Sara Ney Biography & Facts
Ivy is a 1947 American crime film noir directed by Sam Wood and written by Charles Bennett, based on the 1927 novel The Story of Ivy by Marie Adelaide Belloc Lowndes. The drama features Joan Fontaine, Patric Knowles, Herbert Marshall and Richard Ney. The film was entered into the 1947 Cannes Film Festival.The song "Ivy," written to promote the film by Hoagy Carmichael but not included in the soundtrack, has become a jazz standard. The film was later adapted in 1951 for the radio version of the NBC drama anthology show Screen Directors' Playhouse, with George Marshall directing in place of Wood, who had died two years after the film's completion in 1949, and Fontaine reprising the title role as Ivy Lexton.
In Edwardian England, Ivy Lexton (Joan Fontaine) is a woman with a taste for the finer things in life. Despairing of her husband Jervis's (Richard Ney), poor prospects, Ivy sees an opportunity in wealthy Miles Rushworth (Herbert Marshall), and is determined to have him, despite being married and having the additional obstacle of her affair with the infatuated Dr. Roger Gretorex (Patric Knowles).
However, because she is already married, Miles shows no interest in her. In response, Ivy tries unsuccessfully to persuade her husband to divorce her, then plans to poison him and pin the blame on Roger, clearing the way for a relationship with Miles. Inspector Orpington (Cedric Hardwicke) is called in to investigate Jervis' mysterious death.
Joan Fontaine as Ivy Lexton
Patric Knowles as Roger Gretorex
Herbert Marshall as Miles Rushworth
Richard Ney as Jervis Lexton
Cedric Hardwicke as Inspector Orpington
Lucile Watson as Mrs. Gretorex
Sara Allgood as Martha Huntley
Henry Stephenson as Judge
Rosalind Ivan as Emily
Lillian Fontaine as Lady Flora
Molly Lamont as Bella Crail
Una O'Connor as Mrs. Thrawn
Isobel Elsom as Miss Chattle
Alan Napier as Sir Jonathan Wright
Paul Cavanagh as Doctor Berwick
Lumsden Hare as Doctor Lanchester
Norma Varden as Joan Rodney
C. Montague Shaw as StevensCritical reception
The staff of Variety magazine said of the film, "William Cameron Menzies' production has an off-the-beaten path design that helps generate the melodramatic mood desired. Sets are small and players and settings are lensed from close range. Cast performances are good, but reflect directorial obviousness."
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