The Constant Nymph (1943)





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In this filmization of Margaret Dean's novel, a self-centered European musician is idolized by a young Belgian girl with a serious heart condition. Though he is fond of the girl, the composer opts for a wealthy marriage to her socialite cousin -- and lives to regret the move.
Classics , Drama , Romance
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Warner Bros.

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Joan Fontaine
as Tessa Sanger
Charles Boyer
as Lewis Dodd
Alexis Smith
as Florence Creighton
Jean Muir
as Kate Sanger
Charles Coburn
as Charles Creighton
Brenda Marshall
as Toni Sanger
Dame May Whitty
as Lady Longborough
Peter Lorre
as Fritz Bercovy
Joyce Reynolds
as Paula Sanger
Montagu Love
as Albert Sanger
Doris Lloyd
as Miss Hamilton
Joan Blair
as Lina
André Charlot
as Dr. Renee
Dick Ryan
as Firil Trigorin
Crauford Kent
as Thorpe
Marcel Dalio
as Georges
Clemence Groves
as Concert Soloist
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Critic Reviews for The Constant Nymph

All Critics (3)

This Hollywood romantic drama is star Joan Fontaine's favorite of all her films.

Full Review… | June 29, 2014
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

The Constant Nymph's most telling moments slip by rather than announce themselves.

Full Review… | October 13, 2011
Not Coming to a Theater Near You

Joan Fontaine received her third and last Oscar nomination for this romantic melodrama, well played by Charles Boyer.

Full Review… | June 10, 2011

Audience Reviews for The Constant Nymph


Lovely romantic film with a wonderful performance by Joan Fontaine and sold support from Charles Boyer & Alexis Smith; Erich Wolfgang Korngold's score adds much character to this beautiful motion picture.

Michael Troudt
Michael Troudt

Very good. I hadn't seen a Peter Lorre film in awhile and although he is the supporting role here, he makes it a better one. Interesting interplay between Boyer and the two cousins...each seeking his heart. What decision will he make?

John Ballantine
John Ballantine

Super Reviewer

The Constant Nymph (1943) is based on Margaret Dean's 1924 novel; it was filmed twice before 1928 and 1933. The plot was substantially the same in all three versions: A self-absorbd European musician (Charles Boyer) is idolized by the daughter of an older mentor (Montague Love) and his four daughters, espically young Joan Fontaine (in her third Oscar nominated role) who is frail. Though he is fond of the girl, the composer opts for a marriage to her cousin (Alexis Smith) but does not find satisfaction as she pushes him socially. Peter Lorre, taking a respite from villainous roles, is quite effective as a philosophical family friend. Composer Erich Wolfgang Korngold wrote a wonderful score. (35mm print viewed at the Library of Congress, 2010.)

Larry  Smith
Larry Smith

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