Green Dolphin Street
|Green Dolphin Street|
|Directed by||Victor Saville|
|Produced by||Carey Wilson|
|Written by||Samson Raphaelson
|Based on||Green Dolphin Street
by Elizabeth Goudge
|Music by||Bronislaw Kaper|
|Cinematography||George J. Folsey|
|Edited by||George White|
|5 November 1947|
In the 1840s, on an island in the English Channel, two sisters, Marguerite (Donna Reed) and Marianne Patourel (Lana Turner), daughters of the wealthy Octavius Patourel (Edmund Gwenn), fall in love with the same man, William Ozanne (Richard Hart).
Having settled in New Zealand, William writes a letter to the family proposing marriage to one of the sisters. The father cannot read the letter, so the mother does. The letter asks for Marguerite's hand in marriage, but the mother lies and says he is asking to marry Marianne. Marianne, believing he wants to marry her, decides to set off for New Zealand to be with her intended. When the mother is on her deathbed, she tells Marguerite a story about love and marriage and tells her to apply it to her own life, as a hint that William was not the man for her.
- Lana Turner as Marianne Patourel
- Van Heflin as Timothy Haslam
- Donna Reed as Marguerite Patourel
- Richard Hart as William Ozanne
- Frank Morgan as Dr. Edmond Ozanne
- Edmund Gwenn as Octavius Patourel
- Dame May Whitty as Mother Superior
- Reginald Owen as Captain O'Hara
- Gladys Cooper as Sophie Patourel
- Moyna Macgill as Mrs. Metivier
- Linda Christian as Hine-Moa
- Bernie Gozier as Jacky-Poto
- Patrick Aherne as Kapua-Manga
- Al Kikume as A Maori
- Edith Leslie as Sister Angelique
- Ramsay Ames as Corinne
- Gigi Perreau as Veronica (child)
- Lynn O'Leary-Jameson as Veronica (infant)
- Douglas Walton as Sir Charles Maloney
The film stars Lana Turner, Van Heflin, Donna Reed, and Richard Hart, and features a screenplay by Samson Raphaelson based on the historical novel Green Dolphin Street (1944) by Elizabeth Goudge. The film was directed by Victor Saville and produced by Carey Wilson.
Hart and Heflin, who played romantic rivals in Green Dolphin Street, were similarly cast in B.F.'s Daughter (1948). Hart made only four feature films before his death at an early age, two of them co-starring Heflin.
The film was one of the most popular movies at the British box office in 1948 and MGM's most popular movie of 1947. It earned $4,304,000 in the US and Canada and $2,869,000 elsewhere, but because of its high cost only recorded a profit of $339,000.
Awards and honors
In 1948, the film won the Academy Award for Best Visual Effects, particularly for its depiction of a devastating earthquake. It was also nominated in the categories Cinematography (Black-and-White), Film Editing, Sound Recording (Douglas Shearer) and Special Effects.
The film is recognized by American Film Institute in these lists:
The film's title song, "Green Dolphin Street" (often recorded as "On Green Dolphin Street"), went on to become a jazz standard. The song has been recorded by Bill Evans, Eric Dolphy, The Modern Jazz Quartet, Tony Bennett, Miles Davis, Ahmad Jamal, John Coltrane, Agnieszka Hekiert, *Dick and Kiz Harp, and Grant Green among others.
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