The Constant Nymph (1943 film)
|The Constant Nymph|
|Directed by||Edmund Goulding|
|Produced by||Henry Blanke
Hal B. Wallis
|Written by||Margaret Kennedy (novel and play)
Basil Dean (play)
|Music by||Erich Wolfgang Korngold|
|Editing by||David Weisbart|
|Distributed by||Warner Bros. Pictures|
|Release date(s)||June 23, 1943|
|Running time||112 minutes|
The Constant Nymph is a 1943 romantic drama film starring Charles Boyer, Joan Fontaine, Alexis Smith, Brenda Marshall, Charles Coburn, May Whitty, and Peter Lorre. It was adapted by Kathryn Scola from the Margaret Kennedy novel and play by Kennedy and Basil Dean, and directed by Edmund Goulding.
- Charles Boyer as Lewis Dodd
- Joan Fontaine as Tessa Sanger
- Alexis Smith as Florence Creighton
- Brenda Marshall as Toni Sanger
- Charles Coburn as Charles Creighton
- May Whitty as Lady Longborough
- Peter Lorre as Fritz Bercovy
- Joyce Reynolds as Paula Sanger
- Jean Muir as Kate Sanger
- Montagu Love as Albert Sanger
- Eduardo Ciannelli as Roberto
- Janine Crispin as Marie
- Doris Lloyd as Miss Hamilton
- Joan Blair as Lina
- André Charlot as Dr. Renee
- David Clyde as Florist
The will of Margaret Kennedy stated that the film could be shown only at universities and museums after its original theatrical run ended. Edmund Goulding's biographer Matthew Kennedy wrote that Joan Fontaine spoke "rapturously" of The Constant Nymph. "She was nominated for a best actress Oscar for it," he stated, "and it remains a personal favorite of hers."
The above explanation differs significantly from that presented at the Internet Movie Database, which states that the film is no longer available because the script of the 1943 screen version derived from both the novel by Margaret Kennedy and the play by Margaret Kennedy and Basil Dean, which are legally separate, and expensive legal intervention was needed to resolve the contractual situation.
The result of these legal hurdles is that the film was unavailable for exhibition for nearly seventy years. The film received its first authorized public screening in decades as part of the 2011 Turner Classic Movies Classic Film Festival.
- LIFE. "Movie of the Week: The Constant Nymph" - August 2, 1943 - Page 38.
- Kennedy, Matthew (2004). Edmund Goulding’s Dark Victory: Hollywood’s Genius Bad Boy. University of Wisconsin Press.
- TCM Fest: 'The Constant Nymph' (1943), a rediscovered gem
- TCM Classic Film Festival: 'Night Flight,' 'The Constant Nymph,' 'Hoop-La'
- DVD Savant Review: The Constant Nymph
- The Constant Nymph at the American Film Institute Catalog
- The Constant Nymph at the Internet Movie Database
- The Constant Nymph at the TCM Movie Database
- The Constant Nymph at AllRovi
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