(out of 5)
Excellent drama adapted from W. Somerset Maugham’s novel. Tyrone Power plays a wealthy socialite who abandons beautiful fiancee Gene Tierney to seek enlightenment in the far east. Having achieved his goal, he travels to Paris where he is reunited with Tierney, but his interests in her are no longer passionate. Instead, he turns his attentions towards bitter alcoholic and drug addict Anne Baxter, who has turned to substance abuse to relieve herself of the grief that afflicted her when she lost her husband and child in an accident. Rich drama that sometimes feels like it’s running a bit long, but is still a good deal stronger than much of the similar material being produced at the time. Power is in top form (a role that revived a flagging career), and the photography is beautiful.
Directed by Edmund Goulding
Cinematography by Arthur C. Miller
Produced by Darryl F. Zanuck
Music by Alfred Newman
Film Editing by J. Watson Webb Jr.
Cast Tags: Anne Baxter, Cecil Humphreys, Clifton Webb, Cobina Wright Sr.,Elsa Lanchester, Frank Latimore, Fritz Kortner, Gene Tierney, Harry Pilcer,Herbert Marshall, John Payne, John Wengraf, Lucile Watson, Tyrone Power
Best Actress in a Supporting Role (Anne Baxter as “Sophie MacDonald”)
Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Clifton Webb as “Elliott Templeton”)
Best Art Direction (Black-and-White) (art direction: Richard Day, Nathan Juran; interior decoration: Thomas Little, Paul S. Fox)
Best Motion Picture (20th Century-Fox)
Golden Globe Awards
Best Supporting Actor (Clifton Webb)
Best Supporting Actress (Anne Baxter)