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Ivan Moffat (screenplay)
F. Scott Fitzgerald (novel)
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Release Date:
23 February 1962 (West Germany) See more »
In the tender moments of the night...SHOULD LOVE BE ALL THERE IS? See more »
A Psychiatrist and his life with a patient he helped to recover. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Nominated for Oscar. Another 1 win See more »
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Jennifer Jones ... Nicole Diver

Jason Robards ... Dr. Richard 'Dick' Diver (as Jason Robards Jr.)

Joan Fontaine ... Baby Warren

Tom Ewell ... Abe North

Cesare Danova ... Tommy Barban

Jill St. John ... Rosemary Hoyt

Paul Lukas ... Dr. Dohmler

Bea Benaderet ... Mrs. McKisco
Charles Fredericks ... Mr. Albert Charles McKisco
Sanford Meisner ... Dr. Franz Gregorovious
Mac McWhorter ... Colis Clay
Albert Carrier ... Louis
Richard De Combray ... Francisco Prado
Carole Mathews ... Mrs. Hoyt

Alan Napier ... Señor Pardo
Leslie Farrell ... Topsy Diver
Michael Crisalli ... Lanier Diver
Earl Grant ... Piano Player
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Katherine Berger ... Nurse (uncredited)
Jean Bori ... The Barber (uncredited)
Ralph Brooks ... Night Club Patron (uncredited)
Maggi Brown ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Arlette Clark ... Governess (uncredited)
George Clark ... Young Roman Aristocrat (uncredited)

Con Covert ... Female Impersonator (uncredited)
Maurice Dallimore ... Sir Charles Golding (uncredited)
Jean De Briac ... Dr. Faurore (uncredited)
Marcel De la Brosse ... Proprietor (uncredited)
Vera de Winter ... Nurse (uncredited)
Bruno Della Santina ... Reception Clerk (uncredited)
Nora Evans ... Singer (uncredited)
Eric Feldary ... Headwaiter (uncredited)
Jacques Gallo ... Gendarme (uncredited)
Renee Godfrey ... Nurse (uncredited)
Tom Hernández ... Nobelman (uncredited)
Linda Hutchings ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Kenner G. Kemp ... New Year's Eve Celebrant (uncredited)
Michael Korda ... Italian Gentleman (uncredited)
Joseph La Cava ... Bartender (uncredited)
Armand Largo ... Reporter (uncredited)
Louis Mercier ... Concierge (uncredited)
Forbes Murray ... Restaurant Patron (uncredited)
Gilbert Paol ... Maitre d'Hotel (uncredited)
Carl Princi ... Assistant Manager (uncredited)

John Richardson ... Young Man Being Photographed (uncredited)
Art Salter ... Photographer (uncredited)
Arthur Tovey ... Night Club Patron (uncredited)
Orrin Tucker ... Orchestra Leader (uncredited)
Carol Veazie ... Mrs. Dumphrey (uncredited)
Florene Williams ... Girl (uncredited)
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Directed by
Henry King 
Writing credits
Ivan Moffat (screenplay)

F. Scott Fitzgerald (novel)

Produced by
Henry T. Weinstein .... producer
Peter Levathes .... executive producer (uncredited)
Original Music by
Bernard Herrmann 
Cinematography by
Leon Shamroy 
Film Editing by
William Reynolds 
Art Direction by
Malcolm Brown 
Jack Martin Smith 
Set Decoration by
Paul S. Fox 
Walter M. Scott 
Costume Design by
Marjorie Best 
Makeup Department
George Masters .... hair stylist: Miss Jones
Ben Nye .... makeup artist
Helen Turpin .... hair styles supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Eli Dunn .... assistant director
Sound Department
Warren B. Delaplain .... sound
Bernard Freericks .... sound
Visual Effects by
L.B. Abbott .... special photographic effects
Emil Kosa Jr. .... special photographic effects
Camera and Electrical Department
Vincent Rossell .... still photographer (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Joan Joseff .... costume jeweller (uncredited)

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142 min | 132 min (FMC Library Print)
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2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Westrex Recording System)
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Did You Know?

