That Forsyte Woman

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That Forsyte Woman
That Forsyte Woman - Poster.jpg
1949 Theatrical Poster
Directed by Compton Bennett
Produced by Leon Gordon
Written by John Galsworthy (novels The Forsyte Saga)
Jan Lustig
Ivan Tors
James B. Williams
Arthur Wimperis (additional dialogue)
Starring Errol Flynn
Greer Garson
Walter Pidgeon
Robert Young
Janet Leigh
Music by Bronislau Kaper
Cinematography Joseph Ruttenberg
Edited by Frederick Y. Smith
Distributed by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Release dates
November 3, 1949 (1949-11-03)
Running time
112 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $2,612,000[1]
Box office $3,697,000[1]
Home Video VHS cover

That Forsyte Woman (released in the United Kingdom as The Forsyte Saga) is a 1949 romance film starring Greer Garson, Errol Flynn, Walter Pidgeon, Robert Young and Janet Leigh. It is an adaptation of The Man of Property, the first novel in The Forsyte Saga by John Galsworthy.

Walter Plunkett and Arlington Valles were nominated for an Academy Award for Best Costume Design, Color. The original music score was composed by Bronislau Kaper.

Plot summary[edit]

Greer Garson in That Forsyte Woman

Irene (Greer Garson) is the wife of Victorian "man of property" Soames Forsyte (Errol Flynn), having married without love but after many proposals. Rebelling against her husband's preoccupation with material possessions, a list in which she is included, Irene falls in love with unconventional architect Philip Bosinney (Robert Young), who is engaged to Soames' niece June (Janet Leigh), one of Irene's closest friends. Soames learns of Irene's affair with Bosinney, and rather than allowing Irene to leave him, he reasserts his physical rights. When Soames and Bosinney discover that Irene has run away, Bosinney rushes out in the foggy London streets after her, only to be run over in an accident. After Irene learns of Bosinney's death she takes refuge with Soames' cousin Young Jolyon (Walter Pidgeon), who is June's estranged father but has sympathy for Irene's plight. Irene and Young Jolyon eventually marry, after Irene spurns Soames' attempts at reconciliation.

Main cast[edit]

Actor Role
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


Reportedly, Flynn was originally cast as the bohemian artist Jolyon, and Pidgeon as the stuffy banker Soames. When they met on the set, and discovered that they both were tired of being typecast, they decided to switch roles.[2]


Box Office[edit]

The film was the 9th most popular movie at the British box office in 1949.[3] It recorded admissions of 1,341,629 in France.[4]

According to MGM records the film made $1,855,000 in the US and Canada and $1,855,000 overseas, ultimately earning the studio a loss of $574,000.[1]


  1. ^ a b c 'The Eddie Mannix Ledger’, Margaret Herrick Library, Center for Motion Picture Study, Los Angeles
  2. ^ Tony Thomas, Rudy Behlmer & Clifford McCarty, The Films of Errol Flynn, Citadel Press, 1969 p 162-163
  3. ^ "Lockwood out to regain status.". The Mail (Adelaide, SA : 1912 - 1954) (Adelaide, SA: National Library of Australia). 13 January 1951. p. 6 Supplement: SUNDAY MAGAZINE. Retrieved 26 April 2012. 
  4. ^ 1951 French box office figures at Box Office Story

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