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Cynthia (1947)

Approved | | Comedy, Drama | 29 August 1947 (USA)
Sickly girl finds an outlet in music.

Director:

Robert Z. Leonard

Writers:

Harold Buchman, Viña Delmar (play) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Elizabeth Taylor ... Cynthia Bishop
George Murphy ... Larry Bishop
S.Z. Sakall ... Prof. Rosenkrantz
Mary Astor ... Louise Bishop
Gene Lockhart ... Dr. Fred I. Jannings
Spring Byington ... Carrie Jannings
Jimmy Lydon ... Ricky Latham
Scotty Beckett ... Will Parker
Carol Brannon Carol Brannon ... Fredonia Jannings (as Carol Brannan)
Anna Q. Nilsson ... Miss Brady, English Teacher
Morris Ankrum ... Mr. Phillips, Principal
Kathleen Howard ... Mac McQuillan, Jannings' Nurse
Shirley Johns Shirley Johns ... Stella Regan
Barbara Challis Barbara Challis ... Alice
Harlan Briggs ... J.M. Dingle, Napoleon Hardware
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Sickly girl finds an outlet in music.

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Comedy | Drama

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Trivia

One of two movies in which Dame Elizabeth Taylor appeared with Jimmy Lydon in 1947. The other was Life with Father (1947). See more »

Connections

Featured in That's Entertainment! (1974) See more »

Soundtracks

Buckle Down, Winsocki
(uncredited)
Written by Hugh Martin and Ralph Blane
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A girl who has trouble growing up like any normal girl.
1 June 2019 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

"Cynthia" is a must enjoyable and unusual film...and it gives you a chance to see Elizabeth Taylor receive her first onscreen kiss!

When the story begins, Larry and Louise (George Murphy and Mary Astor) fall in love and marry...and have so many wonderful dreams for their future. Sadly, however, they soon have a child...and the child is sickly. As Cynthia (Taylor) grows, her over-protective homelife begins to take its toll. Her uncle is a doctor and he insists on Cynthia living a very sheltered life...and Larry insists that they do whatever his brother-in-law says....even though he and his family are jerks. As for Louise, she is beginning to realize the damage being done to her daughter...as she's in high school and shouldn't miss the things normal kids do. Additionally, she is tired of seeing her husband behaving so spinelessly with his boss and brother-in-law...which creates a schism in the marriage. What's to come of all this? See the film.

"Cynthia" is a great example of the sort of sweet family picture MGM could make during its heyday. Excellent acting, music, direction and a sweet story elevate this 'average' film for the studio into something special.

By the way, IMDB noted it and I was surprised too to see Spring Byington playing a rather hateful person....quite unusual.


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Language:

English

Release Date:

29 August 1947 (USA) See more »

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Budget:

$1,318,000 (estimated)
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Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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