King Vidor (1932)

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Based on a Broadway play, which Sam Goldwyn tended to buy in job lots, Cynara's title came from a poem by Ernest Dowson: "I have always been faithful to thee, Cynara, in my fashion". Goldwyn's publicity department then reminded audiences that Cynara was pronounced "SIN-ara". Directed by King Vidor, it's a story of marital infidelity, with Ronald Colman's London barrister betraying his wife, Kay Francis, by falling for shopgirl Phyllis Barry. It's a tragedy, though the real drama was on the set, when Colman's dislike of the role led to press reports of his drunkenness. Colman sued Goldwyn for $1 million, dropped the case and brazenly announced his retirement. The movie bombed.


A married barrister has an affair, but finds his lover will stop at nothing to force him to leave his wife. Drama, starring Ronald Colman and Kay Francis.

Cast & Crew

Jim Warlock Ronald Colman
Clemency Warlock Kay Francis
Doris Lea Phyllis Barry
John Tring Henry Stephenson
Milly Miles Viva Tattersall
Garla Florine McKinney
Onslow Clarissa Selwyn
Joseph Paul Porcasi
Mr Boots George Kirby
Henry Donald Stewart (1)
Merton Wilson Benge
Director King Vidor
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Other Information

Language: EnglishBlack and whiteTheatrical distributor: United Artists Corp. LtdAvailable on: video