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Cynthia (1947)

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



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Cynthia Bishop
Larry Bishop
Prof. Rosenkrantz
Louise Bishop
Dr. Fred I. Jannings
Carrie Jannings
Ricky Latham
Will Parker
Carol Brannon ...
Fredonia Jannings (as Carol Brannan)
Miss Brady, English Teacher
Mr. Phillips, Principal
Mac McQuillan, Jannings' Nurse
Shirley Johns ...
Stella Regan
Barbara Challis ...
J.M. Dingle, Napoleon Hardware


Sickly girl finds an outlet in music.

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Comedy | Drama


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Release Date:

29 August 1947 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Cynthia: The Rich, Full Life  »

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(Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


"Lux Radio Theater" broadcast a 60 minute radio adaptation of the movie on June 23, 1947 with Elizabeth Taylor, George Murphy and Mary Astor reprising their film roles. See more »


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


Melody of Spring
based on music by Johann Strauss
Music Adapted by Johnny Green
Lyrics by Ralph Freed
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charming trifle
11 September 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Elizabeth Taylor seemed to go almost overnight in films from child to voluptuous young woman. But in this nice low-budget (for MGM) movie, made when she was 15 at most, there is something of the sweetly awkward colt about her, in the title role. There are scenes in which she sort of oscillates between childhood and adulthood--the visual equivalent of an adolescent's voice cracking--and it was in this movie that she got her first screen kiss (from an engaging James Lydon).

It's a bittersweet movie, about the deferrals and compromises that one has to make in life--the parents who don't continue their higher education, the soldier who resumes his, the refugee professor. As Cynthia's mother, Mary Astor brings her usual warmth and common sense, and there are vague echoes of her questing, yearning character in "Dodsworth." Cynthia's illness is used as something of a metaphor for domestic discontent, and in view of Taylor's chronic health problems is a little unsettling in retrospect.

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