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Release Date:
22 December 1959 (West Germany) See more »
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Toward the end of his life F. Scott Fitzgerald is writing for Hollywood studios to be able to afford the cost of an asylum for his wife. He is also struggling against alcoholism. Into his life comes the famous gossip columnist. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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glossy and soapy, and miscast See more (16 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Gregory Peck ... F. Scott Fitzgerald

Deborah Kerr ... Sheilah Graham

Eddie Albert ... Bob Carter

Philip Ober ... John Wheeler
Herbert Rudley ... Stan Harris
John Sutton ... Lord Donegall
Karin Booth ... Janet Pierce
Ken Scott ... Robinson
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Cindy Ames ... Miss Bull (uncredited)
Don Anderson ... Attendee at Preview (uncredited)
Mel Berger ... Man Who Sings (uncredited)
Paul Bradley ... Dinner Party Guest (uncredited)
Harry Carter ... TWA Agent (uncredited)
Buck Class ... Dion (uncredited)
Paul Cristo ... Attendee at Preview (uncredited)
Harry Denny ... Mr. Foster (uncredited)
Tom Duggan ... Nunnally Johnson (uncredited)
Donald Durrell ... Student Putting on Play (uncredited)
Douglas Evans ... Harry (uncredited)
Bess Flowers ... Attendee at Preview (uncredited)
George Ford ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Joseph Forte ... Intellectual Man (uncredited)
Frank Gerstle ... Frank - Reporter (uncredited)
Mickey Golden ... Mailman (uncredited)
James Gonzalez ... Reporter (uncredited)
A. Cameron Grant ... Fred Johnson (uncredited)
Tom Greenway ... Director (uncredited)
Robert Haines ... Man at Airport (uncredited)
Jim Hayward ... Smedley Jones - Beach Bum (uncredited)
Jonathan Hole ... Dr. Hoffman (uncredited)
Stuart Holmes ... Restaurant Diner (uncredited)
Linda Hutchings ... Airline Stewardess (uncredited)
Ted Jordan ... Radio Director (uncredited)
Kenner G. Kemp ... Dinner Party Guest (uncredited)

Jack Kruschen ... Darby Forsythe - Beach Bum (uncredited)
Lita Leon ... Dolly Arden (uncredited)
Maurice Manson ... Jack Hellman (uncredited)
Mary McClure ... Young Girl on Plane (uncredited)
Harold Miller ... Attendee at Preview (uncredited)
Hans Moebus ... Attendee at Preview (uncredited)
King Mojave ... Attendee at Preview (uncredited)
Ralph Montgomery ... Plane Passenger (uncredited)
Mary Ellen Popel ... Miss Clayton (uncredited)
Ed Prentiss ... Attendee at Preview (uncredited)
Cosmo Sardo ... Dinner Party Guest (uncredited)
Mary Jane Saunders ... Student Putting on Play (uncredited)
Jeffrey Sayre ... Man at Airport (uncredited)
Charles Tannen ... Radio Director (uncredited)
Bob Turnbull ... Assistant Director (uncredited)
Elmore Vincent ... Neighbor (uncredited)
Paul von Schreiber ... Newsboy (uncredited)

Dan White ... Bookshop Proprietor (uncredited)

Directed by
Henry King 
 
Writing credits
Sy Bartlett (screenplay)

Sheilah Graham (based on the book by) and
Gerold Frank (based on the book by)

Produced by
Jerry Wald .... producer
 
Original Music by
Franz Waxman 
 
Cinematography by
Leon Shamroy (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
William Reynolds 
 
Art Direction by
Maurice Ransford 
Lyle R. Wheeler 
 
Set Decoration by
Eli Benneche 
Walter M. Scott 
 
Costume Design by
Bill Thomas 
 
Makeup Department
Ben Nye .... makeup artist
Helen Turpin .... hair stylist
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Stanley Hough .... assistant director
Jack Stubbs .... assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Fred R. Simpson .... property master (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Harry M. Leonard .... sound
E. Clayton Ward .... sound
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Lee Crawford .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Fred Hall .... head gaffer (uncredited)
Paul Lockwood .... camera operator (uncredited)
Leo McCreary .... key grip (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Willie Mae Neal .... costumer: women (uncredited)
Wesley Trist .... wardrobe: men (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Leonard Doss .... color consultant
 
Music Department
Edward B. Powell .... orchestrator
Leonid Raab .... orchestrator (as Leon Raab)
 
Other crew
Rose Steinberg .... script supervisor (uncredited)
 
Crew believed to be complete


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123 min
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2.35 : 1 See more »
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4-Track Stereo (Westrex Recording System)

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Trivia:
At a studio preview, Scott and Sheila view the finale of That Night in Rio (1941).See more »
Goofs:
Anachronisms: After Graham arrives in New York, a shot of her standing on the street shows 1940s and 50s cars reflected in a store window next to her, even though the scene is set in 1936.See more »
Soundtrack:
Mexican Hat Dance (El jarabe tapatío)See more »

FAQ

Why is Zelda, Fitzgerald's wife, not in the cast of characters? There's no mention of her at all. Why?
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glossy and soapy, and miscast, 2 September 2014
Author: blanche-2 from United States

Deborah Kerr and Gregory Peck are Sheilah Graham and F. Scott Fitzgerald in "Beloved Infidel," based on Sheilah Graham's autobiography. 20th Century Fox gave this a big, glossy production, with Henry King as director.

In the movie, Sheilah goes to the set of In Old Chicago with one "Mr. Harris" (Zanuck) and we see an actual scene from the film re-enacted. Graham has apparently criticized the actress Jane Pierce (Alice Faye) and Miss Pierce isn't happy to see her. In the cafeteria, there is a large photo of Shirley Temple, and next to her is Tyrone Power. Yes, we're at Fox, all right.

Graham is an aspiring writer looking for work, and at a party, she meets F. Scott Fitzgerald, who has come out to Hollywood and is writing screenplays. The two fall in love. Zelda, Scott's wife, has been institutionalized by then, and his daughter Francis is in school. Fitzgerald needs the film work to pay his bills.

History tells us that Fitzgerald was a big flop writing for movies; most of his work is uncredited or just not used. His glorious prose did not translate to the screen. In this version of his story, he starts drinking heavily after he is fired from the studio. In reality he had been an alcoholic since college. The alcohol temporarily breaks them up.

Certainly one of the most fascinating people who ever lived is F. Scott Fitzgerald, and Sheilah Graham pulled herself up from nothing to become an important columnist. But neither of these people come off as especially fascinating or interesting.

For me, Gregory Peck was miscast as Fitzgerald, whom I believe was, for one thing, much less robust, had a weaker character, and was probably drunk most of the time. Peck does as well as he can, but I think he was smart enough to know there was no way he could convey the personality of the real Fitzgerald. It wasn't in the script. Deborah Kerr, in my opinion, was an underrated actress, and she gives a marvelous performance here. But she probably wasn't playing Sheilah Graham.

The script simply isn't specific or detailed enough to give us an idea of who these people really were.

People have speculated how much of this story is true. Most of it - Fitzgerald did move to Hollywood, he did flop out in movies, he did fall for Sheilah Graham, they did live together, he did start to write The Last Tycoon; the incident toward the end of the movie at the theater did happen, and the end of the film was basically correct. As far as what they were both like -- you'll have to find another source for that.

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