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John Galsworthy (based on book I of "The Forsyte Saga" by)
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Release Date:
3 November 1949 (USA) See more »
To men she could be ice . . . or fire . . . or everything!
Love among the Forsytes is strange, full of tradition, melancholy and gold digging in this film treatise on Victorian-age rigidity and vestiges of a flawed society. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
Nominated for Oscar. Another 1 win See more »
User Reviews:
Flynn Acts! See more (35 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Errol Flynn ... Soames Forsyte

Greer Garson ... Irene Forsyte

Walter Pidgeon ... Young Jolyon Forsyte

Robert Young ... Philip Bosinney

Janet Leigh ... June Forsyte

Harry Davenport ... Old Jolyon Forsyte

Aubrey Mather ... James Forsyte
Gerald Oliver Smith ... Wilson

Lumsden Hare ... Roger Forsyte
Stanley Logan ... Swithin Forsyte
Halliwell Hobbes ... Nicholas Forsyte

Matt Moore ... Timothy Forsyte
Florence Auer ... Ann Forsyte Heyman
Phyllis Morris ... Julia Forsyte Small

Marjorie Eaton ... Hester Forsyte
Evelyn Beresford ... Mrs. Taylor
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Jimmy Aubrey ... Cabby (uncredited)

Frank Baker ... Lord Dunstable (uncredited)

Billy Bevan ... Porter (uncredited)

Lilian Bond ... Old Jolyon's Maid (uncredited)
Nina Borget ... Party Guest (uncredited)

Leonard Carey ... Jones - Old Jolyon's Butler (uncredited)
Constance Cavendish ... Alice Forsyte (uncredited)
André Charlot ... Gallery Director in Paris (uncredited)
Jack Chefe ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Wallis Clark ... Cabby (uncredited)
David Dunbar ... Driver (uncredited)
William Eddritt ... Waiter (uncredited)

Herbert Evans ... Dance MC's Voice (uncredited)

Morgan Farley ... Bookseller (uncredited)
Blanche Franke ... Party Guest (uncredited)

Gloria Gordon ... Girl with Gerald (uncredited)

Jimmy Hawkins ... Gerald (uncredited)
Timmy Hawkins ... Freddie Winthrop (uncredited)
Leyland Hodgson ... Detective (uncredited)
Olaf Hytten ... Gallery Assistant in London (uncredited)

Colin Kenny ... Constable (uncredited)
Richard Lupino ... Chester Forsyte (uncredited)
Charles McNaughton ... Hospital Attendant (uncredited)
Renee Mercer ... Martha (uncredited)
Albert Petit ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Norman Rainey ... Footman (uncredited)

Isabel Randolph ... Mrs. Winthrop (uncredited)
Jean Ransome ... Amelia - Maid (uncredited)
Nina Ross ... Louise (uncredited)
Rolfe Sedan ... M. Braval - Gallery Official in Paris (uncredited)
John Sheffield ... Footman (uncredited)
Reginald Sheffield ... Mr. McLean (uncredited)
Gabrielle Windsor ... Jennie (uncredited)
Wilson Wood ... Eric Forsyte (uncredited)

Directed by
Compton Bennett 
Writing credits
John Galsworthy (based on book I of "The Forsyte Saga" by)

Jan Lustig (screen play) &
Ivan Tors (screen play) and
James B. Williams (screen play)

Arthur Wimperis (additional dialogue)

Produced by
Leon Gordon .... producer
Original Music by
Bronislau Kaper (musical score)
Cinematography by
Joseph Ruttenberg (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Fredrick Y. Smith (film editor)
Art Direction by
Daniel B. Cathcart 
Cedric Gibbons 
Set Decoration by
Edwin B. Willis (set decorations)
Costume Design by
Walter Plunkett (costumes: women)
Valles (costumes: men)
Makeup Department
Jack Dawn .... makeup creator
Sydney Guilaroff .... hair styles designer
Production Management
Hugh Boswell .... production manager (uncredited)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Robert E. Barnes .... assistant director (uncredited)
Art Department
Jack D. Moore .... associate set decorator
Sound Department
Douglas Shearer .... recording supervisor
Ralph A. Pender .... sound (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Virgil Apger .... still photographer (uncredited)
Herbert Fischer .... camera operator (uncredited)
Leo Monlon .... grip (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Joan Joseff .... costume jeweller (uncredited)
Music Department
Robert Franklyn .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Other crew
James Gooch .... technicolor color consultant
Henri Jaffa .... technicolor color consultant
Eylla Jacobs .... script supervisor (uncredited)
Crew verified as complete

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"The Forsyte Saga" - Ireland (English title) (imdb display title), UK
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Australia:109 min | Germany:105 min | West Germany:112 min | USA:113 min
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Sound System)
Argentina:Atp | Australia:G | Finland:S | Sweden:Btl | USA:Passed (National Board of Review) | USA:Approved (PCA #13768) | West Germany:12

Did You Know?

Because of the big-name cast, expensive sets, and period costuming, the film was a financial failure, losing $564,000.See more »
Factual errors: In an era of corset-wearing ladies there is a scene where Irene confronts Soames in his office about going on vacation. Garson is dressed in a Victorian nightgown and robe but in various scenes of her seated her bra straps are visible.See more »
Old Jolyon Forsyte:I arranged a respectable marriage for the boy.
Irene Forsyte:Uncle Jolyon, do you think marriage without love can be respectable.
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Movie Connections:
The Lancer's Quadrilles: La DorsetSee more »


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22 out of 26 people found the following review useful.
Flynn Acts!, 1 January 2001
Author: artzau from Sacramento, CA

This is one of the few non-swashbuckling films of Wicked, Wicked Ways Errol and one where he plays a character totally unsympathetic. He does it not merely well but superbly. He could act. Tragically, he was so damn good at using his natural athletic abilities in costume dramas, he never got good roles until he was over the hill. This film made right after the time of his famous sex trial reveals another side of a talented actor. Garson is great as is Robert Young, albeit coming off a bit insipid alongside Errol, playing a foppish socialite. The story of this film is a bit tiresome by today's standards and drags in spots. It is gorgeously photographed with lush costuming but it's Flynn who steals the show-- without even trying. He was only 50 when he died from a debauched lifestyle. Sadly, his last film, Cuban Rebel Girls, made during Fidel's revolt, is an abortion and a pathetic tribute to a man, a talented man, who trilled us all so many times in our youth with his panache, elan and verve. But, this little film, made about 10 years before his demise shows he was indeed, an actor and not merely a star.

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