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The Saxon Charm (1948)

Approved | | Drama, Film-Noir | 26 May 1949 (Finland)
In order to get his way, New York producer Matt Saxon manipulates and controls everyone around him but his latest protégé, novelist Eric Busch, finally stands-up to him.

Director:

Claude Binyon

Writers:

Frederic Wakeman (novel), Claude Binyon (screenplay)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Robert Montgomery ... Matt Saxon
Susan Hayward ... Janet Busch
John Payne ... Eric Busch
Audrey Totter ... Alma Wragg
Harry Morgan ... Hermy (as Henry Morgan)
Harry von Zell ... Zack Humber
Cara Williams ... Dolly Humber
Chill Wills ... Captain Chatham
Heather Angel ... Vivian Saxon
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Storyline

Eric Busch, a novelist/playwright, and his wife, Janet, go to New York where he arranges to have Matt Saxon, who has a reputation for ruthlessness, produce his play. Saxon insists on so many meetings, changes and revisions that it cause a rift between Eric and Janet. Saxon goes to Hollywood to get a prominent actor to play the lead but the actor, no fan of Saxon, declines. Saxon then deliberately robs his own girlfriend of her chance in Hollywood. The actor then comes to New York and offers to do the play, if someone other than Saxon is the producer. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Drama | Film-Noir

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 May 1949 (Finland) See more »

Also Known As:

The Charming Matt Saxon See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Robert Montgomery patterned his portrayal of a ruthless Broadway producer who lets nothing stand in the way of getting what he wants, after Jed Harris, a noted Broadway impresario who had the same reputation. See more »

Goofs

John Payne and Susan Hayward are swimming. At 43:11, they swim towards Robert Montgomery's yacht. When they board, at 43:45, Robert Montgomery asks John Payne about the new third act of the play. John pats the pocket of his robe and says he has it. The robe could have been borrowed but where did the script come from? They hadn't been aboard it to this point. See more »

Soundtracks

I'm in the Mood for Love
Music by Jimmy McHugh
Lyrics by Dorothy Fields
Sung by Audrey Totter (dubbed by Martha Mears (uncredited))
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Excellent
5 February 2003 | by Roman11See all my reviews

Not the greatest film ever made but it holds due to the fine cast and the superb portrayal of a true scoundrel by Robert Montgomery. I was never much of a Montgomery fan but this was surely worth a nomination. Good story with an insight into the world of Broadway and what happens to naive folk who venture there.


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