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Cynthia Details


Fifteen-year-old Elizabeth Taylor receives her first screen kiss in the innocuous MGM confection Cynthia. Taylor plays the title character, a sickly, sheltered young lady who is never permitted the companionship of other teenagers. Frustrated though Cynthia may be, she has nothing on her parents, Larry and Louise Bishop (George Murphy and Mary Astor), who feel they could have gotten a lot further in life had they remained childless Only by discovering that she has a gorgeous (albeit dubbed) singing voice is Cynthia able to break out of her shell and join the high school choir, under the benevolent leadership of cuddly Professor Rosencrantz (S. Z. Sakall). Along the way, the girl's parents overcome their resentment and learn to appreciate their daughter for the prize that she is. As a bonus, Cynthia also falls in love with Ricky Latham (James Lydon), who bestows that historic first kiss on her blushing cheek (Elizabeth Taylor and James Lydon would later be reteamed in Warner Bros.' S. Z. Sakall). Based on a play by Vina Delmar, Cynthia is a "programmer" by MGM standards, but an "A"-picture by any other studio's standards. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi


Elizabeth Taylor
as Cynthia Bishop
Morris Ankrum
as Mr. Phillips
George Murphy
as Larry Bishop
Scotty Beckett
as Will Parker
S.Z. Sakall
as Prof. Rosenkrantz
Mary Astor
as Louise Bishop
Harlan Briggs
as J.M. Dingle
Spring Byington
as Carrie Jannings
Gene Lockhart
as Dr. Fred I. Jannings
Kathleen Howard
as McQuillan
Jimmy Lydon
as Ricky Latham
Anna Q. Nilsson
as Miss Brady
Will Wright
as Gus Wood


Robert Z. Leonard
Edwin H. Knopf
Vina Delmar
Play Author
Harold Buchman
Charles E. Schoenbaum
Johnny Green
Johnny Green
Musical Direction/Supervision
Bronislau Kaper
Composer (Music Score)
Cedric Gibbons
Art Director
Edwin B. Willis
Set Designer
Costume Designer