|Tender Is the Night|
|Directed by||Henry King|
|Screenplay by||Ivan Moffat|
|Based on||The 1934 novel by F. Scott Fitzgerald|
|Produced by||Henry T. Weinstein|
Jason Robards, Jr.
Jill St. John
|Cinematography||Leon Shamroy, A.S.C.|
|Edited by||William Reynolds, A.C.E.|
|Music by||Bernard Herrmann|
|Distributed by||20th Century Fox|
|142 minutes (132 minutes - FMC Library Print)|
|Box office||$1.25 million (US/ Canada)|
Tender Is the Night is a 1962 American film directed by Henry King and starring Jennifer Jones and Jason Robards, Jr.. King's last film, it is based on the 1934 novel of the same name by F. Scott Fitzgerald.
The soundtrack featured a song, also called "Tender Is the Night", by Sammy Fain (music) and Paul Francis Webster (lyrics), which was nominated for the 1962 Academy Award for Best Song. Robards won the 1962 NBR Award for his performances in Tender Is the Night and Long Day's Journey Into Night.
King's previous film had been Beloved Infidel, a biographical drama about Fitzgerald, author of Tender Is the Night.
There are interesting backstage anecdotes about pre-production in Memo from David O. Selznick, an edited collection of the iconic producer's letters and notes. Selznick's then-wife was sought and cast as the film's lead, and his letters reflect insight into the casting process (Jane Fonda had wanted to play Rosemary; William Holden, Henry Fonda and Christopher Plummer were considered for Dick), the creative angst around the project, and Selznick's own clever insights into the source novel and its requirements to become a successful film property.
"The French Riviera _ _ in the Twenties": while at a party in the south of France, Nicole Diver, a woman with many emotional issues, sees her husband, Dr. Dick Diver, take an interest in an American movie starlet, Rosemary Hoyt. Jealousy gets the better of Nicole.
The story flashes back to how Dick and Nicole met. He was a distinguished psychiatrist who made the classic mistake of falling in love with a patient, Nicole Warren. He marries her despite warnings from his mentor, Dr. Dohmler, that it will ruin Dick's career.
Dick spends the next years of his life abandoning his work to indulge wife Nicole's many whims, leading a hedonistic life, paid for by Nicole's sophisticated sister, Baby. By the time he realizes the error of his ways and attempts to resume his career, it is Nicole who has found a new lover, and she wants a divorce.
- 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 Doctor Dohmler
- Bea Benaderet as Mrs. McKisco
- Charles Fredericks as Mr. McKisco
- Sanford Meisner as Doctor Gregorovious
- Mac McWhorter as Colis Clay
- Albert Carrier as Louis
- Richard de Combray as Francisco
- Carole Mathews as Mrs. Hoyt
- Alan Napier as Pardo
- Leslie Farrell as Topsy Diver
- Michael Crisalli as Lanier Diver
- Earl Grant as Piano Player
|Maurice Dallimore||Sir Charles Golding|
|Jean De Briac||Dr. Faurore|
|Orrin Tucker||Orchestra leader|
|John Richardson||Young man being photographed|
|Carl Princi||Assistant manager|
The film score was composed by Bernard Herrmann. Soundtracks included the main theme "Tender Is the Night" composed by Sammy Fain with lyrics by Paul Francis Webster (above). This song was played in the film by pianist George Greeley (uncredited). Other songs were:
- "Has Anybody Seen My Gal?", composed by Ray Henderson
- "Charleston", composed by James P. Johnson
- "Auld Lang Syne", traditional music: lyrics by Robert Burns, lyrics by Andreas Frege
- "Honey", music by Richard A. Whiting, lyrics by Seymour Simons & Haven Gillespie
- "Jeannine, I Dream of Lilac Time", composed by Nathaniel Shilkret, lyrics by L. Wolfe Gilbert