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Saratoga Trunk (1945)

An opportunistic Texas gambler and the exiled Creole daughter of an aristocratic family join forces to achieve justice from the society that has ostracized them.

Director:

Sam Wood

Writers:

Casey Robinson (screenplay), Edna Ferber (novel)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Gary Cooper ... Colonel Clint Maroon
Ingrid Bergman ... Clio Dulaine
Flora Robson ... Angelique Buiton
Jerry Austin Jerry Austin ... Cupidon
John Warburton ... Bartholomew Van Steed
Florence Bates ... Sophie Bellop
Curt Bois ... Augustin Haussy
John Abbott ... Roscoe Bean
Ethel Griffies ... Clarissa Van Steed
Marla Shelton ... Mrs. Porcelain
Helen Freeman Helen Freeman ... Mrs. Nicholas Dulaine
Sophie Huxley Sophie Huxley ... Charlotte Dulaine
Fred Essler Fred Essler ... Monsieur Begue
Louis Payne Louis Payne ... Raymond Soule
Sarah Edwards Sarah Edwards ... Miss Diggs
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Storyline

On the death of her mother, the vivacious Clio Dulaine returns from Paris to her childhood home in New Orleans to seek revenge for the humiliation her mother suffered there from her father's wife's family. She also plans to marry a rich man to attain the status and respectability her mother never had, but falls for Texas gambler Clint Maroon instead. When he leaves New Orleans for the horse racing season at Saratoga Springs, she follows him there to seek her fortune - or someone else's. Written by Joyce Bradsher <joyceable@aol.com>

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Drama | Romance | Western

Certificate:

18 | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

30 March 1946 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

La exótica See more »

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Budget:

$1,750,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Two songs were published based on themes from the Max Steiner score: "As Long As I Live" and "Goin' Home", both with lyrics by Charles Tobias. See more »

Goofs

In the scene in Ingrid Bergman's bedroom the position of the cigar in Gary Cooper's hand changes. See more »

Quotes

Sophie Bellop: [to Clio] I know my way around this world. I know what it is to be very rich. I know what it is to be very poor. I've lived on nothing for years... in luxury.
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Connections

Referenced in Hollywood Wonderland (1947) See more »

Soundtracks

Dansez Codaine
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Traditional Creole folk tune
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Reminiscent of a certain Southern book
1 September 2008 | by blanche-2See all my reviews

"Saratoga Trunk" is a 1945 film starring Ingrid Bergman and Gary Cooper. It's based on a 1941 book by the great Edna Ferber. Subconsciously she may have had Gone with the Wind on the brain; parts of the story reminded me of GWTW.

Set in the 1890s, Clio Dulaine is an illegitimate child who returns from New Orleans from France with a mulatto servant (Flora Robson) and a dwarf servant, Cupidon (Jerry Austin). She has given herself a Countess title and claims to be a widow. Her mother killed her father by accident, and his family shunned her. Clio takes over the old homestead with the idea of embarrassing her half-sister and the wife of her father, which she does by calling great attention to herself. Her plan is to marry someone very wealthy who can give her the security and respectability she craves. Then she spots Clint Maroon (Cooper), a Texas gambler, and falls for him. The two have a volatile relationship - and he doesn't have any money, so she can't marry him - so he leaves for Saratoga Springs. Eventually the Dulaine family has enough, and their attorney gives her $10,000 to get out of town. She does. She goes to Saratoga Springs and goes after the owner of the railroad, Bart von Steed. But Clint is always around.

Bergman is beautiful in dark hair and wearing the period costumes, and Cooper is drop-dead gorgeous with that incredible 300-watt smile of his. How she could resist him is beyond me. And the love scenes - whoa, what chemistry! The supporting cast is excellent, Robson and Cupidon creating interesting characters, and Florence Bates giving an excellent performance as a socially prominent woman who takes Clio under her wing, knowing she's a big fake.

The film runs a little long, and some of the acting may seem old-fashioned today, but it's an absorbing story filled with atmosphere and vivid performances. The ending won't come as any surprise. It's a fun journey, though.


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