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Forever Amber (1947)

In seventeenth-century England, Amber St. Clair aims to raise herself from country girl to nobility, and succeeds, but loses her true love in the process.


Otto Preminger, John M. Stahl (uncredited)


Philip Dunne (screenplay), Ring Lardner Jr. (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
Nominated for 1 Oscar. See more awards »




Cast overview, first billed only:
Linda Darnell ... Amber St. Clair
Cornel Wilde ... Bruce Carlton
Richard Greene ... Lord Harry Almsbury
George Sanders ... King Charles II
Glenn Langan ... Capt. Rex Morgan
Richard Haydn ... Earl of Radcliffe
Jessica Tandy ... Nan Britton
Anne Revere ... Mother Red Cap
John Russell ... Black Jack Mallard
Jane Ball ... Corinne Carlton
Robert Coote ... Sir Thomas Dudley
Leo G. Carroll ... Matt Goodgroome
Natalie Draper ... Countess of Castlemaine
Margaret Wycherly ... Mrs. Spong
Alma Kruger ... Lady Redmond


Amber St Clair means to get on in life and despite a poor background knows she has the assets to do it. Husbands, lovers, prison and a liaison with King Charles II form a tapestry of apparently calculating ups and downs, although in fact the one love of her life, Bruce Carlton, is never far from Amber's thoughts. Written by Jeremy Perkins {J-26}

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The spectacle ... the fire ... the plague ... swords that clash ... excitement that mounts ... lips that meet ... and adventure that sweeps the screen !


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One of the most expensive movies of the '40s, costing over $5 million. See more »


Lord Harry Almsbury: Amber, you've restored my vanished faith in gambling at long odds.
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Alternate Versions

A couple of weeks after its record breaking premiere, studio heads finally caved into Catholic protests and re-cut the movie. Among the changes:
  • References to Amber's sex life and any acts of non-marital romance were cut.
  • SPOILER: A new ending in which Amber watches her son go off with Bruce.
  • Redubbed dialogue in the form of Cornell Wilde repentative of his behaviour: "In Heaven's name, Amber, haven't we caused enough unhappiness?" and "May God have mercy on us both for our sins."
  • Also a prologue was added that condemned the character's actions: "This is the tragic story of Amber St. Claire... slave to ambition.. stranger to virtue... the wages of sin is death".
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Referenced in Variety Girl (1947) See more »

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romance pulp
3 March 2019 | by SnoopyStyleSee all my reviews

It's 1644 and Civil War grips England. Baby Amber is found at the doorstep of a puritan family in the countryside. She is the product of a scandal from opposing sides of the war. It's 1660. Oliver Cromwell is dead and the monarchy is restored. Amber (Linda Darnell) refuses an arranged marriage and longs for a high class life. She uses her sex to social climb her way to the top. She follows a group of Royalist led by Lord Bruce Carlton (Cornel Wilde) and his friend Lord Almsbury to London. Her journey would take her to the court of King Charles II. Bruce gets her privateering ship. She gets pregnant and sent to debtors' prison where she joins highwayman Black Jack Mallard. They escape prison and go on their crime spree. Jack is killed and she is rescued by Captain Rex Morgan who introduced her to acting in the theater. That's where she reconnects with Lord Almsbury who is now married with a child. She continues to social climb as she pines for her true love Bruce.

This is based on a period-piece romance novel. The name that caught my eye is director Otto Preminger. It's three years after his stylistic masterpiece Laura. It's the days of the powerful studio head and Zanuck had him under contract. He is given this prestige affair with a big budget. The material is rather scandalous at the time which Zanuck used with the expected censor opposition. It's nothing nowadays and this costume affair seems rather stiff. I don't know much about Linda Darnell. She seems to have a long and varied career with this as one of her highlights. She's beautiful and she's doing some broad acting. This is reminiscent of the style of Gone with The Wind except it is far inferior. It's rather pulpy where the sexual opportunism wears out its salacious welcome. It's compelling enough to watch but I don't find the ambitious Amber to be that appealing.

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Release Date:

26 January 1948 (Sweden) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office


$6,000,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)


Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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