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Cynara

  • Drama
  • Romance
  • 1932
  • King Vidor
  • 74 mins
  • PG

Summary

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.

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Review

A star rating of 2 out of 5.

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.

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Credits

Cast

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Jim WarlockRonald Colman
Clemency WarlockKay Francis
Doris LeaPhyllis Barry
John TringHenry Stephenson
Milly MilesViva Tattersall
GarlaFlorine McKinney
OnslowClarissa Selwyn
JosephPaul Porcasi
Mr BootsGeorge Kirby
HenryDonald Stewart (1)
MertonWilson Benge

Crew

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DirectorKing Vidor

Details

Theatrical distributor
United Artists Corp. Ltd
Languages
English | Italian
Available on
video
Formats
Black and white
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