That Forsyte Woman (1949): Starring Greer Garson and Errol Flynn

Based loosely on The Man of Property, the first book of John Galsworthy’s Forsyte Saga, That Forsyte Woman casts Greer Garson as Irene Forsyte, the independently-minded wife of tradition-bound Victorian “man of property” Soames Forsyte, played by Errol Flynn.

Rebelling against her husband’s repressed nature and materialistic lifestyle, Irene falls in love with an original architect Philip Bossiney (Robert Young).

He proves to be too free-spirited for her, and Irene moves on to the Forsyte clan’s black sheep, Young Jolyon (Walter Pidgeon).

Soames makes an effort to win his wife back, but he proves incapable of compassion or understanding.

The casting-against-type of Garson and Flynn attracted media ttention, though upon release, the film was dismissed by critics.

Flynn was originally meant to play Bossiney or Young Jolyon, but instead took the less characteristic and flashy role of Soames.

That Forstye Woman was shot in color on MGM’s British sets.

Running time: 114 minutes

Directed by Compton Bennett

Released: November 3, 1949

DVD: March 25, 1992