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[[Performer~P166394~Daphne du Maurier~daphnedumaurier]]'s novel formed the basis for this romantic adventure saga. Lady Dona St. Columb ([[Performer~P24127~Joan Fontaine~joanfontaine]]), an English noblewoman, is unhappily married to the weak-willed Harry St. Columb ([[Performer~P24191~Ralph Forbes~ralphforbes]]), while Harry's sinister best friend Lord Rockingham ([[Performer~P58888~Basil Rathbone~basilrathbone]]) makes no secret of his desire for her. When she discovers the ship of a French pirate, Jean Benoit Aubrey ([[Performer~P14985~Arturo DeCordova~arturodecordova]]), docked near her estate, she makes the acquaintance of the dashing buccaneer, and she soon finds herself infatuated with him. Dona impulsively joins Jean as he stages a raid against wealthy landowner Lord Godolphin ([[Performer~P9129~Nigel Bruce~nigelbruce]]); when Dona learns that Harry and Rockingham plan to capture the pirate, she stages a dinner party to distract them and then sends word to Jean that he is in danger. Jean soon appears at the St. Columb estate, putting Harry and Rockingham behind bars and urging Dona to run away with him. She declines, choosing not to follow her heart but to instead stay home to raise her children; however, Rockingham overhears this conversation and uses it to blackmail Dona into having his way with her. Frenchman's Creek earned an Academy Award for [[Performer~P85614~Sam V. Comer~samcomer]]'s set decoration and design. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

Cast

Joan Fontaine
as Lady Dona St. Columb
Arturo de Cordova
as Jean Benoit Aubrey
Basil Rathbone
as Lord Rockingham
Nigel Bruce
as Lord Godolphin
Cecil Kellaway
as William
Ralph Forbes
as Harry St. Columb
Harold Ramond
as Edmund
Moyna MacGill
as Lady Godolphin
Patricia Barker
as Henrietta
Mary Field
as Prue
David Clyde
as Coachman
Charles Coleman
as Footman
Paul Oman
as Luc
Leslie Denison
as John Nankervia
Denis Green
as Philip Rashleigh
Edward Cooper
as Croupier
Allen Pinson
George Barton
Gordon Richards
as Guest
David Thursby
as Ostler
Boyd Irwin
Bob Stevenson
Fred Kohler, Jr.
Constance Worth
Frank S. Hagney
as Cornishman
Leyland Hodgson
Armand Tanny
Art Foster
Henry Escalante
Keith Hitchcock
as Watchman
Kenneth Hunter
Phyllis Barry
as Women in Gambling House
Sammy Stein
Victor Romito
Vince Gironda
Doris Lloyd

Crew

Mitchell Leisen
Director
Buddy G. DeSylva
Producer
Talbot Jennings
Screenwriter
Farciot Edouart
Cinematographer
George Barnes
Cinematographer
Victor Young
Composer (Music Score)
Alma Macrorie
Editor
Ernst Fegte
Art Director
Hans Dreier
Art Director
Sam Comer
Set Designer
Gordon Jennings
Special Effects
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