Frenchman's Creek (film)
|Directed by||Mitchell Leisen|
|Produced by||Buddy G. DeSylva|
|Written by||Daphne Du Maurier (novel)
Arturo de Córdova
|Music by||Victor Young|
|Editing by||Alma Macrorie|
|Distributed by||Paramount Pictures|
Frenchman's Creek is a 1944 adaptation of the Daphne du Maurier novel (about an aristocratic English woman who falls in love with a French pirate), released by Paramount Pictures. The film starred Joan Fontaine, Arturo de Córdova, Basil Rathbone, Cecil Kellaway, and Nigel Bruce. Filmed in Technicolor, it was directed by Mitchell Leisen. The musical score was by Victor Young, who incorporated the main theme of French composer Claude Debussy's Clair de Lune as the love theme for the film.
Fontaine was under contract to independent producer to David O. Selznick, who only produced a few films each year. Typically, he loaned out his contract players and director Alfred Hitchcock (who had a contract with Selznick from 1940 to 1947) to other studios. In this case, Fontaine was loaned to Paramount for this lavish production. She later complained about her work with director Leisen and some of her costars.
Although the film has not been released on DVD, it has been shown on American Movie Classics.
- Joan Fontaine - Dona St. Columb
- Arturo de Córdova - Jean Benoit Aubrey
- Basil Rathbone - Lord Rockingham
- Nigel Bruce - Lord Godolphin
- Cecil Kellaway - William
- Ralph Forbes - Harry St. Columb
- Harald Maresch - Edmond (as Harald Ramond)
- Billy Daniel - Pierre Blanc (as Billy Daniels)
- Moyna MacGill - Lady Godolphin
- Patricia Barker - Henrietta
- David James - James
- Charles Coleman - Thomas, the footman
- David Clyde as Martin, the coachman
- The Wicked Lady, a British film made a year later and telling a similar story but with very different sensibilities.
- Frenchman's Creek at the American Film Institute Catalog
- Frenchman's Creek at the Internet Movie Database
- Frenchman's Creek on Theater of Romance: May 22, 1954