The New Pictures, Oct. 31, 1949

Beyond the Forest (Warner) is a lumbering, joyless freight train that tries to carry a load of Bette Davis and Dreiserian tragedy to female moviegoers. The sudsy plot takes place around a huge incinerator that lights up a sawmill town in Wisconsin; the flaming fires symbolize Bette's tendency to be eaten up by her own passions and strongly suggest that she is living in, and bound for a special hell of her own making.

As the bored, adulterous wife of the town's only doctor (Joseph Gotten), Bette longs to escape to the luxurious life...

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