Saratoga Trunk (1945)


“I’ve seen lots of women, but I’ve never seen a woman like you.” – Colonel Clint Maroon

Number of Times Seen – 1 (10 Jun 2019)

Brief Synopsis – A gambler and an young outcast Creole woman join forces in order to enact revenge on those who have wronged them.

My Take on it – This is a film that I had never heard of beforehand and only came across it when compiling a list of films that have had Oscar nominated performances.

This is a horrendous film that makes so little sense that it’s beyond laughable since it’s so bad.

It doesn’t work on any level because there is very little if no cohesion between any of the characters.

The characters seem like a farce throughout and anything they attempt to accomplish feels quite silly.

This film stars Gary Cooper and Ingrid Bergman who are both great actors yet neither is able to help pull this one up because it’s impossible especially since the chemistry between the two actors is terrible form start to finish.

The story comes across as being quite disjointed and extremely uneven and there are far too many scenes that feel as if they don’t belong since they make little sense with it.

The film seems to have been shot in a way that tries to glorify things in a way that borders on racism.

Other parts make the viewer feel as if they are part of a circus.

Unfortunately, neither of these aspects works very well and hurts things so much.

Flora Robson stands out among the cast, but not in a good way because her character makes things feel even more racist.

I’m quite shocked that she somehow got an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actress for her performance here and I can’t say that I agree that she did a great job with her character.

Bottom Line – Terrible film that doesn’t manage to work on any level. The characters all come across as feeling silly in all that they try to accomplish.  Even the likes of Bergman and Cooper can’t help make this better especially given the fact that these two actors have horrendous chemistry together. The story is disjointed and very uneven and in some places makes no sense what so ever. Parts of this film seem as if it was shot to be racist and parts seem as if they want it to feel as if they are running a circus and neither of those aspects work very well at all. Robeson stands out among the cast, but not for good reasons and I’m quite shocked that she was able to get an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actress for this role.

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Due to wartime rationing shortages, most of the vegetables in the New Orleans market scene were fake. (From IMDB)

Rating – Razzie Worthy (3/10)

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3 thoughts on “Saratoga Trunk (1945)

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