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Sylvia (10-Feb-1965)

Director: Gordon Douglas

Writer: Sydney Boehm

From novel by: Howard Fast (as "E. V. Cunningham")

Music: David Raksin

Producer: Martin H. Poll

Keywords: Drama

NameOccupationBirthDeathKnown for
Carroll Baker
28-May-1931   Baby Doll
Lloyd Bochner
29-Jul-1924 29-Oct-2005 It's a cookbook
Alan Carney
22-Dec-1909 2-May-1973 Comedy duo, Brown & Carney
Anthony Caruso
7-Apr-1916 4-Apr-2003 American character actor
Joanne Dru
31-Jan-1922 10-Sep-1996 She Wore a Yellow Ribbon
Connie Gilchrist
17-Jul-1895 3-Mar-1985 Character actress
Nancy Kovack
11-Mar-1935   Jason and the Argonauts
Peter Lawford
7-Sep-1923 24-Dec-1984 Rat Pack member
Viveca Lindfors
29-Dec-1920 25-Oct-1995 Night Unto Night
George Maharis
1-Sep-1928   Buzz Murdock on Route 66
Jay Novello
22-Aug-1904 2-Sep-1982 The Lost World
Edmond O'Brien
10-Sep-1915 9-May-1985 The Great Imposter
Aldo Ray
25-Sep-1926 27-Mar-1991 The Green Berets
Ann Sothern
22-Jan-1909 15-Mar-2001 Private Secretary


Carroll Baker   ...   Sylvia
George Maharis   ...   Alan Macklin
Joanne Dru   ...   Jane Phillips
Peter Lawford   ...   Frederick Summers
Viveca Lindfors   ...   Irma Olanski
Edmond O'Brien   ...   Oscar Stewart
Aldo Ray   ...   Mr. Karoki
Ann Sothern   ...   Grace Argona
Lloyd Bochner   ...   Bruce Stamford III
Paul Gilbert   ...   Lola Diamond
Jay Novello   ...   Fr. Gonzales
Nancy Kovack   ...   Big Shirley
Gene Lyons   ...   Gavin Cullen
Anthony Caruso   ...   Muscles
Val Avery   ...   Pudgey
Alan Carney   ...   Gus
Manuel Padilla   ...   Pancho
Majel Barrett   ...   Anne
Shirley O'Hara   ...   Mrs. Karoki


Review by anonymous (posted on 25-Jun-2006)

The filmic trope of presenting a mystery woman to the viewer through the recollections of her friends and lovers has a long history. Perhaps "Laura" is the most famous. A much lesser-known one is the British "Woman in Question." "Sylvia" is in that tradition: a wealthy man wants to find out about the background of his fiancée, Sylvia, so hires a private detective to investigate. As the P.I. encounters people from Sylvia's past, the stories that they tell him are the flashback elements of the film. There's a very touching episode with Viveca Lindfors, as well as one with Ann Sothern. While the film is somewhat desultory in its pacing, it's got some great folks-Edmund O'Brien, Joanne Dru, etc.--and a suitably disengaged performance from Carroll Baker in the title role. It actually works well for the character, who throughout a series of tawdry experiences has kept a part of herself removed and untouched. We also get to see a well-toned George Maharis with his pajama top off--another reason to catch the film if it ever shows up. David Raksin, who composed the score for "Laura," some twenty years earlier, provides a nice score for "Sylvia" (note the use of the waltz from William Wyler's "Carrie"--also a Paramount film-- in the scene at the restaurant with Sothern and Maharis).

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