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''Dark Victory'' is one of the best movies to watch when you're sick at home

(1939)

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Bette Davis, Dark Victory
Dark Victory: Kobal Collection

”Dark Victory” is one of the best movies to watch when you’re sick at home

GENRE Old-Fashioned Romance

INGREDIENTS Bette Davis suffers nobly and glamorously as she finds both true love and incurable illness.

YOU CAN SLEEP THROUGH Scenes with Humphrey Bogart, of all people, as an Irish-brogued horse trainer

STAY AWAKE FOR Scenes with Ronald Reagan, of all people, as a cynical, drunken playboy

HEALING POWERS Hey, a good cry can be healthy too!

ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE Now, Voyager is another classic Davis weepie. For an old-fashioned tear-jerker of more recent vintage, try Barbra Streisand in The Way We Were.