That Forsyte Woman

That Forsyte Woman

Director: Compton Bennett

Cast: Compton Bennett, Errol Flynn, Greer Garson, Walter Pidgeon

     
 

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Though one might have expected friction between MGM's resident "nice lady" Greer Garson and Warner Bros. notorious "bad boy" Errol Flynn, the two got along splendidly during the filming of That Forsyte Woman. Based loosely on The Man of Property, book one of John Galsworthy's Forsyte Saga, the film casts Garson as Irene Forsyte, the

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Though one might have expected friction between MGM's resident "nice lady" Greer Garson and Warner Bros. notorious "bad boy" Errol Flynn, the two got along splendidly during the filming of That Forsyte Woman. Based loosely on The Man of Property, book one of John Galsworthy's Forsyte Saga, the film casts Garson as Irene Forsyte, the independently-minded wife of tradition-bound Victorian "man of property" Soames Forsyte (Flynn). Rebelling against her husband's repressed nature and preoccupation with material possessions, Irene falls in love with unconventional architect Philip Bossiney (Robert Young). When he proves to be too free-spirited even for her, Irene moves on to the Forsyte clan's black sheep, Young Jolyon (Walter Pidgeon). Soames makes a belated attempt to win his wife back, but once again proves incapable of warmth, compassion or understanding. The casting-against-type of Garson and Flynn was fascinating, even when the film itself dragged (Flynn in fact was slated to play either Bossiney or Young Jolyon, but insisted upon taking the less characteristic role of Soames). That Forstye Woman was lavishly photographed in color on MGM's standing "British" sets.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
That Forsyte Woman is based upon the first book in the "Forsyte" series that were much better served by the BBC mini-series. Not that Woman is a bad film; it just pales in comparison to the later adaptation. Part of that is simply a matter of compression; even one of Galsworthy's books was too rich in detail to make an easy transition to a 112-minute film. As a result, the movie has to simplify a great deal of the plot and characterizations, and som much of it comes across a bit too "soapy" or melodramatic. Casting is also a bit problematic. Greer Garson has all of the class and spirit required for the role, but she seems a bit ill-at-easeat times. Cast against type, Errol Flynn comes off very well, but his innate strength and appeal subtly throws things off balance, and Robert Young and Walter Pidgeon are not strong enough to put things back on an even keel. Still, the performers all have good moments, and the lavish production is eye-catching, with special praise for Irene Valles and Walter Plunkett's beautiful costumes. If less than perfect, Woman is still enjoyable.

Product Details

Release Date:
11/16/2010
UPC:
0883316289648
Original Release:
1949
Source:
Warner Archives
Time:
1:54:00
Sales rank:
5,340

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Errol Flynn Soames Forsyte
Greer Garson Irene Forsyte
Walter Pidgeon Young Jolyon Forsyte
Robert Young Philip Bosinney
Janet Leigh June Forsyte
Harry Davenport Old Jolyon Forsyte
Aubrey Mather James Forsyte
Gerald Oliver Smith Wilson
Lumsden Hare Roger Forsyte
Stanley Logan Swithin Forsyte
Halliwell Hobbes Nicholas Forsyte
Matt Moore Timothy Forsyte
Florence Auer Ann Forsyte Hayman
Phyllis Morris Julia Forsyte Small
Marjorie Eaton Hester Forsyte
Evelyn Beresford Mrs. Taylor
Jimmy Aubrey Cabby
Frank Baker Lord Dunstable
Billy Bevan Porter
Lillian Bond Maid
Nina Borget Actor
Leonard Carey Butler
Constance Cavendish Alice Forsyte
André Charlot Director Braval
Jack Chefe Actor
Wallis Clark Cabby
David Dunbar Driver
Herbert Evans MC
Morgan Farley Bookseller
Gloria Gordon Girl
Jim Hawkins Gerald
Tim Hawkins Freddie
Leyland Hodgson Detective
Olaf Hytten Assistant
Colin Kenny Constable
Richard Lupino Chester Forsyte
Charles McNaughton Attendant
Phyllis Moore Julia Forsyte Small
Albert Petit Guest
Norman Rainey Footman
Isabel Randolph Mrs. Winthrop
Jean Ransome Amelia
Rolfe Sedan Official
Johnny Sheffield Actor
Reginald Sheffield Mr. McLean
Wilson Wood Eric Forsyte
Gabrielle Windsor Jennie
Nina Ross Louise
William Eddritt Waiter

Technical Credits
Compton Bennett Director
Daniel B. Cathcart Art Director
Jack Dawn Makeup
Cedric Gibbons Art Director
Leon Gordon Producer
Bronislau Kaper Score Composer
Jan Lustig Screenwriter
Jack D. Moore Set Decoration/Design
Walter Plunkett Costumes/Costume Designer
Joseph Ruttenberg Cinematographer
Frederick Y. Smith Editor
Ivan Tors Screenwriter
Irene Valles Costumes/Costume Designer
J.B. Williams Screenwriter
Edwin B. Willis Set Decoration/Design
Arthur Wimperis Screenwriter

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