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Ivy (1947)

Approved | | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir | 13 October 1947 (Sweden)
An Edwardian belle meets a rich bachelor, but what to do about her husband and her lover?

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Miles Rushworth
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Jervis Hamilton Lexton
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Police Inspector Orpington (as Sir Cedric Hardwicke)
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Martha Huntley
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Judge
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Emily
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Lady Flora
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Bella Crail
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Matilda Thrawn
Isobel Elsom ...
Charlotte Chattle
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Sir Jonathan Wright
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Storyline

In 1909, the beautiful but amoral British belle Ivy Lexton meets older, rich Miles Rushworth; undeterred by the prior claims of her husband Jervis and lover Roger, she goes after Miles and has no trouble fascinating him, but oddly enough he has compunctions about making love to other men's wives. The means that Ivy reluctantly adopts to resolve the problem of too many men promise disaster for all concerned. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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1.37 : 1
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The film is set in 1909 by the scene where Louis Bleriot is shown as the first to cross the English Channel by airplane on July 25, 1909. See more »

Quotes

Miles Rushworth: I've always believed that the most despicable thing a man can do is make love to another man's wife.
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Version of Lux Video Theatre: Ivy (1956) See more »

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Ivy
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I've got the men on a string
24 May 2017 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Joan Fontaine is in the title role of Ivy, a completely amoral social climber who when we meet her is juggling three different guys, husband Richard Ney, former lover Patric Knowles who can't get her out of his system, and her next interest the very rich Herbert Marshall. This girl Ivy, she really gets around.

When Marshall tells her he's not having any sex with another man's wife Fontaine sees her duty clear. She not only concocts an elaborate poisoning scheme for Ney, but Knowles the dope is still so in love with her that as a doctor he's also a natural suspect. He goes to trial and shields her. Knowles doesn't know about Marshall.

Ivy is a wonderful and moody Edwardian melodrama where the tension is so thick you could cut it with a knife. The cinematography is A+ in this film.

A key role is the methodical Scotland Yard Inspector Cedric Hardwicke who never bought Knowles as the guilty party. Hardwicke is almost Monk like in pursuit of the truth and justice.

The last 10 minutes or so contain some of Joan Fontaine's best work on the big screen as she realized the jig is up. All by herself with little or no dialog what a portrait of a woman trapped by her own deceit.

Ivy should be seen for that ending and for Cedric Hardwicke.


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