Forever Amber

Forever Amber

Jane Ball
Director: Otto Preminger Cast: Jane Ball
Jane Ball
, Linda Darnell
Linda Darnell
, Edmund Breon
Edmund Breon
Otto Preminger

DVD (Full Frame)

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They said it couldn't be done, but they did it: Kathleen Winsor's "notorious," bestselling bodice-ripper Forever Amber actually made it to the screen in 1947 with full censorial approval. Of course, it was necessary to tone down the more erotic passages of Winsor's novel, but the end result pleased fans of the book and bluenosed nonfans alike. A last-minute replacement for British import Peggy Cummins, Linda Darnell steps into the role of 17th century blonde bed-hopper Amber as though she'd been born to play it. Feeling suppressed by her Puritan upbringing, Amber heads to London, finding considerable success as a courtesan (that's the polite word for it). The first real love of her life is dashing soldier Bruce Carlton, who leaves her pregnant and penniless when he marches off to war. Subsequent amours include the sadistic Earl of Radcliffe (a superbly loathsome performance by comic actor Richard Haydn), handsome highwayman Black Jack Mallard (John Russell) and privateer Captain Rex Morgan (Glenn Langan). Surviving the Plague and the Great London Fire with nary a hair out of place, Amber ends up in the arms of no less than King Charles II (wittily portrayed by George Sanders), but true love, as personified by Bruce Carlton, will always elude her. Taking no chances, 20th Century-Fox sent out Forever Amber with a spoken prologue, heard over the opening credits, which explained that the film in no way endorsed its heroine's libertine behavior, and that she would be amply punished for her sins before fadeout time (that prologue has thankfully been removed from current prints). A model of restraint by today's standards, Forever Amber was sufficiently titillating in 1947 to post an enormous profit, far in excess of its $4 million budget.

Product Details

Release Date: 04/29/2014
UPC: 0024543934448
Original Release: 1947
Rating: NR
Source: Fox Mod
Presentation: [Full Frame]
Time: 2:18:00
Sales rank: 1,344

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Jane Ball Corinne Carlton
Linda Darnell Amber St. Clair
Edmund Breon Lord Redmond
Cornel Wilde Bruce Carlton
Leo G. Carroll Matt Goodgroome
Richard Greene Lord Almsbury
Robert Coote Sir Thomas Dudley
George Sanders Charles II
Jessica Tandy Nan Britton
Natalie Draper Countess of Castlemaine
Anne Revere Mother Red Cap
Richard Haydn Lord Radcliffe
Alma Kruger Lady Redmond
Glenn Langan Capt. Rex Morgan
Alan Napier Landale
John Russell Black Jack Mallard
Margaret Wycherly Mrs. Song
Robert Adler Actor
Richard Bailey Bob Starling
Leonard Carey Dead Caller
Ellen Corby Marge
James Craven Messenger
Cyril Delevanti Cobbler
Vernon P. Downing Fop
Edith Evanson Sarah
Robert Greig Magistrate
Victoria Horne Quaker
Tim Huntley Ivers
Boyd Irwin Lord Rossmore
Ian Keith Tybalt
Skelton Knaggs Blueskin
Lillian Molieri Queen Catherine
David Murray Actor
Ottola Nesmith Mrs. Chiverton
Tempe Piggott Midwife
Peter Shaw Deacon
Will Stanton Dead-Eye
Houseley Stevenson Mr. Starling
Tom Stevenson Groom
Gilchrist Stuart Actor
Norma Varden Mrs. Abbott
Cecil Weston Woman
Frederic Worlock Actor
Pati Behrs Makeup Artist
David Ralston Drunken Pop

Technical Credits
Otto Preminger Director
Alfred Bruzlin Sound/Sound Designer
Jerry Cady Screenwriter
Fred Cavens Consultant/advisor
Walter M. Cott Set Decoration/Design
Philip Dunne Screenwriter
Rene Hubert Costumes/Costume Designer
Ring Lardner Screenwriter
Charles LeMaire Costumes/Costume Designer
Harry M. Leonard Sound/Sound Designer
Thomas K. Little Set Decoration/Design
Louis Loeffler Editor
Alfred Newman Musical Direction/Supervision
Ben Nye Makeup
William Perlberg Producer
David Raksin Score Composer
Fred Sersen Special Effects
Leon Shamroy Cinematographer
Lyle Wheeler Art Director
Darryl F. Zanuck Executive Producer

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