The Saxon Charm

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The Saxon Charm
The Saxon Charm - 1948 - Poster.jpg
1948 theatrical poster
Directed by Claude Binyon
Produced by Joseph Sistrom
Written by Frederic Wakeman (novel)
Claude Binyon
Starring Robert Montgomery
Susan Hayward
Distributed by Universal Pictures
Release dates
September 29, 1948
Running time
88 min.
Country U.S.A.
Language English

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.

The film stars Robert Montgomery and Susan Hayward with John Payne, Audrey Totter, Harry Morgan, Harry von Zell, Cara Williams and Chill Wills.


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.


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