Cynthia (film)

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Directed by Robert Z. Leonard
Produced by Edwin H. Knopf
Written by Harold Buchman
Charles Kaufman
Buster Keaton
Based on The Rich, Full Life
by Viña Delmar
Starring Elizabeth Taylor
Mary Astor
George Murphy
Music by Bronislau Kaper
Cinematography Charles Edgar Schoenbaum
Edited by Irvine "Cotton" Warburton
Distributed by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Release date
  • August 29, 1947 (1947-08-29)
Running time
98 min.
Country United States
Language English
Budget $1,318,000[1]
Box office $1,648,000[1]

Cynthia is a 1947 film starring Mary Astor, Elizabeth Taylor and George Murphy. The screenplay, by Harold Buchman and Charles Kaufman, was based on the play The Rich, Full Life by Viña Delmar.[2]

Plot summary[edit]

In school, baseball hero Larry Bishop impresses a girl, Louise, and they fall in love. Both coincidentally have dreams of traveling to Vienna, Austria someday to continue their education, Larry in medicine, Louise in music.

When she becomes pregnant, Louise and Larry marry and move to his hometown in Illinois, a small town called Napoleon. He takes a job in Dingle's hardware store and they raise a daughter, Cynthia, who has chronic health problems and is quite frail. Fifteen years later, the Bishops are having trouble making ends meet, can't afford to buy a home and no longer have any illusions about the adventurous lives they intended to lead.

Dr. Fred Jannings has been the family's physician since Cynthia's birth, and strongly recommends against her doing any strenuous activities. Louise ignores this advice and lets Cynthia take a role in the school musical, but her health fails, causing Larry to be angry with his wife.

Cynthia falls for a classmate, Ricky Latham, in the meantime. But as the bills and worries mount, Larry loses his patience and his job one day after his boss, Dingle, objects to his coming late to work. In the end, though, the family unites to embrace the future, satisfied when Larry's boss comes back, hat in hand, asking him to return to his job.



According to MGM records the film earned $1,206,000 in the US and Canada and $442,00 elsewhere, resulting in a loss of $280,000.[1]


  1. ^ a b c The Eddie Mannix Ledger, Los Angeles: Margaret Herrick Library, Center for Motion Picture Study .
  2. ^ Article on film at Turner Classic Movies accessed 8 Jan 2014

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