Ivy (film)

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Ivy
IvyPoster.JPG
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Directed bySam Wood
Produced byW. Cameron Menzies
Written byStory:
Marie Belloc Lowndes
Screenplay byCharles Bennett
Based onThe Story of Ivy 
by Marie Belloc Lowndes
StarringJoan Fontaine
Patric Knowles
Herbert Marshall
Music byDaniele Amfitheatrof
CinematographyRussell Metty
Editing byRalph Dawson
Distributed byUniversal Pictures
Release dates
  • June 26, 1947 (1947-06-26) (United States)
Running time99 minutes
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
 
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Ivy
IvyPoster.JPG
Magazine advertisement
Directed bySam Wood
Produced byW. Cameron Menzies
Written byStory:
Marie Belloc Lowndes
Screenplay byCharles Bennett
Based onThe Story of Ivy 
by Marie Belloc Lowndes
StarringJoan Fontaine
Patric Knowles
Herbert Marshall
Music byDaniele Amfitheatrof
CinematographyRussell Metty
Editing byRalph Dawson
Distributed byUniversal Pictures
Release dates
  • June 26, 1947 (1947-06-26) (United States)
Running time99 minutes
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish

Ivy is a 1947 American crime film noir directed by Sam Wood and written by Charles Bennett, based on The Story of Ivy, the novel written by Marie Belloc Lowndes. The drama features Joan Fontaine, Patric Knowles, Herbert Marshall, among others.[1] The film was entered into the 1947 Cannes Film Festival.[2]

Plot[edit]

Ivy Lexton (Joan Fontaine) is a woman with a hunger to seduce men. Though she already has a husband, Jervis (Richard Ney), and is having an affair with Dr. Roger Gretorex (Patric Knowles), Ivy becomes obsessed with wealthy Miles Rushworth (Herbert Marshall), and is determined to have him.

However, Miles shows no interest because she's a married woman, which angers Lexton. Bored with her monotonous marriage, Ivy plans on poisoning her husband then pinning the blame on Roger so she may run off with Miles. Inspector Orpington (Cedric Hardwicke) is called to investigate Jervis' mysterious death.

Cast[edit]

Critical reception[edit]

The staff of Variety magazine said of the film, "William Cameron Menzies' production has an off-the-beaten path design that helps generate the melodramatic mood desired. Sets are small and players and settings are lensed from close range. Cast performances are good, but reflect directorial obviousness."[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Ivy at the Internet Movie Database.
  2. ^ "Festival de Cannes: Ivy". festival-cannes.com. Retrieved 2009-01-04. 
  3. ^ Variety. Film review, June 26, 1947. Last accessed: December 1, 2009.

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