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Cynthia (film)

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Genre  Comedy, Drama
Country  United States
6.1/10 IMDb

Director  Robert Z. Leonard
Music director  Bronislaw Kaper
Language  English
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Writer  Charles Kaufman, Buster Keaton
Release date  August 29, 1947 (1947-08-29)
Based on  The Rich, Full Life  by Vina Delmar
Screenplay  Buster Keaton, Harold Buchman, Charles Kaufman
Cast  Elizabeth Taylor (Cynthia Bishop), George Murphy (Larry Bishop), S.Z. Sakall (Prof. Rosenkrantz), Mary Astor (Louise Bishop), Gene Lockhart (Dr. Fred I. Jannings), Spring Byington (Carrie Bishop Jannings)
Similar movies  The Perks of Being a Wallflower, The First Time, Three Steps Above Heaven, Moonrise Kingdom, Blue Is the Warmest Color, Barcelona Summer Night
Tagline  You'll fall in love with Cynthia

Cynthia is a 1947 film starring Mary Astor, Elizabeth Taylor and George Murphy. The screenplay, by Harold Buchman and Charles Kaufman, was based on the play The Rich, Full Life by ViƱa Delmar.


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Plot summary

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In school, baseball hero Larry Bishop impresses a girl, Louise, and they fall in love. Both coincidentally have dreams of traveling to Vienna, Austria someday to continue their education, Larry in medicine, Louise in music.

When she becomes pregnant, Louise and Larry marry and move to his hometown in Illinois, a small town called Napoleon. He takes a job in Dingle's hardware store and they raise a daughter, Cynthia, who has chronic health problems and is quite frail. Fifteen years later, the Bishops are having trouble making ends meet, can't afford to buy a home and no longer have any illusions about the adventurous lives they intended to lead.

Dr. Fred Jannings has been the family's physician since Cynthia's birth, and strongly recommends against her doing any strenuous activities. Louise ignores this advice and lets Cynthia take a role in the school musical, but her health fails, causing Larry to be angry with his wife.

Cynthia falls for a classmate, Ricky Latham, in the meantime. But as the bills and worries mount, Larry loses his patience and his job one day after his boss, Dingle, objects to his coming late to work. In the end, though, the family unites to embrace the future, satisfied when Larry's boss comes back, hat in hand, asking him to return to his job.


  • Elizabeth Taylor as Cynthia Bishop
  • Mary Astor as Louise Bishop
  • George Murphy as Larry Bishop
  • S. Z. Sakall as Professor Rosenkrantz
  • Gene Lockhart as Dr. Fred Jannings
  • Spring Byington as Carrie Jannings
  • James Lydon as Ricky Latham
  • Scotty Beckett as Will Parker
  • Anna Q. Nilsson as Miss Brady
  • Minerva Urecal as Maid
  • Morris Ankrum as Mr. Phillips
  • Kathleen Howard as McQuillan
  • Shirley Johns as Stella Regan
  • Harlan Briggs as J.M. Dingle
  • Will Wright as Gus Wood
  • Reception

    According to MGM records the film earned $1,206,000 in the US and Canada and $442,00 elsewhere, resulting in a loss of $280,000.


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