Approved | | Drama, Romance
An adventuresome young man goes off to find himself and loses his socialite fiancée in the process. But when he returns 10 years later, she will stop at nothing to get him back, even though she is already married.
Gene Tierney was W. Somerset Maugham's original choice for Isabel, but Zanuck cast Maureen O'Hara instead. According to O'Hara, Darryl F. Zanuck told her to keep it a secret but she told Linda Darnell. Zanuck found out, fired O'Hara and hired Tierney.
Enlightenment is the curse of civilization. A man who wastes his energy on knowledge is a fool. The more he learns, the more he wants and the more unhappy he becomes. Tear down the schoolhouses! Burn the books! Strangle the teachers! Then the world ...
The film begins in 1919, at a dance. The band is playing "April Showers," but that song was not published until two years later.
When the screenplay credits are shown, a curious symbol appears near W. Somerset Maugham's name. It's a symbol meant to ward off the evil eye, and it more often than not appeared on the covers of many of Maugham's novels.
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