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The Constant Nymph (1928)

Sanger, an eccentric expatriate composer, dies in his house in the Austrian Alps, leaving his daughters penniless. The young composer Lewis Dodd, a longstanding friend of the family, falls ... See full summary »


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Credited cast:
Ivor Novello ... Lewis Dodd
Mabel Poulton ... Tessa Sanger
Frances Doble Frances Doble ... Florence Churchill
Mary Clare ... Linda Sanger
Georg Henrich Georg Henrich ... Albert Sanger
Dorothy Boyd Dorothy Boyd ... Pauline Sanger
Tony De Lungo Tony De Lungo ... Roberto
Benita Hume ... Antonia Sanger
Peter Evan Thomas Peter Evan Thomas ... Ike
Yvonne Thomas Yvonne Thomas ... Kate Sanger
J.H. Roberts ... Dr. Churchill
Clifford Heatherley Clifford Heatherley ... Sir Berkeley
Elsa Lanchester ... Lady
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Robert Garrison Robert Garrison ... Trigorin
Erna Sturm Erna Sturm ... Susan


Sanger, an eccentric expatriate composer, dies in his house in the Austrian Alps, leaving his daughters penniless. The young composer Lewis Dodd, a longstanding friend of the family, falls in love with their cousin Florence when she comes to take the girls back to England. But little Tessa Sanger is in love with Lewis herself, and when she runs away from school and comes to live with Florence and her husband, their already-shaky marriage is further undermined... Written by Igenlode Wordsmith

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Release Date:

20 February 1928 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Die treue Nymphe See more »

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Gainsborough Pictures See more »
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1.33 : 1
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It was long thought that no prints of this film survived. However, the British Film Institute's 1992 "Missing Believed Lost" campaign led to the recovery of a copy; this was shown at the National Film Theatre in London, England. See more »

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Mabel Poulton and Ivor Novello
7 December 2013 | by drednmSee all my reviews

What can be said about an impossibly lush, romantic film story that must end in tragedy? In THE CONSTANT NYMPH we have an older composer who is friend to a family of eccentrics living in the Alps. The father is also a famous composer. His children, all girls, are wild mountain nymphs. The young composer, Lewis Dodd, is especially drawn to Tessa, one of the daughters. But how can love between a man and a nymph succeed? After the old composer dies and his hag wife goes away, an uncle from Cambridge takes charge of the girls. The older ones marry right away, but the younger ones are put into a boarding school at the request of Florence, a cousin who is smitten with Lewis Dodd.

But Tessa and her sister run away from school and move in with Lewis after he has stupidly married the ambitious Florence. Florence and Tessa clash constantly and things come to a head during a disastrous party. Florence's dream of social success success are smashed after Lewis runs away with Tessa after the sensational debut of his new symphony. Can Lewis and Tessa find happiness together? The ethereal Mabel Poulton plays Tessa: a mountain nymph, a school girl, a muse. Ivor Novello is Lewis, a man confused by his love for a girl. Frances Doble plays the harsh Florence.Others in the cast include Mary Clare as the hag stepmother. Also Benita Hume and Elsa Lanchester.

Ivor Novello and Mabel Poulton were among the biggest stars of their time. Now, they are sadly forgotten. They make a splendid cinematic team. Neither one had much success in talkies.

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