The Gist: A beautiful, young socialite with scores of suitors is forced to marry an older, rich man to stop him from accusing her brother of embezzling from his bank. Since she doesn't love him, once the financial situation is straightened out, the marriage crumbles. She goes on to lead a very dissolute life, until old age and illness teach her what's really important in life.
This is one of Bette Davis' showier (read campier) roles, but she's perfectly cast against Claude Rains as the man who loves her enough to forgive all of her character's flaws.
The Bottom Line: Mr. Skeffington left me wanting at first, because of the campier tone, but the story gets better and better, and ultimately conquers you.