Saratoga Trunk: Gary Cooper and Ingrid Bergman reunite after their success in “For Whom the Bell Tolls” (1943). This costume drama based on an Edna Ferber novel finds Bergman a Creole belle returning to New Orleans from Paris in 1875. She’s determined to find a rich husband and wreak havoc on her father’s despised family, though the first man she lays eyes on is Texas gambler Cooper.
She follows him to the ritzy watering hole of Saratoga Springs where she pretends to be a wealthy French mademoiselle. Bergman snares financier Warburton, but the arrangements fall apart when she sees Cooper, the man she truly loves, in danger. Elegantly produced if something of a yawner.
Sam Wood, who directed Saratoga Trunk, completed the closing scenes of Gone With the Wind (1939) during director Victor Fleming’s illness.
Academy Award Nomination for Best Supporting Actress: Flora Robson.
Gary Cooper as Colonel Clint Maroon
Ingrid Bergman as Clio Dulaine
Flora Robson as Angelique Buiton
Jerry Austin as Cupidon
John Warburton as Bartholomew Van Steed
Florence Bates as Sophie Bellop
Curt Bois as Augustin Haussy
John Abbott as Roscoe Bean
Ethel Griffies as Clarissa Van Steed
Sound Max Steiner
Writing Casey Robinson
Writing Edna Ferber
Directing Sam Wood
United States of America / Warner / 135 minutes / Released 1945-11-21