The Saxon Charm
|The Saxon Charm|
1948 theatrical poster
|Directed by||Claude Binyon|
|Produced by||Joseph Sistrom|
|Written by||Frederic Wakeman (novel)
|Distributed by||Universal Pictures|
|Release date(s)||September 29, 1948|
|Running time||88 min.|
The Saxon Charm is a 1948 drama film made by Universal International Pictures. It was written and directed by Claude Binyon and produced by Joseph Sistrom, based on a novel by Frederic Wakeman. The music score was by Walter Scharf and the cinematography was by Milton R. Krasner.
In a hospital, theatrical producer Matt Saxon is introduced to writer Eric Busch, and ends up offering to produce Eric's new play with financing from millionaire Zack Humber.
Alma Wragg, a singer, is Saxon's girlfriend, but she warns Eric's wife Janet about the producer's notorious "Saxon charm" that coaxes others into doing his bidding, only to end up badly for everyone involved. Sure enough, Saxon's behavior soon ruins Alma's nightclub audition.
It isn't long before Saxon makes a pest of himself, interrupting a beach vacation Eric and Janet take, closing the show after a poor review, then persuading Eric to go off by himself to do rewrites. Saxon loses the financial backing of Humber so he works on his ex-wife to put up the money, not knowing she is broke.
Alma gets a chance to be in a Hollywood movie, but Saxon interferes with that as well. Janet, upset by Eric's absences, begins drinking and threatens to leave him. Eric finally punches Saxon, who is so oblivious to his destructive nature, he even contributes to his ex-wife's suicide. Eric and Janet get away from him just in time.
- Robert Montgomery as Saxon
- Susan Hayward as Janet
- John Payne as Eric
- Audrey Totter as Alma
- John Baragrey as Peter
- Cara Williams as Dolly
- Chill Wills as Captain
- Heather Angel as Vivian
- Harry von Zell as Humber
- Harry Morgan as Hermy
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