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Daphne du Maurier's novel formed the basis for this romantic adventure saga. Lady Dona St. Columb (Joan Fontaine), an English noblewoman, is unhappily married to the weak-willed Harry St. Columb (Ralph Forbes), while Harry's sinister best friend Lord Rockingham (Basil Rathbone) makes no secret of his desire for her. When she discovers the ship of a French pirate, Jean Benoit Aubrey (Arturo DeCordova), 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 (Nigel Bruce); 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 Sam V. Comer'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
David Thursby
as Ostler
Phyllis Barry
as Women in Gambling House
Boyd Irwin
Armand Tanny
Sammy Stein
Vince Gironda
Henry Escalante
George Barton
Fred Kohler, Jr.
Bob Stevenson
Constance Worth
Edward Cooper
as Croupier
Victor Romito
Doris Lloyd
Allen Pinson
Gordon Richards
as Guest
Frank S. Hagney
as Cornishman
Leyland Hodgson
Art Foster
Kenneth Hunter
Keith Hitchcock
as Watchman

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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