"....And Bette Davis is the very genius of the screen. You might say that Miss Davis was restricted in range in that she couldn't play Katharine Cornell, but by me that would prove only that there is a happy freedom to be gained in restriction: in her capacity she is not equaled by anyone, and in developing this special capacity--always the suggestion of almost evil and certainly unhealthy subsurfaces--she has achieved results in general intensity that are exceeded by few.... I said eighteen houses in Manhattan alone. I said in one week."
The New Republic, July 5, 1939
The Film Criticism of Otis Ferguson, p. 259-260