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The Saxon Charm (1948)

Approved | | Drama | 29 September 1948 (USA)
Eric Busch, a novelist/playwright, and his wife, Janet, go to New York where he arranges to have Matt Saxon, who has a reputation for ruthlessness, produce his play. Saxon insists on so ... See full summary »

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Eric Busch, a novelist/playwright, and his wife, Janet, go to New York where he arranges to have Matt Saxon, who has a reputation for ruthlessness, produce his play. Saxon insists on so many meetings, changes and revisions that it cause a rift between Eric and Janet. Saxon goes to Hollywood to get a prominent actor to play the lead but the actor, no fan of Saxon, declines. Saxon then deliberately robs his own girlfriend of her chance in Hollywood. The actor then comes to New York and offers to do the play, if someone other than Saxon is the producer. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Robert Montgomery patterned his portrayal of a ruthless Broadway producer who lets nothing stand in the way of getting what he wants, after Jed Harris, a noted Broadway impresario who had the same reputation. See more »

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I'm in the Mood for Love
Music by Jimmy McHugh
Lyrics by Dorothy Fields
Sung by Audrey Totter (dubbed by Martha Mears (uncredited))
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Robert Montgomery is a malicious Broadway producer
12 February 2016 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"The Saxon Charm" (1948) is a relatively obscure film from Universal. It's available on DVD now, I think, so it will become better known. I enjoyed it thoroughly. I do like its attractive cast and the story was off the beaten path for sure in depicting a Broadway producer (Saxon) who has a malicious streak that he indulges.

Robert Montgomery plays the lead as the producer and delivers a sharp and stinging character to us, whose charm covers an effort to control everyone around him. He has producing talent but it doesn't guarantee success in bringing plays to the public.

John Payne plays a novelist who seeks out Montgomery to produce a play he's written. Audrey Totter, who loves Montgomery, warns Payne's wife, Susan Hayward, to steer clear of Montgomery's embrace. Of course, Payne doesn't. Harry Morgan provides his usual excellent support as Montgomery's right-hand man, a good guy.

The story holds our interest and provides one helluva portrait of this character.


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