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Tender Is the Night Details

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David O. Selznick had intended to film an adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald's Tender is the Night as a vehicle for his wife Jennifer Jones. But financial difficulties compelled Selznick to sell the property (including Ms. Jones' services) to 20th Century-Fox. Jones stars as a wealthy but disturbed woman of the 1920s who marries her psychiatrist (Jason Robards Jr.). They live together at her Riviera estate, where the doctor's analytical skills atrophy. As Jones grows stronger, the doctor becomes totally dependent upon her emotionally and financially. The film's supporting characters are equally self-destructive, notably an alcoholic composer (Tom Ewell) and Jones' avaricious sister (Joan Fontaine). Perhaps if Selznick had produced Joan Fontaine, the film wouldn't have wallowed in misery for its own sake; on the other hand, we still would have been stuck with Jennifer Jones, who is woefully miscast. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

  • Release date:January 19, 1962

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Sammy Fain Best Song 1962 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Paul Francis Webster Best Song 1962 Nominee
National Board of Review Jason Robards, Jr. Best Actor 1962 Winner

Cast

Jennifer Jones
as Nicole Diver
Jason Robards, Jr.
as Dick Diver
Joan Fontaine
as Baby Warren
Tom Ewell
as Abe North
Cesare Danova
as Tommy Barban
Jill St. John
as Rosemary Hoyt
Paul Lukas
as Dr. Dohmler
Bea Benaderet
as Mrs. McKisko
Sanford Meisner
as Dr. Gregorovious
Mac McWhorter
as Colis Clay
Albert Carrier
as Louis
Carole Mathews
as Mrs. Hoyt
Alan Napier
as Pardo
Maurice Dallimore
as Sir Charles Golding
Eric Feldary
as Headwaiter
Jacques Gallo
as Gendarme
Renee Godfrey
as Nurse
Tom Hernandez
as Nobleman
Louis Mercier
as Concierge
Carl Princi
as Assistant Manager
John Richardson
as Bits
Linda Hutchins
John Richardson
as Bits
Carl Princi
as Assistant Manager
Louis Mercier
as Concierge
Tom Hernandez
as Nobleman
Jacques Gallo
as Gendarme
Renee Godfrey
as Nurse
Eric Feldary
as Headwaiter

Crew

Henry King
Director
Henry T. Weinstein
Producer
Ivan Moffat
Screenwriter
Leon Shamroy
Cinematographer
Bernard Herrmann
Composer (Music Score)
Sammy Fain
Composer (Music Score)
Sammy Fain
Songwriter
Paul Francis Webster
Songwriter
Jack Martin Smith
Art Director
Walter Scott
Set Designer
Marjorie Best
Costume Designer
Pierre Balmain
Costume Designer
Bernard Freericks
Sound/Sound Designer
Eli Dunn
First Assistant Director
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