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The Constant Nymph (1928)

Sanger, an eccentric expatriate composer, dies in his house in the Austrian Alps, leaving his daughters penniless. The young composer Lewis Dodd, a longstanding friend of the family, falls ... See full summary »

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Adrian Brunel

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Adrian Brunel, Basil Dean (play) | 4 more credits »
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Cast

Credited cast:
Ivor Novello ... Lewis Dodd
Mabel Poulton ... Tessa Sanger
Frances Doble Frances Doble ... Florence Churchill
Mary Clare ... Linda Sanger
Georg Henrich Georg Henrich ... Albert Sanger
Dorothy Boyd Dorothy Boyd ... Pauline Sanger
Tony De Lungo Tony De Lungo ... Roberto
Benita Hume ... Antonia Sanger
Peter Evan Thomas Peter Evan Thomas ... Ike
Yvonne Thomas Yvonne Thomas ... Kate Sanger
J.H. Roberts ... Dr. Churchill
Clifford Heatherley Clifford Heatherley ... Sir Berkeley
Elsa Lanchester ... Lady
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Robert Garrison Robert Garrison ... Trigorin
Erna Sturm Erna Sturm ... Susan
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Storyline

Sanger, an eccentric expatriate composer, dies in his house in the Austrian Alps, leaving his daughters penniless. The young composer Lewis Dodd, a longstanding friend of the family, falls in love with their cousin Florence when she comes to take the girls back to England. But little Tessa Sanger is in love with Lewis herself, and when she runs away from school and comes to live with Florence and her husband, their already-shaky marriage is further undermined... Written by Igenlode Wordsmith

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 February 1928 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Die treue Nymphe See more »

Filming Locations:

Austria

Company Credits

Production Co:

Gainsborough Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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It was long thought that no prints of this film survived. However, the British Film Institute's 1992 "Missing Believed Lost" campaign led to the recovery of a copy; this was shown at the National Film Theatre in London, England. See more »

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Version of The Constant Nymph (1943) See more »

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O For a Muse of Fire That Would Ascend The Brightest Heaven of Invention
11 June 2018 | by bobliptonSee all my reviews

Adrian Brunel's silent movie is a lush, richly acted version of the story of how Ivor Novello, a rising young composer, marries Frances Doble, only to realize too late that she is not the wife for him; she is a staid and society-bound woman, who thinks it would be wonderful to be the wife of a great composer, but who would keep him, in the words of the title cards, in a silver sty; he realizes he actually loves Mabel Poulton, the wild daughter of his deceased friend and fellow composer, Georg Henrich.

Gaumont-British spared no expense in shooting this movie, with location photography in the Tyrolean Alps and impressive credits behind the camera -- not only avant-garde director Brunel, but Basil Dean and Alma Reville as screenplay writers. Novello is superb in his role, moving easily from comedy to tragedy in a way that reminded me of Fredric March a decade later. Poulton is also beautifully nuanced, and even Miss Doble performs her semi-villainous role with an air that made me sympathize with her.

What the beautifully tinted print I saw lacked, I realized, as I watched the final quarter hour, was a score. Perhaps there was one composed and played live in the major houses when this premiered ninety years ago. If so, I can find no record of it. For a movie about a symphonic composer -- two composers, actually -- to be presented with a piano or a drop-needle score is almost a burlesque. A movie like this requires a major score, and watching it without one is like watching a ghost; no matter how used to battered prints and poor presentation a longtime fan of silent movies may be, it eats away at the pleasure of watching what so obviously was a great movie to see it presented without the score it requires.


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