Saratoga Trunk (1945)

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An opportunistic Texas gambler and the exiled Creole daughter of an aristocratic family join forces to achieve justice from the society that has ostracized them.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jerry Austin ...
John Warburton ...
Bartholomew Van Steed
Florence Bates ...
Sophie Bellop
Curt Bois ...
Augustin Haussy
Roscoe Bean
Clarissa Van Steed
Marla Shelton ...
Mrs. Porcelain
Helen Freeman ...
Sophie Huxley ...
Fred Essler ...
Monsieur Begue
Louis Payne ...
Raymond Soule
Sarah Edwards ...
Miss Diggs


On the death of her mother, the vivacious Clio Dulaine returns from Paris to her childhood home in New Orleans to seek revenge for the humiliation her mother suffered there from her father's wife's family. She also plans to marry a rich man to attain the status and respectability her mother never had, but falls for Texas gambler Clint Maroon instead. When he leaves New Orleans for the horse racing season at Saratoga Springs, she follows him there to seek her fortune - or someone else's. Written by Joyce Bradsher <>

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Release Date:

30 March 1946 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Saratoga  »

Box Office


$1,750,000 (estimated)

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(RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


The word "Trunk" refers to a railroad's main line - a 'trunk' line - in this case, between Albany and Binghamton, New York on the Delaware and Hudson. See more »


In the scene in Ingrid Bergman's bedroom the position of the cigar in Gary Cooper's hand changes. See more »


Clio Dulaine: If you mean to harm me, she'd be likely to kill you. She'd make a little figure like you out of soap, but she'd stick little pins into it, and you'd sicken and die.
Sophie Bellop: Not I. I've had pins stuck in me all my life and - knives and everything up to pickaxes.
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Referenced in Book Revue (1946) See more »


Dansez Codaine
Traditional Creole folk tune
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That Beautiful High Society
18 August 2006 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Saratoga Trunk was one of a handful of films done during the World War II years and not released to the general public until the war ended. Warner Brothers was especially big on that, another example would be the Humphrey Bogart/Barbara Stanwyck film The Two Mrs. Carrolls.

In the case of Saratoga Trunk though, it had a built in audience guaranteed because of the tremendous hit that director Sam Wood had already done at Paramount with Gary Cooper and Ingrid Bergman, For Whom The Bell Tolls. They were such a smash box office hit with the public as a romantic duo that I guess Jack Warner craved a little of what Adolph Zukor was raking in at Paramount.

The vehicle for Wood/Cooper/Bergman is the Edna Ferber novel, Saratoga Trunk and I think it proved a bit too long for the screen. If it were done today it would have been a mini-series. In fact the film should have been done as a two parter because it's really two different stories with only the most fragile connection.

The first part is Ingrid Bergman and her posse, Flora Robson and Jerry Austin arrive in New Orleans where she is laying claim to the estate of her late father. Mom was a woman of easy virtue and Dad was old New Orleans creole society. She accidentally killed him back in the day. The scandal caused dad's family to see that society shunned her even after her term in prison.

Ingrid sets out to make the family pay and they do in many ways. She also meets Texan Gary Cooper while in the Big Easy. He's also out for some payback involving some railroad barons.

Both of them make their separate ways to Saratoga, during the 1890s the playground of the rich and famous. Cooper still has his score to settle and Bergman wants to snag a wealthy husband.

It might have been far better to treat the New Orleans and the Saratoga incidents as two separate films. Instead Warner Brothers and Sam Wood tried to pack it all in one film and it's over long.

Cooper and Bergman still retain the romantic appeal from For Whom The Bells Toll. They got some real good support from dwarf actor Jerry Austin as her faithful Cupidon and Flora Robson made up as a mixed racial Haitian servant. It's blackface yes, but Robson does not play it servile, not by any means.

Other good roles here are Florence Bates as the wise society dowager in Saratoga, Curt Bois as the family lawyer for Bergman's Dad's family who she negotiates with for a payoff, John Warburton as the object of her matrimony in Saratoga and Ethel Griffies as his mother. Warburton proves to be something of an unpleasant surprise for Bergman.

Bergman has the far showier role as Cleo Dulaine, but Cooper does have his moments. There is a climatic brawl that he's involved in with two factions trying to control a railway trunkline in Saratoga.

Well that's where the title comes from. What, did you think it was Ingrid Bergman's baggage?

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