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That Forsyte Woman (1949)

Love among the Forsytes is strange, full of tradition, melancholy and gold digging in this film treatise on Victorian-age rigidity and vestiges of a flawed society.

Director:

Compton Bennett

Writers:

John Galsworthy (based on book I of "The Forsyte Saga" by), Jan Lustig (screen play) | 3 more credits »
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 1 win. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Errol Flynn ... Soames Forsyte
Greer Garson ... Irene Forsyte
Walter Pidgeon ... Young Jolyon Forsyte
Robert Young ... Philip Bosinney
Janet Leigh ... June Forsyte
Harry Davenport ... Old Jolyon Forsyte
Aubrey Mather ... James Forsyte
Gerald Oliver Smith Gerald Oliver Smith ... Wilson
Lumsden Hare ... Roger Forsyte
Stanley Logan Stanley Logan ... Swithin Forsyte
Halliwell Hobbes ... Nicholas Forsyte
Matt Moore ... Timothy Forsyte
Florence Auer ... Ann Forsyte Heyman
Phyllis Morris Phyllis Morris ... Julia Forsyte Small
Marjorie Eaton ... Hester Forsyte
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Storyline

Soames and Irene Forsyte have a marriage of convenience. Young Jolyon Forsyte is a black sheep who ran away with the maid after his wife's death. Teenager June Forsyte has found love with an artist, Phillip Bosinny. The interactions between the Forsytes and the people and society around them is the truss for this love story set in the rigid and strict times of the Victorian age. Written by erasmus

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Taglines:

To men she could be ice . . . or fire . . . or everything! See more »

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 November 1949 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Forsyte Saga See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$3,710,000, 31 December 1949
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Sixth of eight movies that paired Greer Garson and Walter Pidgeon. See more »

Goofs

In an era of corset-wearing ladies there is a scene where Irene confronts Soames in his office about going on vacation. Garson is dressed in a Victorian nightgown and robe but in various scenes of her seated her bra straps are visible. See more »

Quotes

Irene Forsyte: [Seeing Soames for the first time in years in a Parisian gallery] Five years! It's quite a long time! How is London?
Soames Forsyte: [Sadly] Just as gray as ever. Perhaps a little grayer... now.
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Connections

Referenced in Forecast (1945) See more »

Soundtracks

The Lancer's Quadrilles: La Dorset
Composed by Spagnoletti
[the first dance at June's ball]
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Flynn and Garson - A Beautiful Dysfunctional Couple
9 November 2003 | by smithy-8See all my reviews

PBS made two great mini-series on "The Forsyte Saga" in 1968 and 2002. MGM made a good movie, too, about the Forsytes; they called it "That Forsyte Woman". It is a shorter version, but tells the story perfectly.

Casting Robin Hood (Errol Flynn) for Soames Forsyte is very creative, but it worked. This is Mr. Flynn's best performance. Greer Garson plays Soames beautiful but suffering wife, Irene. The chemistry between them makes the movie work. Too bad these great friends never worked again.

What does not work is Robert Young as Philip Bosinney. He was the wrong type and accent. The director should have hired an English actor for the Bosinney role.

The color scheme of the movie is black and white, but it is filmed in color. That is distracting! It is a black and white story. However, the movie is still interesting and it moves quickly.


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