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Ivan Moffat (screenplay)
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23 February 1962 (West Germany) 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:

Leon Alton ... Restaurant Patron (uncredited)
Katherine Berger ... Nurse (uncredited)
Jean Bori ... The Barber (uncredited)
Paul Bradley ... Waiter (uncredited)
Ralph Brooks ... Night Club Patron (uncredited)
Maggi Brown ... Minor Role (uncredited)
George Bruggeman ... Restaurant Patron (uncredited)
John Burnside ... Restaurant Patron (uncredited)

Steve Carruthers ... Night Club Patron (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)
Jack Gordon ... Restaurant Patron (uncredited)
Herschel Graham ... Restaurant Patron (uncredited)
Tom Hernández ... Nobelman (uncredited)
Linda Hutchings ... Minor Role (uncredited)

Kenner G. Kemp ... New Year's Eve Celebrant (uncredited)
Paul King ... Night Club Patron (uncredited)
Michael Korda ... Italian Gentleman (uncredited)
Joseph La Cava ... Bartender (uncredited)
Armand Largo ... Reporter (uncredited)
Louis Mercier ... Concierge (uncredited)

Sol Murgi ... Restaurant Patron (uncredited)

Forbes Murray ... Restaurant Patron (uncredited)
George Nardelli ... Restaurant Patron (uncredited)
Monty O'Grady ... Restaurant Patron (uncredited)
Gilbert Paol ... Maitre d'Hotel (uncredited)
Carl Princi ... Assistant Manager (uncredited)
Anthony Redondo ... Bar Patron (uncredited)
Waclaw Rekwart ... Bar Patron (uncredited)

John Richardson ... Young Man Being Photographed (uncredited)
Victor Romito ... Waiter (uncredited)
Clark Ross ... Waiter (uncredited)
Art Salter ... Photographer (uncredited)

Cosmo Sardo ... Restaurant Patron (uncredited)
Bernard Sell ... Restaurant Patron (uncredited)
Norman Stevans ... Restaurant Patron (uncredited)
Arthur Tovey ... Night Club Patron (uncredited)
Orrin Tucker ... Orchestra Leader (uncredited)
Carol Veazie ... Mrs. Dumphrey (uncredited)
Florene Williams ... Girl (uncredited)

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
Lila Finn .... stunts (uncredited)
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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Sound Mix:
Mono (Westrex Recording System)
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The Divers are based on real-life couple Gerald and Sara Murphy, friends and patrons of the famous, including the author of this story, F. Scott Fitzgerald. Poet Archibald Macleish once said of the Murphys that "there was a shine to life wherever they were".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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David Selznick's Valentine to his Wife Jennifer Jones, 1 September 2007
Author: AndersonWhitbeck from United States

David Selznick loved his wife Jennifer Jones. John Huston wrote in his "An Open Book" that "David laid everything on the line for his adored Jennifer". This movie was years in the making and while this was a 20th Century Fox production, not a Selznick International production Mr. Selznick was always behind the scenes suggesting ideas for the Movie. Selznick himself tried for many years to personally produce this property but could not get the financing.

Based on F. Scott Fitzgerald's classic novel, Ivan Moffat wrote a fine screenplay, and David Selznick approved Henry King as Director for as DOS put it " Henry King gets the best results with Jennifer" as King directed Jennifer Jones in two of her greatest hits her Oscar winning performance in "Song of Bernadatte" and Oscar Nominated "Love Is A Many Splendored Thing" both hits at 20th Century Fox. Oscar Winner Joan Fontaine in her auto biography "No Bed Of Roses" noted that Henry King downplayed the erotic nature of Nicole and Dick Diver relationship, and also that Joan Fontaine was treated like an extra by the crew but not by Jennifer Jones who was a Friend.

Jennifer Jones was a major star in the l940's and early to mid 1950's with 5 nominations and one Oscar win but semi retired for 5 years from 1956 thru 1961 and that is a long, possibly too long an absence for a major star to be off the screen. Jennifer Jones was as good an actress as Meryl Streep is regarded today, and was very analytical in her performances. In this film Jennifer Jones- An Academy Award Winner and Major star for nearly 20 years- had Paula Stasberg -most famous as coach to Marilyn Monroe-as her on set acting coach which irked Henry King no end. Ms. Fontaine, again in her book No Bed of Roses scoffed at the coaching and in her bio wrote "Charming and Talented Jennifer was the most insecure Actress I ever worked with" Fontaine noted that Jennifer would hold up production as she talked long distance with Selznick in Hollywood things such as set dressing! Fontaine observed that Director Henry King had not the slightest care or understanding of European cafe society.

The movie is lushly produced and David Selznick insisted they shoot some of the scenes in Europe in Zurich, on the Riviera and in Paris. In fact Selznick wanted the entire film to be shot in Paris rather than 20th's stages in Beverly Hills. The movie is very well cast with stars who can act: Jennifer Jones, Jason Robards and Joan Fontaine as Jennifer's brittle older sister. Some criticism was made of the fact Jennifer Jones was too old to play Nicole I disagree. Jennifer Jones eschewing 20th's makeup man Ben Nye and costumers Charles Le Maire and William Travilla- looks beautiful, and younger due to George Masters great hairstyles and famed designer Balmain's great outfits than Jennier Jones did in Selznick's " A Farewell To Arms" five years earlier.

Many top Male stars and previous Jennifer Jones leading Men such as William Holden and Gregory Peck were offered the role of Nick Diver and declined but I gather they felt in any DOS obsessed production Jennifer Jones would be the spotlighted star not them. Correct! The role of Nick went to Jason Robards and while in the early 60's he had not attained the stature as he would later in his career I feel Robards is superb and the chemistry between Jason Robards and Jennifer Jones is real on screen. It is also great to see Oscar winner Paul Lukas in a small pivotal role.

Some of David Selzinck's complaints about the movie are accurate: some of the sets are not at all 'Roaring 20's like', and the music could be more reflective of the period.

When the movie was released it was not well received and David Selznick requested 20th pull back the movie and add scenes, but alas 20th Century Fox released it worldwide "as it was" and after the fanfare of a big New York premiere, it was quickly released and forgotten. All except the beautiful theme- which Selznick hated- which was Oscar nominated and played today the song is haunting and beautiful.

Tender Is The Night was Jennifer Jones last movie as a true Superstar. The Selznick's hoped this film would garner Jennifer a 6th Best Actress Nomination and return her to the upper strata of leading ladies. At the time of his death David Selznick was in talks for Jennifer to appear in one of Ross Hunter's great soap operas at Universal in the hope that a Ross Hunter film would do for Jennifer what Hunter's great films did for Lana Turner mid career.

The Idol in 1966 with Michael Parks, and the disastrous 1969 Angel Angel Down We Go would follow and a cameo in the Towering Inferno and Ms. Jones would retire.

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