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Director:
Writers:
Robert Ardrey (screenplay)
Gustave Flaubert (novel)
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Release Date:
23 January 1950 (Sweden) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
All she wanted was everything. See more »
Plot:
A provincial doctor's wife's romantic illusions about life and social status lead her to betray her naive husband, take on lovers and run up ruinous debts. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Awards:
Nominated for Oscar. Another 1 nomination See more »
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Positive review of a half forgotten film See more (32 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Jennifer Jones ... Emma Bovary

James Mason ... Gustave Flaubert

Van Heflin ... Charles Bovary

Louis Jourdan ... Rodolphe Boulanger
Alf Kjellin ... Leon Dupuis (as Christopher Kent)

Gene Lockhart ... J. Homais
Frank Allenby ... Lhereux

Gladys Cooper ... Mme. Dupuis

John Abbott ... Mayor Tuvache

Harry Morgan ... Hyppolite (as Henry Morgan)
George Zucco ... Dubocage

Ellen Corby ... Felicite

Eduard Franz ... Roualt
Henri Letondal ... Guillaumin
Esther Somers ... Mme. Lefrancois
Frederic Tozere ... Pinard
Paul Cavanagh ... Marquis D'Andervilliers
Larry Simms ... Justin
Dawn Kinney ... Berthe

Vernon Steele ... Priest
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ed Agresti ... Man (uncredited)
John Ardizoni ... Lagandy (uncredited)
Florence Auer ... Mme. Petree (uncredited)
Charles Bancroft ... Man (uncredited)
Paul Bryar ... Bailiff (uncredited)
Jeanine Caruso ... Berthe Bovary, at 15 Months (uncredited)
David Cavendish ... Man (uncredited)
Andre Charisse ... Young Man (uncredited)
Fred Cordova ... Guest (uncredited)

Gino Corrado ... Village Official at Agricultural Show (uncredited)
George Davis ... Innkeeper (uncredited)
Charles De Ravenne ... Pimply-Faced Youth (uncredited)
Dickie Derrel ... Urchin (uncredited)
Edith Evanson ... Mother Superior (uncredited)
Jack George ... Opera Conductor (uncredited)
Stuart Holmes ... Guest (uncredited)
Teddy Infuhr ... Nosey Boy at Rouault's Home (uncredited)
Karl Johnson ... Drunken Guest (uncredited)
Edward Keane ... Presiding Judge (uncredited)
Victor Kilian ... Speaker at Agricultural Show (uncredited)
Harold Krueger ... Harelip Youth (uncredited)
Ann Kunde ... Guest (uncredited)
Gracille LaVinder ... Woman (uncredited)
Bert LeBaron ... Young Man (uncredited)
Eula Morgan ... Woman (uncredited)
Mayo Newhall ... Man (uncredited)
Manuel París ... Servant (uncredited)
Lon Poff ... Guest (uncredited)
Constance Purdy ... Mme. Foulard (uncredited)
Phil Schumacher ... Guest (uncredited)
Helen St. Rayner ... Opera Singer (uncredited)
Jack Stoney ... Guest (uncredited)
Helen Thurston ... Guest (uncredited)
Sailor Vincent ... Guest (uncredited)

Directed by
Vincente Minnelli 
 
Writing credits
Robert Ardrey (screenplay)

Gustave Flaubert (novel)

Produced by
Pandro S. Berman .... producer
 
Original Music by
Miklós Rózsa  (as Miklos Rozsa)
 
Cinematography by
Robert H. Planck (director of photography) (as Robert Planck)
 
Film Editing by
Ferris Webster 
 
Art Direction by
Cedric Gibbons 
Jack Martin Smith 
 
Set Decoration by
Edwin B. Willis 
 
Makeup Department
Jack Dawn .... makeup designer
Larry Germain .... hair stylist: Miss Jones
Sydney Guilaroff .... hair stylist
 
Production Management
Al Shenberg .... production manager (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Alfred Raboch .... assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Richard Pefferle .... associate set decorator (as Richard A. Pefferle)
 
Sound Department
Douglas Shearer .... recording supervisor
Standish J. Lambert .... sound (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Warren Newcombe .... special effects
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Tom Long .... grip (uncredited)
S.C. Manatt .... still photographer (uncredited)
Harkness Smith .... camera operator (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Walter Plunkett .... costumes: women
Valles .... costumes: men
Joan Joseff .... costume jeweller (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Eugene Zador .... orchestrator (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Jack Donohue .... choreographer
David O. Selznick .... appear by arrangement with: Miss Jones, Mr. Jourdan and Mr. Kent
Jack Aldworth .... script supervisor (uncredited)
 
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Runtime:
114 min | Argentina:130 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Sound System)
Certification:
Argentina:16 | Australia:PG | Canada:14A (video rating) | Finland:K-16 | USA:Passed (National Board of Review) | USA:Approved (certificate #13686) | West Germany:16

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Trivia:
Director Vincente Minnelli wanted Lana Turner for the role of Emma, but Turner found the script dull and flat, refusing to accept the role; she was also pregnant at the time, another reason for her turning it down. Jennifer Jones was cast instead.See more »
Quotes:
Gustave Flaubert:She had learned to be a woman for whom experience would always be a prison, and freedom would lie always beyond the horizon.See more »
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12 out of 17 people found the following review useful.
Positive review of a half forgotten film, 15 October 2000
Author: killmore999 from Bradford, England

Although it is several years since I saw it I can remember the beautiful photography and period setting of this not very happy story of a tormented woman.Particularly Jennifer Jones,a vastly underrated actress giving a sensitive performance which one imagined could have done with a bit more directoral guidance. Minnelli was one of those directors who seemed to give all or nothing to his projects.By his own admission he had very little interest in "Kismet" as he wanted to get it out of the way in order to start "Lust for Life" with Kirk Douglas.The lumbering manner of "Kismet" shows this to be true !! (he owed MGM one picture under his contract before starting "Lust for Life" and unfortunately for the project "Kismet" was it)Additionally Minelli did not want Jones in the lead role and one wonders how influencial David Selznick was in pushing for Jennifer once Lana Turner was unavailable for the lead.At any rate Lana had not yet developed her dramatic abilities which would lie some years ahead.Jennifer showed that she was adaptable to many moods including a few years later her scene stealing turn in "Beat the Devil" few actresses can take credit for stealing a picture away from Bogie,Peter Lorre,Robert Morley and LaLolla. Back to Madame Bovary,although the subject is a heavy one,it is well handled by Minnelli,and most reference books today regard it as a sadly neglected piece,which deserves a wider recognition.Interestingly if my memory serves me correctly Vincente barely mentions it in his autobiography.Maybe his private life at the time and his more financially successful works figure more prominantly in his memory.If I had directed Madame Bovary I would be immensly proud of it.Maybe he was.

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