Director: Robert Z. Leonard Cast: Morris Ankrum, Elizabeth Taylor, George Murphy

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Fifteen-year-old Elizabeth Taylor receives her first screen kiss in the innocuous MGM confection Cynthia. Taylor plays the title character, a sickly, sheltered young lady who is never permitted the companionship of other teenagers. Frustrated though Cynthia may be, she has nothing on her parents, Larry and Louise Bishop (George Murphy and Mary Astor), who feel they could have gotten a lot further in life had they remained childless Only by discovering that she has a gorgeous (albeit dubbed) singing voice is Cynthia able to break out of her shell and join the high school choir, under the benevolent leadership of cuddly Professor Rosencrantz (S. Z. Sakall). Along the way, the girl's parents overcome their resentment and learn to appreciate their daughter for the prize that she is. As a bonus, Cynthia also falls in love with Ricky Latham (James Lydon), who bestows that historic first kiss on her blushing cheek (Elizabeth Taylor and James Lydon would later be reteamed in Warner Bros.' Life with Father). Based on a play by Vina Delmar, Cynthia is a "programmer" by MGM standards, but an "A"-picture by any other studio's standards.

Product Details

Release Date: 07/21/2009
UPC: 0883316173916
Original Release: 1947
Rating: NR
Source: Warner Archives
Presentation: [B&W, Full Frame]
Time: 1:38:00
Sales rank: 21,584

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Morris Ankrum Mr. Phillips
Elizabeth Taylor Cynthia Bishop
George Murphy Larry Bishop
Scotty Beckett Will Parker
S.Z. Sakall Prof. Rosenkrantz
Mary Astor Louise Bishop
Carol Brannan Fredonia Jannings
Harlan Briggs J.M. Dingle
Spring Byington Carrie Jannings
Gene Lockhart Dr. Fred I. Jannings
Barbara Challis Alice
Kathleen Howard McQuillan
Shirley Johns Stella Regan
Jimmy Lydon Ricky Latham
Anna Q. Nilsson Miss Brady
Will Wright Gus Wood

Technical Credits
Robert Z. Leonard Director
Harold Buchman Screenwriter
Cedric Gibbons Art Director
Johnny Green Songwriter,Musical Direction/Supervision
Irene Costumes/Costume Designer
Bronislau Kaper Score Composer
Charles S. Kaufman Screenwriter
Edwin H. Knopf Producer
Paul G. Chamberlain Set Decoration/Design
Charles E. Schoenbaum Cinematographer
Irvine Warburton Editor
Edwin B. Willis Set Decoration/Design

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Cynthia 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
bluesiamese More than 1 year ago
Loved, loved, loved this film! Great acting and plot gets you hooked early on.... "Cynthia" is Ms. Taylor at her very brightest and most beautiful! Great ~ Why don't they make movies like this anymore?! Cynthia Bailey ~