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The Constant Nymph (1943)

Fourteen-year-old Tessa is hopelessly in love with handsome composer Lewis Dodd, a family friend. Lewis adores Tessa, but has never shown any romantic feelings toward her. When Tessa's ... See full summary »

Director:

Edmund Goulding

Writers:

Kathryn Scola (screenplay), Margaret Kennedy (novel) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Charles Boyer ... Lewis Dodd
Joan Fontaine ... Tessa Sanger
Alexis Smith ... Florence Creighton
Brenda Marshall ... Toni Sanger
Charles Coburn ... Charles Creighton
May Whitty ... Lady Constance Longborough (as Dame May Whitty)
Peter Lorre ... Fritz Bercovy
Joyce Reynolds ... Paula Sanger
Jean Muir ... Kate Sanger
Montagu Love ... Albert Sanger
Eduardo Ciannelli ... Roberto (as Edward Ciannelli)
Janine Crispin ... Marie
Doris Lloyd ... Miss Hamilton
Joan Blair Joan Blair ... Lina Kamaroff
André Charlot André Charlot ... Dr. Renee (as Andre Charlot)
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Storyline

Fourteen-year-old Tessa is hopelessly in love with handsome composer Lewis Dodd, a family friend. Lewis adores Tessa, but has never shown any romantic feelings toward her. When Tessa's father dies, Lewis contacts her late mother's wealthy family so they'll take care of Tessa and her sisters. Lewis becomes taken with Tessa's haughty cousin Florence and the two soon marry and head off for Florence's estate in England. Meanwhile, Florence sends Tessa and her sister Paula off to finishing school. The girls run away from school and Tessa moves in with Florence and Louis. Florence soon becomes consumed with jealousy over the bond between her husband and Tessa. Written by Daniel Bubbeo <dbubbeo@cmp.com>

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Taglines:

He tried to divide his heart and broke theirs.

Genres:

Drama | Music | Romance

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 July 1943 (Mexico) See more »

Also Known As:

La ninfa constante See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

"Lux Radio Theater" broadcast a 60 minute radio adaptation of the movie on January 10, 1944 with Charles Boyer and Alexis Smith reprising their film roles. See more »

Connections

Featured in Between Two Worlds: Erich Wolfgang Korngold (2001) See more »

Soundtracks

Tomorrow
(uncredited)
Words by Margaret Kennedy
by Erich Wolfgang Korngold
Sung by Joan Fontaine (dubbed by Sally Sweetland) with chamber group
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A Korngold fan's delight
30 August 2002 | by lestoboySee all my reviews

I saw this film on television when I was in my early teens but unfortunately, due to legal problems over the screenplay rights, it cannot be shown on television or released to video at this time. I have collected several recordings of Korngold's beautiful score including a moving performance of his Tone Poem "Tomorrow". The film's star, Joan Fontaine, has said this is, along with "Letter From An Unknown Woman" (1948) her favorite among her films. Fortunately the film is safeguarded in the Turner vaults and hopefully they will be able to bring this truly wonderful movie back into the public eye in the near future.


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