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That Forsyte Woman (1949)

Passed | | Drama, Romance | 3 November 1949 (USA)
Love among the Forsytes is strange, full of tradition, melancholy and gold digging in this film treatise on Victorian-age rigidity and vestiges of a flawed society.

Director:

Compton Bennett

Writers:

John Galsworthy (based on book I of "The Forsyte Saga" by), Jan Lustig (screen play) | 3 more credits »
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 1 win. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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 Gerald Oliver Smith ... Wilson
Lumsden Hare ... Roger Forsyte
Stanley Logan Stanley Logan ... Swithin Forsyte
Halliwell Hobbes ... Nicholas Forsyte
Matt Moore ... Timothy Forsyte
Florence Auer ... Ann Forsyte Heyman
Phyllis Morris Phyllis Morris ... Julia Forsyte Small
Marjorie Eaton ... Hester Forsyte
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Storyline

Soames and Irene Forsyte have a marriage of convenience. Young Jolyon Forsyte is a black sheep who ran away with the maid after his wife's death. Teenager June Forsyte has found love with an artist, Phillip Bosinny. The interactions between the Forsytes and the people and society around them is the truss for this love story set in the rigid and strict times of the Victorian age. Written by erasmus

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this is the story of that Forsyte woman and the men who were such fools about her! See more »

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 November 1949 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Forsyte Saga See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$3,710,000
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

C. Aubrey Smith was originally scheduled to play the part of Jolyon Forsyte, but the illness preceding his death prevented it. See more »

Goofs

June (Janet Leigh) goes to Philip's flat while he's out and discovers a sketch of Irene. She dashes out and sees him about to come up the stairs and hides around the corner, pressing herself against the wall which visibly shakes. See more »

Quotes

Irene Forsyte: For once I wasn't thinking about the Forsythes.
Soames Forsyte: Then it's about time you did, my dear. When you marry a Forsythe, you become a Forsythe.
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Soundtracks

The Lancer's Quadrilles: La Dorset
Composed by Spagnoletti
[the first dance at June's ball]
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A Prisoner Of His Own Legend
29 September 2010 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

According to the Citadel Film Series book, The Films Of Errol Flynn, MGM and Warner Brothers did a swapping of stars for the services of the other. Errol Flynn went to MGM for a picture in return for Warner Brothers getting the services of William Powell for Life With Father. I think Powell made out far better in the deal than Flynn did with an Oscar nomination for Best Actor for his film.

Not that Errol Flynn was bad in That Forsyte Woman, in fact his casting as the proper and stuffy Soames Forsyte was quite a revelation. But the movie-going public simply wouldn't buy it. Errol, not the dashing hero with sword in hand and cape over the other shoulder was not accepted. If That Forsyte Woman had been made a decade earlier and for Warner Brothers, Flynn would have been perfect to play Robert Young's role of Philip Bossiney.

Flynn is married to Greer Garson and is guardian of niece Janet Leigh. Leigh is the daughter of black sheep brother in this proper Victorian family, Walter Pidgeon. Pidgeon years ago ran away with his niece's governess after the family did not permit the recently widowed Pidgeon to marry her. Back in those days proper English families did things like that.

Anyway the rather staid marriage of Flynn and Garson gets a jolt when opportunistic Robert Young who Leigh has been keeping company with, falls for Garson and she, him. In modern times it would be a no fault divorce, but things aren't done that way in Victorian England.

If there is a weakness in casting it's that of Robert Young. I'm surprised that MGM did not use someone like Peter Lawford whom they had under contract and was British besides. Greer was British, but the rest of the cast had two Americans in Young and Leigh, a Canadian in Pidgeon and Flynn was Australian. Young was older than Errol Flynn and just doesn't come over as the young opportunistic lover.

Garson of course is the perfect English lady who usually wan't allowed dalliances by MGM, but she's fine here. Greer wrote the introduction to the Films Of Errol Flynn and she says that she found Flynn to be a perfect gentleman and anxious to prove himself a serious actor.

He did in many ways in That Forsyte Saga. He was a prisoner of his own legend at this point.


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