The Constant Nymph Overview:

The Constant Nymph (1943) was a Drama - Drama Film directed by Edmund Goulding and produced by Hal B. Wallis and Henry Blanke.

SYNOPSIS

Romantic melodrama of a young composer living in Switzerland with his mentor and the man's four young daughters, one of whom is secretly in love with the dashing composer. When the mentor dies, a wealthy uncle comes to take the girls to England. With him is his daughter, whom the composer marries after a whirlwind courtship. Back in England, however, he's suffocated by his new life of money and prestige, and his music suffers. When his mentor's daughter comes to him after fleeing her repressive boarding school, he realizes, a bit too late, that she is his true love, and the real inspiration for his art. Under her influence, he composes again, but tragedy strikes during the triumphant performance of his new work.

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Academy Awards 1943 --- Ceremony Number 16 (source: AMPAS)

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Best ActressJoan FontaineNominated
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The Constant Nymph (1943)

By Beatrice on Oct 16, 2014 From Flickers in Time

The Constant Nymph Directed by Edmund Goulding Written by Kathryn Scola from a novel and play by Margaret Kennedy and Basil Dean 1943/USA Warner Bros. First viewing/Amazon Instant Video Despite Joan Fontaine’s excellent performance, the overwrought melodrama lost me by the end. The premie... Read full article


The Constant Nymph (1943)

on Aug 13, 2014 From Journeys in Classic Film

The Constant Nymph plays like the antecedent to 1946’s Humoresque?telling the story of a tormented musician plagued by stress and insecurity hindering their creative juices, and the wrong woman who encourages and enables. Unfortunately, The Constant Nymph is constant in making one’s head... Read full article


The Constant Nymph(1943).

By Dawn on Jun 8, 2012 From Noir and Chick Flicks

The Constant Nymph(1943). A romantic drama. Cast Charles Boyer, Joan Fontaine, Alexis Smith, Brenda Marshall, Charles Coburn, May Whitty, and Peter Lorre. It was adapted by Kathryn Scola from the Margaret Kennedy novel and play by Kennedy and Basil Dean, and directed by Edmund Goulding. After, comp... Read full article


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For a long time, this film wasn't available because the rights to Margaret Kennedy and Basil Dean's play, Margaret Kennedy's novel and the original film rights owned by Gaumont British all became separated at different times in the late 1950s and eventually expired. The script and screen version used in 1943 was a combination of novel and play. Separate contracts were negotiated at that time with both authors. The Kennedy Estate had no objection to the film being shown, but it would have required expensive legal intervention to resolve the contractual situation. Somehow this must have been straightened out as the film is now available. The Library of Congress Film Archive restored it and it premiered at the Turner Classic Movie Festival in spring 2011 and aired later on the TCM cable movie channel.
"Lux Radio Theater" broadcast a 60 minute radio adaptation of the movie onJanuary 10, 1944 with Charles Boyer and Alexis Smith reprising their film roles.
Alfred Hitchcock was considered for directing this film. Hitchcock's wife Alma Reville was one of the writers of The Constant Nymph 1928 version.
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