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Forever Amber (1947)

Forever Amber (1947)

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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.

Cast

Linda Darnell
as Amber St. Clair
Cornel Wilde
as Bruce Carlton
George Sanders
as Charles II
Richard Greene
as Lord Almsbury
Richard Haydn
as Earl of Radcliffe
Jessica Tandy
as Nan Britton
Anne Revere
as Mother Red Cap
John Russell
as Black Jack Mallard
Jane Ball
as Corinne Carlton
Robert Coote
as Sir Thomas Dudley
Leo G Carroll
as Matt Goodgroome
Natalie Draper
as Countess of Castlemaine
Alma Kruger
as Lady Redmond
Edmund Breon
as Lord Redmond
Alan Napier
as Landale
Perry William Ward
as Little Bruce
Richard Bailey
as Bob Starling
Robert Adler
as Cavalier
David Murray
as Cavalier
Peter Shaw
as Deacon
James B. Ames
as Galeazzo
Lillian Molieri
as Queen Catherine
Ian Keith
as Tybalt
Norma Varden
as Mrs. Abbott
James Craven
as Messenger
Ottola Nesmith
as Mrs. Chiverton
Pati Behrs
as Makeup Artist
Eric Noonan
as 1st Mate
Robert Greig
as Magistrate
Glenn Langan
as Rex Morgan
Jimmy Lagano
as Bruce at Age 3
Boyd Irwin
as Lord Rossmore
Leonard Carey
as Dead Caller
Will Stanton
as Dead-Eye
Tex C.C. Gilmore
as One-legged Man
David Ralston
as Drunken Pop
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Critic Reviews for Forever Amber

All Critics (7) | Top Critics (4)

Here is a $4 million (and claimed to be more) picture that looks its cost.

October 23, 2007 | Full Review…
Variety
Top Critic

The film runs for two hours and twenty minutes, which is just about an hour too long considering its repetitious nature and the fact that it is pretty trashy stuff.

January 28, 2006 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
New York Times
Top Critic

Preminger's direction lacks the sophisticated lightness of touch that Mitchell Leisen brought to the in some ways similar Kitty.

January 26, 2006 | Full Review…
Time Out
Top Critic

It's a lush Fox production, photographed in Technicolor by the great Leon Shamroy and directed by a wholly uninterested Otto Preminger.

January 1, 2000 | Full Review…
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Preminger's lavish production of the erotic historical novel is artistically one of his weakest films, but also one of his biggest commercial hits.

July 9, 2012 | Rating: C | Full Review…
EmanuelLevy.Com

Disappointing adaptation of Kathleen Winsor's lurid best-seller novel.

January 19, 2008 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…
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Audience Reviews for Forever Amber

½

A very well done period piece starring the beautiful Linda Darnell.

Mason Williams
Mason Williams

Super Reviewer

½

Linda is ravishing and the costumes are incredibly sumptous, they had to cut the guts out of the novel but on its own terms a fun ride.

jay nixon
jay nixon

Super Reviewer

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