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The Moon and Sixpence (1942)

Approved | | Drama, Romance | 27 October 1942 (USA)
Loosely inspired by Gauguin's life, the story of Charles Strickland, a middle-aged stockbrocker who abandons his middle-class life, his family, and his duties to start painting, as he has ... See full summary »

Director:

Albert Lewin

Writers:

W. Somerset Maugham (novel), Albert Lewin
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
George Sanders ... Charles Strickland
Herbert Marshall ... Geoffrey Wolfe
Doris Dudley Doris Dudley ... Blanche Stroeve
Eric Blore ... Capt. Sandy Nichols
Albert Bassermann ... Dr. Coutras
Florence Bates ... Tiare Johnson
Steven Geray ... Dirk Stroeve (as Steve Geray)
Elena Verdugo ... Ata
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Loosely inspired by Gauguin's life, the story of Charles Strickland, a middle-aged stockbrocker who abandons his middle-class life, his family, and his duties to start painting, as he has always wanted to do. He is from then on a awful human being, wholly devoted to his ideal: beauty. Written by Yepok

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Strange DREAMS - He had ideas he never told her about...He didn't dare! See more »

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Drama | Romance

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 October 1942 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

W. Somerset Maugham's The Moon and Sixpence See more »

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Budget:

$401,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Color:

Black and White (gold tint) (reels 6-10)| Black and White (Sepiatone) (reels 1-5)| Color (Technicolor) (some sequences) (last reel)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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George Sanders, Herbert Marshall and Albert Bassermann also acted together in Alfred Hitchcock's Foreign Correspondent. See more »

Alternate Versions

There is a tinted and a color sequence toward the end of the film, both of which have recently been restored, but for many years this film was seen only in black-and-white. See more »

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"Neither the skill of his brush nor the beauty of his canvas could hide the ugliness of his life."
19 December 2011 | by moonspinner55See all my reviews

Fair adaptation of W. Somerset Maugham's novel, loosely based on the story of artist Paul Gauguin, concerns a 40-year-old stockbroker in London, anti-social and misogynistic, who leaves his wife and children for life as a painter in Paris; soon, he's ruined more lives, and just as swiftly moved on to Tahiti, brushes and canvas intact. For an episodic tale of an inscrutable artist who destroys everyone he touches, this literate, well-cast and well-made film starts out in a surprisingly light key. Herbert Marshall is the curious writer (and the film's narrator) who befriends the maddeningly aloof George Sanders, and the first half of the picture is quite strong. However, once the action turns to the islands (with handsomely tinted black-and-white photography), interest in the central character wanes. The finale isn't as gripping as it should have been, though this is no reflection on Sanders or Marshall, both excellent. ** from ****


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