One thing is for sure: Hollywood again failed to pick up on Eleanor Parker for either a Best Actress award nomination or a Best Supporting Actress nomination even though she totally dominated the film as the feisty, ambitious "Lenore."
For the role of the beautiful “Lenore,” an astute actress with immense skills as both a dramatist and a comedic actress was required; furthermore, this "Lenore," along with the dashing, handsome co-star, Stewart Granger, had to make a dynamic team for one of the most famous love-hate relationship ever presented on celluloid.
There was a certain quality emitted by Eleanor Parker that could make any leading man look like, well, like he was leading.
Characteristically, she held the reins in her expressively sensual hands, with patrician like beauty and high sense of professionalism. Gable, Errol Flynn, Bogart, she worked with them all during her era. Truthfully, audiences went to see how she would “do it” this time. How she would present the sensual side without pushing the code limits to the edges of the sexual.
No matter who was the leading man, in this film, it’s Eleanor Parker’s beauty and cascading red hair, or wig, that really steals the show. Her exaggerated makeup for this role, typical of the Commedia dell'Arte period, did nothing more than enhance her already considerable noble beauty to audiences all over the globe.
“Lenore,” encased audiences forever and tugged at their already touched heartstrings in a way that few other actresses have ever done since.
Eleanor and co-star Stewart Granger