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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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Complete credited cast:
Police Inspector Orpington (as Sir Cedric Hardwicke)
Lilian Fontaine ...
Lady Flora
Bella Crail
Isobel Elsom ...
Charlotte Chattle
Sir Jonathan Wright


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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Release Date:

13 October 1947 (Sweden)  »

Also Known As:

Le crime d'Ivy  »

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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"The Screen Guild Theater" broadcast a 30 minute radio adaptation of the movie on January 19, 1948 with Joan Fontaine and Patric Knowles reprising their film roles. See more »


Jervis Lexton: [as Ivy is poisoning him] All this stupid expense of doctors and nonsense, you must hate me for it.
Ivy Lexton: No, I don't hate you. I sometimes wish I weren't so fond of you.
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Version of Lux Video Theatre: Ivy (1956) See more »


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Ivy clings!
26 July 2005 | by See all my reviews

An excellent period murder melodrama, with Fontaine effectively playing against her earlier naive wallflower type, in a role that reportedly Olivia DeHavilland turned down. That's fine, because Fontaine is wonderful. Scripted by Charles Bennett, who had written for Hitchcock in the thirties and also later penned the excellent script for the classic British horror film Night of the Demon. The opening scene, where Ivy visits a sinister fortune teller played by the wonderful Una O'Connor (the screecher of James Whale fame), is a tour de force, and the film maintains interest throughout the numerous sinister machinations. I hope to see this film on DVD someday, but despair of that ever happening, because it seems to be an undeservedly obscure film. Fortunately I got to see it on AMC some seven or eight years ago, but have not seen since. Catch it if you can!

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