Saratoga Trunk

Saratoga Trunk

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Director: Sam Wood

Cast: Gary Cooper, Ingrid Bergman, Flora Robson

     
 

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Ingrid Bergman and Gary Cooper paired off again after For Whom the Bell Tolls (1943) with this overwrought melodrama based on the romance novel by Edna Ferber. Bergman plays Clio Dulaine, a beautiful half-Creole woman whose return to 1875 New Orleans from Paris creates a stir. Born out of wedlock, Clio's mother was a local woman who became pregnant by a wealthySee more details below

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Ingrid Bergman and Gary Cooper paired off again after For Whom the Bell Tolls (1943) with this overwrought melodrama based on the romance novel by Edna Ferber. Bergman plays Clio Dulaine, a beautiful half-Creole woman whose return to 1875 New Orleans from Paris creates a stir. Born out of wedlock, Clio's mother was a local woman who became pregnant by a wealthy, married landowner. Scandalized, his wife and family set about humiliating Clio's mother and even paid for Clio's voyage to France in an effort to get rid of the girl. Now Clio returns with a dwarf, Cupidon (Jerry Austin), and a maid, Angelique (Florence Robson) in her entourage. At the docks, Clio meets a handsome gambler from Texas, Colonel Clint Maroon (Cooper) and is smitten. To Clio's delight, their blossoming romance inspires calumny, but Maroon soon realizes that Clio is a gold digger. He departs for Saratoga Springs, where he is working on a venture involving the railroad. Clio follows him there, bent on marrying either Clint or his business partner, Bart Van Steed (John Warburton). Saratoga Trunk (1945) was exhibited to servicemen overseas in WWII for two years before it was released to the general public.

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All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
A big box-office hit at the time of its release, Saratoga Trunk is a well-mounted and enjoyable but essentially empty film that is saved by the star power of its two leads. That star power is at top wattage, with both Gary Cooper and Ingrid Bergman in peak physical form and generating the requisite sparks that this story needs to be more-or-less credible. Cooper is very good, easygoing yet nobody's fool, but it's not a part that is especially challenging. Bergman is perhaps more impressive because it is a change-of-pace character for her, a real gold digger who, even if she does end up displaying a good heart, is avaricious and vengeful. She pulls it all off without ever losing audience sympathy. The supporting cast is fine, with especially good work from a delicious Florence Bates. Sam Wood's direction is fine, but it's unable to overcome the hollowness of the script or its more melodramatic tendencies. Wood also allows the film to go on too long, ultimately negating some of its effectiveness. Still, if Saratoga is not a great film, it's a fine showcase for some good old Hollywood acting.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/02/2009
UPC:
0883316167724
Original Release:
1945
Rating:
NR
Source:
Warner Archives
Presentation:
[B&W, Full Frame]
Time:
2:15:00
Sales rank:
28,958

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Performance Credits
Gary Cooper Col. Clint Maroon
Ingrid Bergman Clio Dulaine
Flora Robson Angelique Buiton
Jerry Austin Cupidon
John Warburton Bartholomew Van Steed
Florence Bates Sophie Bellop
Curt Bois Augustin Haussy
John Abbott Roscoe Bean
Marla Shelton Mrs. Porcelain
Helen Freeman Mrs. Nicholas Dulaine
Fred Essler Monsieur Begue
Louis Payne Raymond Soule
Sarah Edwards Miss Diggs
Adrienne D'Ambricourt Grandmother Dulane
Jacqueline De Wit Guilia Forosini
Robert Barron Officer
Edmund Breon McIntyre
Al Bridge Engineer of Soule's Gang
Gino Corrado Diner
Frank S. Hagney Leader of Soule's Gang
Sam Harris Actor
J. Louis Johnson Actor
Louis Mercier 1st Mate
Georges Renavent Ship's Captain
Shelby Bacon Urchin
Hank Bell Cowhand
George Andre Beranger Leon, the Head Waiter
Monte Blue Fireman on Train
Paul Bryant Urchin
Lane Chandler Al
Chester Clute Hotel Clerk
Peter Cusanelli Coffee Proprietor
Ruby Dandridge Turbaned Vendor
William B. Davidson Mr. Stone
Ralph Dunn Engineer
Dick Elliott Politician
Al Ferguson Cowhand
Edward Fielding Mr. Bowers
Alice Fleming Woman on Piazza
Ethel Griffies Mme. Clarissa Van Steed
Thurston Hall Mr. Pound
George Humbert Jambalya Proprietor
George H. Reed Carriage Driver
Bob Reeves Bodyguard
Glenn Strange Cowboy
John Sylvester Young Man Escort
Libby Taylor Servant
Theodore Von Eltz Hotel Manager
Minor Watson J.P. Reynolds
Geneva Williams Blackberry Woman
Lillian Yarbo Servant
Franklin Farnum Gambler

Technical Credits
Sam Wood Director
Lawrence W. Butler Special Effects
Ralph Dawson Editor
Edna Ferber Screenwriter
Leo F. Forbstein Musical Direction/Supervision
Ernest Haller Cinematographer
Fred MacLean Set Decoration/Design
Leah Rhodes Costumes/Costume Designer
Casey Robinson Screenwriter
Joseph St. Amaad Production Designer
Max Steiner Score Composer,Songwriter
Charles Tobias Songwriter
Hal B. Wallis Producer
Perc Westmore Makeup
Carl Jules Weyl Art Director

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