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Ivy (1947)

Approved | | Crime, Drama, Thriller | 3 September 1947 (Mexico)
An Edwardian belle meets a rich bachelor, but what to do about her husband and her lover?


Sam Wood


Charles Bennett (screenplay), Marie Belloc Lowndes (novel)
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Complete credited cast:
Joan Fontaine ... Ivy Lexton
Patric Knowles ... Roger Gretorex
Herbert Marshall ... Miles Rushworth
Richard Ney ... Jervis Hamilton Lexton
Cedric Hardwicke ... Police Inspector Orpington (as Sir Cedric Hardwicke)
Lucile Watson ... Mrs. Gretorex
Sara Allgood ... Martha Huntley
Henry Stephenson ... Judge
Rosalind Ivan ... Emily
Lilian Fontaine Lilian Fontaine ... Lady Flora
Molly Lamont ... Bella Crail
Una O'Connor ... Matilda Thrawn
Isobel Elsom ... Charlotte Chattle
Alan Napier ... Sir Jonathan Wright


In 1909, the beautiful but amoral British belle Ivy Lexton meets older, rich Miles Rushworth; undeterred by the prior claims of her husband Jervis and lover Roger, she goes after Miles and has no trouble fascinating him, but oddly enough he has compunctions about making love to other men's wives. The means that Ivy reluctantly adopts to resolve the problem of too many men promise disaster for all concerned. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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IVY...Pity the men in her life!


Crime | Drama | Thriller


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"The Screen Guild Theater" broadcast a 30 minute radio adaptation of the movie on January 19, 1948 with Joan Fontaine and Patric Knowles reprising their film roles. See more »


Jervis Lexton: [as Ivy is poisoning him] All this stupid expense of doctors and nonsense, you must hate me for it.
Ivy Lexton: No, I don't hate you. I sometimes wish I weren't so fond of you.
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Version of Lux Video Theatre: Ivy (1956) See more »


by Hoagy Carmichael
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Joan Fontaine shines darkly as duplicitous killer in period melodrama
19 November 2001 | by bmacvSee all my reviews

Poor Ivy: Though to the manner born, she had the bad luck to marry a charming wastrel (Richard Ney). As the movie is set in the 20s or 30s, when rigid Victorian ideas of class were starting to fray at the edges, this uncertain status vexes her unduly. The Gretorexes (for so they are called) don't know where their next shilling is coming from but there are yachting parties and fancy-dress balls in posh pleasaunces aplenty to tempt her. When Ivy (Joan Fontaine) makes the acquaintance of a wealthy older gent (Herbert Marshall, who must have been born middle-aged), she sets one of her extravant chapeaux for him. Luckily, one of the beaux she still strings along (Patric Knowles) is a physician whose consulting rooms provide a cache of poison, with which she bids her hubby farewell. The fact that it implicates Knowles doesn't phase her a bit, even as the hours trickle by until he should be hanged by the neck until dead. The turning of the plot depends on police inspector Sir Cedric Hardwicke; Knowles' mother (the redoubtable Lucile Watson); and Knowles' loyal housekeeper (Una O'Connor). Sam Wood adds some subtle touches to this well above average melodrama; Fontaine's luminous face supplies the rest.

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Release Date:

3 September 1947 (Mexico) See more »

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Production Co:

Interwood Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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