The Saxon Charm

Synopsis: Eric Busch, a novelist/playwright, and his wife, Janet, go to New York where he arranges to have Matt Saxon, who has a reputation for ruthlessness, produce his play. Saxon insists on so many meetings, changes and revisions that it cause a rift between Eric and Janet. Saxon goes to Hollywood to get a prominent actor to play the lead but the actor, no fan of Saxon, declines. Saxon then deliberately robs his own girlfriend of her chance in Hollywood. The actor then comes to New York and offers to do the play, if someone other than Saxon is the producer.
Genre: Drama
88 min

you latch on to right away.

Did you like him?

I'd say I liked him.

Look, it's one of the cultural gadgets

for learning foreign languages.

A recording machine with a

complete set of French records.

Are we planning to study French?

There's no note. Not even a card.

Matt Saxon.

He must have put in a rush order for

this the moment I left the hospital.

But why?

I just happened to mention

that I couldn't speak French.

What a man.

You two kids must have hit it off

more beautifully than you thought.

And after only one date. Hmm.

Next time you see him, don't say a thing

about not knowing how to charm snakes.

Would you like to enrol in

Professor Saxon's French class?

I'd love to. But I have a stove full of

dinner. I'll listen from the kitchen.

Why don't you hire a cook?

Because I'm not smart enough to have

a career and I hate women's clubs ..

I kind-of like myself in an apron.

[ Gramophone ]

"Useful words and phrases."

"The day:
Le jour."

Le jour.

"Le jour."

Le jour.

"Good evening:



Is that you, honey?

Yes, dear.

I've been waiting for you. I have to

my lawyer about publishing contracts.

Well, why didn't you go ahead?

They'd be no-one to answer the phone.

Still no call from Saxon?

No call.

Do you know what I'd do if a man

didn't call me for three days?

I'd call him.

Well, I can't.

You know it is psychologically wrong

for me to be anxious about the play.

Well then, it's psychologically right

for you to seem you don't give a darn.

Do you realize that you haven't

budged from this apartment?

It couldn't have taken him

three days to read the play.

But then of course, he is busy on

the one he's doing before mine.


We're paying good rent for

our little shack on the island.

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Claude Binyon

Claude Binyon (October 17, 1905 Chicago, Illinois – February 14, 1978 Glendale, California) was a screenwriter and director. His genres were comedy, musicals, and romances. As a Chicago-based journalist for the Examiner newspaper, he became city editor of the show business trade magazine Variety in the late 1920s. According to Robert Landry, who worked at Variety for 50 years including as managing editor, Binyon came up with the famous 1929 stock market crash headline, "Wall Street Lays An Egg." (However, writer Ken Bloom ascribes the headline to Variety publisher Sime Silverman.)He switched from writing about movies for Variety to screenwriting for the Paramount Studio with 1932's If I Had A Million; his later screenwriting credits included The Gilded Lily (1935), Sing You Sinners (1938), and Arizona (1940). Throughout the 1930s, Binyon's screenplays were often directed by Wesley Ruggles, including the "classic" True Confession (1938). Fourteen feature films by Ruggles had screenplays by Binyon. Claude Binyon was also the scriptwriter for the second series of the Bing Crosby Entertains radio show (1934-1935). In 1948, Binyon made his directorial bow with The Saxon Charm (1948), for which he also wrote the screenplay. He went on to write and direct the low-key comedy noir Stella (1950), Mother Didn't Tell Me (1950), Aaron Slick of Pun'kin Crick (1952), and the Clifton Webb farce Dreamboat (1952). He directed, but didn't write, Family Honeymoon (1949) as well as Bob Hope's sole venture into 3-D, Here Come the Girls (1953). After his death on February 14, 1978, he was buried at the Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Glendale, California. more…

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