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Director  Victor Saville
Music director  Bronislaw Kaper
Country  United States
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Genre  Adventure, Romance, Drama
Screenplay  Samson Raphaelson
Language  English
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Writer  Samson Raphaelson, Carey Wilson
Release date  5 November 1947
Based on  Green Dolphin Street 1944 novel  by Elizabeth Goudge
Cast  Lana Turner (Marianne Patourel), Van Heflin (Timothy Haslam), Donna Reed (Marguerite Patourel), Richard Hart (William Ozanne), Frank Morgan (Dr. Edmond Ozanne), Edmund Gwenn (Octavius Patourel)
Similar movies  Once Were Warriors, The Piano, Whale Rider, Boy, The Pa Boys, Flight of the Albatross
Tagline  A Fiery Girl Who Dares The Dangers Of The Sea And A Savage Land... Fighting For The Love Of A Bold Adventurer!

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Green Dolphin Street is a 1947 historical drama film released by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer and based on the novel by Elizabeth Goudge.


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Plot summary

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In the 1840s, on an island in the English Channel, two sisters, Marguerite (Donna Reed) and Marianne Patourel (Lana Turner), daughters of the wealthy Octavius Patourel (Edmund Gwenn), fall in love with the same man, William Ozanne (Richard Hart).

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Having settled in New Zealand, William writes a letter to the family proposing marriage to one of the sisters. The father cannot read the letter, so the mother does. The letter asks for Marianne's hand in marriage. Marianne, decides to set off for New Zealand to be with him. William expecting Marguerite, realizes later when he sees Marianne come off the boat that he wrote the wrong name in the letter. When the mother is on her deathbed, she tells Marguerite a story about love and marriage and tells her to apply it to her own life, as a hint that William was not the man for her.


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  • Lana Turner as Marianne Patourel
  • Van Heflin as Timothy Haslam
  • Donna Reed as Marguerite Patourel
  • Richard Hart as William Ozanne
  • Frank Morgan as Dr. Edmond Ozanne
  • Edmund Gwenn as Octavius Patourel
  • Dame May Whitty as Mother Superior
  • Reginald Owen as Captain O'Hara
  • Gladys Cooper as Sophie Patourel
  • Moyna Macgill as Mrs. Metivier
  • Linda Christian as Hine-Moa
  • Bernie Gozier as Jacky-Poto
  • Patrick Aherne as Kapua-Manga
  • Al Kikume as A Maori
  • Edith Leslie as Sister Angelique
  • Ramsay Ames as Corinne
  • Gigi Perreau as Veronica (child)
  • Lynn O'Leary-Jameson as Veronica (infant)
  • Douglas Walton as Sir Charles Maloney
  • Production background

    The film stars Lana Turner, Van Heflin, Donna Reed, and Richard Hart, and features a screenplay by Samson Raphaelson based on the historical novel Green Dolphin Street (1944) by Elizabeth Goudge. The film was directed by Victor Saville and produced by Carey Wilson.

    Hart and Heflin, who played romantic rivals in Green Dolphin Street, were similarly cast in B.F.'s Daughter (1948). Hart made only four feature films before his death at an early age, two of them co-starring Heflin.


    The film was one of the most popular movies at the British box office in 1948 and MGM's most popular movie of 1947. It earned $4,304,000 in the US and Canada and $2,869,000 elsewhere, but because of its high cost only recorded a profit of $339,000.

    Awards and honors

    In 1948, the film won the Academy Award for Best Visual Effects, particularly for its depiction of a devastating earthquake. It was also nominated in the categories Cinematography (Black-and-White), Film Editing, Sound Recording (Douglas Shearer) and Special Effects.

    The film is recognized by American Film Institute in these lists:

  • 2005: AFI's 100 Years of Film Scores – Nominated
  • Theme song

    The film's title song, "Green Dolphin Street" (often recorded as "On Green Dolphin Street"), went on to become a jazz standard. The song has been recorded by Bill Evans, Eric Dolphy, The Modern Jazz Quartet, Albert Ayler, Tony Bennett, Miles Davis, Ahmad Jamal, John Coltrane, Agnieszka Hekiert, *Dick and Kiz Harp, Steps Ahead, and Grant Green among others.

    Radio adaptation

    Green Dolphin Street was presented on Lux Radio Theatre September 19, 1949. The adaptation starred Turner, Heflin, and Peter Lawford.


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