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Tuesday
Jan172012

Saratoga Trunk (1945)

I can't imagine paying money to go to the theater and plunk down my weekend spending money to see a movie called Saratoga Trunk. An adventure surrounding a suitcase? Sounds sexy, eh? I picture a piece of furniture stuffed with baby books, newspaper clippings and weird crocheted odds and ends from my grandmother's house, hardly the makings of a smash hit. However, 1945's Saratoga Trunk certainly sounds like quite the adventure according to TCM....

Beautiful Clio Dulaine arrives in her New Orleans birthplace with one goal: to exact revenge on her father's family, who exiled Clio and her mother to Paris years earlier. There she meets Texas gambler Clint Maroon, who is also looking for revenge. He aims to bring down the railroad baron who ruined his father. These two schemers are made for each other - but it takes them scrapping and sparring through an epic story of blackmail, lies, scandal, high finance and sudden disaster before they finally come together. Gary Cooper and Ingrid Bergman, the stars of For Whom the Bell Tolls, reteam for a lush, lavish romance based on the bestseller by Edna Ferber (Cimarron, Giant). Big stars, big story - that's Saratoga Trunk.

Well, it's got all the ingredients needed to take you on a ride - blackmail, scandal, travel... complete with luggage! Gary Cooper and Ingrid Bergman are hardly hacks - and this is them in their heyday. If the posters tell the story, then they're definitely joined by a cast of interesting characters. 

Learn more about the movie at IMDB  •  Buy the movie on Amazon


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