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Ivy is a 1947 American crime film noir directed by Sam Wood and written by Charles Bennett, based on The Story of Ivy, the novel written by Marie Adelaide Belloc Lowndes. The drama features Joan Fontaine, Patric Knowles, Herbert Marshall and Richard Ney.[1] The film was entered into the 1947 Cannes Film Festival.[2]

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Directed by Sam Wood
Produced by W. Cameron Menzies
Written by Story:
Marie Belloc Lowndes
Screenplay by Charles Bennett
Based on The Story of Ivy
by Marie Belloc Lowndes
Starring Joan Fontaine
Patric Knowles
Herbert Marshall
Richard Ney
Music by Daniele Amfitheatrof
Cinematography Russell Metty
Edited by Ralph Dawson
Sam Wood Productions
Inter-Wood Productions
Distributed by Universal Pictures
Release date
  • June 26, 1947 (1947-06-26) (New York City)
Running time
99 minutes
Country United States
Language English

The song, "Ivy", written to promote the film by Hoagy Carmichael, has become a jazz standard.



In Edwardian England, Ivy Lexton (Joan Fontaine) is a woman with a hunger to seduce men. Though she already has a husband, Jervis (Richard Ney), and is having an affair with Dr. Roger Gretorex (Patric Knowles), Ivy becomes obsessed with wealthy Miles Rushworth (Herbert Marshall), and is determined to have him.

However, Miles shows no interest because she's a married woman, which angers Lexton. Bored with her monotonous marriage, Ivy plans on poisoning her husband then pinning the blame on Roger so she may run off with Miles. Inspector Orpington (Cedric Hardwicke) is called to investigate Jervis' mysterious death.


Critical receptionEdit

The staff of Variety magazine said of the film, "William Cameron Menzies' production has an off-the-beaten path design that helps generate the melodramatic mood desired. Sets are small and players and settings are lensed from close range. Cast performances are good, but reflect directorial obviousness."[3]


  1. ^ Ivy on IMDb .
  2. ^ "Festival de Cannes: Ivy". Retrieved 2009-01-04.
  3. ^ Variety. Film review, June 26, 1947. Last accessed: December 1, 2009.

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