The first plans for a screen adaption dates back to the 1930s, when F. Scott Fitzgerald wanted to make it a Norma Shearer vehicle. Producer and Shearer's husband Irving Thalberg voted against it.See more »
Anachronisms: The American flag adorning the child's sand castle has it's stars arranged in the staggered rows of 5 and 6 stars as in the current 50 stars arrangement. An American flag of the 1920's would have had its stars in the 6 row's of 8 arrangement.See more »
Mr. Albert Charles McKisco:What's your place in the economy of life, Barban?
Tommy Barban:I shoot
Mr. Albert Charles McKisco:Just any old thing, huh?
Tommy Barban:Well, er... buffalo in Africa, tigers in India, Bolsheviks in Europe...
Mr. Albert Charles McKisco:Don't you ever get the urge to do anything?
Tommy Barban:Yes. I would like to restore the Holy Roman Empire.
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9 out of 9 people found the following review useful.
"We Loved Once In Spendor", 6 December 2010
Author: bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York

Despite David O. Selznick's omnipresence whenever his wife was involved in a film even if it wasn't his own, director Henry King managed to make a fine film adaption of F. Scott Fitzgerald's celebrated autobiographical novel, Tender Is The Night. Jennifer Jones and Jason Robards, Jr. are nothing short of wonderful in the leads.

A lot of the personal lives of both the leads went into roles of Nicole and Dick Diver. Jennifer Jones saw enough tragedy in her life for about five people and saw the inside of mental institutions a few times while on the mortal coil. And Jason Robards love of the grape was also well known.

Robards purportedly is Fitzgerald himself who fell in love with a high flying millionairess Zelda Sayre and the easy living he became accustomed to sapped his creative energy. In this work Robards is a psychiatrist who forgot professional ethics and fell in love with his patient. Zelda Fitzgerald also saw the inside of an asylum, but no one ever affected a lasting cure for her.

The two live in real luxury as American expatriates in Europe and 20th Century Fox spent no small expense turning the locations in Europe like the Riviera, Paris, and Zurich into what they looked like in the Twenties. Bernard Herrmann wrote a musical score that interwove more melodies from that era than I could count.

Robards falls in love with the beautiful Jones as he helps bring her out of her mental illness. The Code was as omnipresent as David O. Selznick and the barest hint of the cause of her illness was made because talk of incest was still a big taboo. It would take Chinatown more than ten years later to bring that sin into the open on screen. One thing that wasn't included from the novel was a theme of miscegenation as well in deference to our Southern audiences still not the beneficiaries of the Civil Rights revolution. Fascinating as to what was considered worse by Hollywood box office standards in 1962.

Joan Fontaine plays Jennifer's older sister and custodian of the family legacy. The father was one of those robber baron tycoons who committed suicide and of course it was that and the incest that drove Jones to her illness. Fontaine totally misreads Robards as a fortune hunter, but since he's pried the family's dirty secret from Jennifer's mind, better to have him in the family. Because of Jennifer's illness Fontaine controls the family purse strings.

Loving Jones and at the same time resentful of being tied financially to her, Robards loses professional detachment. This was something he should have learned from his mentor Paul Lukas who has a small part. Tender Is The Night is an object lesson about not getting involved with a patient personally.

Tom Ewell as a Broadway composer who has lost his muse in alcohol has a good role as a kind of hanger on to the Robards/Jones party world. He's a good ornament to have at a party. I believe his role might be based on Vincent Youmans who gave up his career to both tuberculosis and to a drinking problem. The theme song by Sammy Fain and Paul Francis Webster also serves as a symbol of a lot of unfinished lives. Ewell keeps playing the melody and he can't complete it. When someone else does he takes it all wrong and tragedy ensues.

The title song Tender Is The Night is one of my favorite movie melodies. I have a recording of it by Tony Martin and it received the only Academy Award nomination the film had. The song lost to the title song of another fine film, The Days Of Wine And Roses. Personally I like Tender Is The Night much better.

Tender Is The Night was the farewell directing assignment for Henry King who in his long career directed some of the best films 20th Century Fox ever made. For some reason he's not considered at the very top of his profession and I think it's because he was contracted to one studio and stayed there. I think the reasoning is that if you're the very best you can go from studio to studio and you must be the best if everyone wants you. A contract director like King just gets assignments. But King always did his films with a certain amount elegance to them and so what if he toiled only at one dream factory. Guys like King and Woody Van Dyke and Clarence Brown at MGM always get a short shrift when discussing directors.

Fitzgerald purists will not be crazy about Tender Is The Night, but I think it holds up very well almost fifty years after its first release. Really top flight entertainment.

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