IVY (1947) + BORN TO BE BAD (1950)
*Double Feature* IVY (1947) with BORN TO BE BAD (1950)
IVY (1947) - Screening in 35mm.
London, 1909: Edwardian beauty Ivy Lexton (Joan Fontaine) enchants wealthy Miles Rushworth (Herbert Marshall), but he's hung up about going too far with a married woman. Ivy resolves to rid herself — quickly — of her excess baggage, namely her broke husband Richard Ney and current lover Patric Knowles. Based on a novel by Marie Belloc Lowndes, author of the oft-filmed "The Lodger." "William Cameron Menzies' production has an off-the-beaten path design that helps generate the melodramatic mood desired." – Variety. "The perfect Menzies movie." ¬– production designer Richard Sylbert. DIR Sam Wood; SCR Charles Bennett, from the novel "The Story of Ivy" by Marie Belloc Lowndes; PROD William Cameron Menzies. U.S., 1947, b&w, 99 min. NOT RATED
BORN TO BE BAD (1950)
If ALL ABOUT EVE is the grande dame of unrepentant, underhanded social climbing, BORN TO BE BAD, also released in 1950, is its bratty kid sister. Joan Fontaine subverts her ingénue image playing a smiling, scheming young social climber who sows seeds of discontent between her guardian Joan Leslie and Leslie's fiancé Zachary Scott, marries the wealthy but wimpy Scott herself, then seduces her main squeeze, he-man novelist Robert Ryan. Mel Ferrer delights as a catty society painter, the only one immune to Fontaine's wicked charms, and something of a Greek chorus to her rise and fall. DIR Nicholas Ray; SCR Edith Sommer, Charles Schnee, from the novel "All Kneeling" by Anne Parrish; PROD Robert Sparks. U.S., 1950, b&w, 94 min. NOT RATED
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