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Saratoga Trunk (1945)

Approved | | Drama, Romance, Western | 30 March 1946 (USA)
An opportunistic Texas gambler and the exiled Creole daughter of an aristocratic family join forces to achieve justice from the society that has ostracized them.

Director:

Sam Wood

Writers:

Casey Robinson (screenplay), Edna Ferber (novel)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Gary Cooper ... Colonel Clint Maroon
Ingrid Bergman ... Clio Dulaine
Flora Robson ... Angelique Buiton
Jerry Austin Jerry Austin ... Cupidon
John Warburton ... Bartholomew Van Steed
Florence Bates ... Sophie Bellop
Curt Bois ... Augustin Haussy
John Abbott ... Roscoe Bean
Ethel Griffies ... Clarissa Van Steed
Marla Shelton ... Mrs. Porcelain
Helen Freeman Helen Freeman ... Mrs. Nicholas Dulaine
Sophie Huxley Sophie Huxley ... Charlotte Dulaine
Fred Essler Fred Essler ... Monsieur Begue
Louis Payne Louis Payne ... Raymond Soule
Sarah Edwards Sarah Edwards ... Miss Diggs
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Storyline

On the death of her mother, the vivacious Clio Dulaine returns from Paris to her childhood home in New Orleans to seek revenge for the humiliation her mother suffered there from her father's wife's family. She also plans to marry a rich man to attain the status and respectability her mother never had, but falls for Texas gambler Clint Maroon instead. When he leaves New Orleans for the horse racing season at Saratoga Springs, she follows him there to seek her fortune - or someone else's. Written by Joyce Bradsher <joyceable@aol.com>

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Drama | Romance | Western

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

30 March 1946 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

La exótica See more »

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Budget:

$1,750,000 (estimated)
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Warner Bros. See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Warner Bros. purchased the complete wardrobe of Susan Dreer Volkmar, which comprised thirty dresses dating from 1880-1910, some made in Paris, including a complete mourning outfit; a cream colored wedding gown of princess lace; a hostess gown of black satin; a white broadcloth suit; a navy blue suit; and a Chantilly lace parasol. It is not known if these garments appeared as costumes in the film. See more »

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In the opening shot, Clio and her companions are on a boat in the river staring into the sunrise over the French Quarter. However, at this angle, the sun would be rising in the northwest. See more »

Quotes

Clio Dulaine: Won't you come in?
Colonel Clint Maroon: [Thinking he's been propositioned] Hey, uh, what kind of game is this anyway?
[She seems bewildered]
Colonel Clint Maroon: Now, look, Honey. I was born in Texas, but it wasn't yesterday.
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Referenced in Book Revue (1946) See more »

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Unbearable except for the Steiner score...
29 October 2004 | by DoylenfSee all my reviews

For sheer boredom, I can't think of another movie of this period that disappoints me at every turn. Both stars are badly miscast (with Swedish Bergman in a black wig), Flora Robson donning dark make-up that makes her almost unrecognizable, and a storyline that drags at an interminable pace.

The only bright spots are Florence Bates in a juicy supporting role and a melodic Max Steiner romantic score out of which came a warm melody called 'As Long As I Live'.

Well, as long as I live, I can't see why anyone can work up much interest or enthusiasm for this Edna Ferber tale that hardly ranks with her best work. Steiner, fortunately, was able to find inspiration even when the film itself was no more than ordinary. The chemistry between Cooper and Bergman is hardly noticeable here.

Trivia: Jack Warner was considering Olivia de Havilland for the role Bergman plays. De Havilland was having contract troubles with the studio at that time and mercifully she managed to let this one escape after complaining of being overworked.


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