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Daisy Kenyon
     

Daisy Kenyon

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Director: Otto Preminger,

Cast: Joan Crawford, Dana Andrews, Art Baker

 

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Daisy Kenyon stars Joan Crawford as the eponymous heroine, a Manhattan commercial artist. Daisy is torn between two men: a handsome, married attorney (Dana Andrews) and an unmarried Henry Fonda. Deciding to do the "right thing," Daisy marries Fonda, but carries a torch for the dashing Andrews. When the lawyer divorces his wife, he calls upon Daisy and tries to

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Daisy Kenyon stars Joan Crawford as the eponymous heroine, a Manhattan commercial artist. Daisy is torn between two men: a handsome, married attorney (Dana Andrews) and an unmarried Henry Fonda. Deciding to do the "right thing," Daisy marries Fonda, but carries a torch for the dashing Andrews. When the lawyer divorces his wife, he calls upon Daisy and tries to win her back. She is very nearly won over, but her husband isn't about to give up so easily. Both men argue over Daisy, who is so distraught by the experience that she nearly has a fatal automobile accident. In the end, Daisy realizes that she truly loves Fonda, and gives Andrews his walking papers. Daisy Kenyon is given a contemporary slant with a subplot about child abuse (in a Joan Crawford film!); and, in one scene set at New York's Stork Club, several celebrities (Walter Winchell, Leonard Lyons, John Garfield) make unbilled cameo appearances.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
Fans of Joan Crawford will have a field day with Daisy Kenyon, one of Crawford's "strong woman stuck in a love triangle" melodramas. But Kenyon should also entertain those who aren't always tuned into Crawford in high melodrama mode. One reason for this is that, while Kenyon has more than its share of soap operatics, it also has a fair share of moments that are of genuine dramatic interest. They're not necessarily revelatory or of high dramatic order, but they are fairly realistic and quite palatable. It also helps that the outcome of the film is kept somewhat in doubt until near the end. Also, while Crawford dominates the film with a star performance as big as her shoulder pads, she also has competition from the quieter but nonetheless powerful performances of Dana Andrews and Henry Fonda. Most helpful, however, is the direction of Otto Preminger and the fluid camerawork of Leon Shamroy. Kenyon is not Preminger's best work, by any stretch, but he makes it a much stronger film than it otherwise would have been. The material does not really seem to engage the director on a personal level, but this has an interesting effect. Preminger sometimes uses Shamroy's camera to intrude into the character's lives, as if he's trying to find something beneath the surface that just isn't there. He occasionally lingers just a second too long on a face or a scene, or frames a performer in a manner that is somehow slightly judgmental. All this adds a slight, welcome weight to the film -- not enough to slow it down or get in the way of the pacing (or, God forbid, of Crawford!), but enough to add a subtle sense of discomfort. Kenyon is no great film, but it's quite entertaining.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/11/2008
UPC:
0024543446644
Original Release:
1947
Rating:
NR
Source:
20th Century Fox
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[B&W, Full Frame]
Time:
1:39:00
Sales rank:
11,779

Special Features

Closed Caption; Audio commentary by film noir historian Foster Hirsch; From journeyman to artist: Otto Preminger at Twentieth Century Fox documentary; Life in the shadows - the making of Daisy Kenyon featurette; Interactive pressbook; Still galleries; Original theatrical trailer

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Joan Crawford Daisy Kenyon
Dana Andrews Dan O'Mara
Art Baker Lucille's Lawyer
Griff Barnett Thompson
Henry Fonda Peter Lapham
Ruth Warrick Lucille O'Mara
John Davidson Mervyn
Martha Stewart Mary Angelos
Peggy Ann Garner Rosamund O'Mara
Victoria Horne Marsha
Nicholas Joy Coverly
Leonard Lyons Himself
Connie Marshall Mariette O'Mara
Charles Meredith Judge
Roy Roberts Dan's Attorney
Tito Vuolo Dino
Walter Winchell Himself, in Stork Club
Fernando Lamas Actor
John Butler Cab Driver
Les Clark Taxi Driver
Robert Cole Headwaiter
John Garfield Man at bar in Stork Club
Mauritz Hugo Mr. Ames
Norman Leavitt Cab Driver
Marion Marshall Telephone Operator
Ann Staunton Secretary
George E. Stone Waiter
Jimmy Ames Cab Driver
Monya Andre Mrs. Ames
Don Avalier Hotel Captain

Technical Credits
Otto Preminger Director,Producer
George W. Davis Art Director
David Hertz Screenwriter
Charles LeMaire Costumes/Costume Designer
Thomas K. Little Set Decoration/Design
Louis Loeffler Editor
Alfred Newman Musical Direction/Supervision
David Raksin Score Composer
Walter Scott Set Decoration/Design
Fred Sersen Special Effects
Leon Shamroy Cinematographer
Lyle Wheeler Art Director

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Daisy Kenyon
1. Main Titles [1:15]
2. The Affair [7:36]
3. Daisy's Date [4:06]
4. Interesting Lives [1:55]
5. An Honorable Case [3:13]
6. Argument [3:40]
7. The Proposal [3:07]
8. Returning Home [2:56]
9. Surprising News [3:29]
10. Starting Over [4:48]
11. Building a Life [3:05]
12. Gathering Over Drinks [2:07]
13. Back In The City [1:59]
14. Exposed [1:14]
15. O'Mara to O'Mara [7:07]
16. Gathering Over Drinks [6:53]
17. Divorce Court [:45]
18. Signaled [6:36]
19. Out Of Control [4:13]
20. Scheme / End Titles [4:46]

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