faithless. The film follows their marriage as the years pass...


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  • One of Fanny's suitors becomes this at the end, but when she pretends to be penniless, smelling a rat, he hastily departs.
  • Meaningful Name: Job is exceptionally long-suffering.
  • Nice Guy: It takes Job a long time to stop being this, and even then he remains endlessly polite to adulterous, uncaring wife.
    • George, Fanny's cousin, is something of an example, he clearly sees Fanny's treatment of Job cruel and spiteful, and is the one who pursues her to reconcile with him at the end.
  • Parental Neglect: Fanny is so self-absorbed that she just doesn't care about her daughter.
  • Rich Bitch - Fanny.
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  • Sexless Marriage: Fanny and Job end up in separate rooms quite quickly.
  • Sexy Secretary: Job takes solace in his secretaries after his wife exiles him from the marital bed.
    Job: You mustn't be too harsh on my secretaries. They were always very understanding when I came to the office after a hard day at home.
  • True Beauty Is on the Inside: What Job is always trying to tell Fanny.

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