Beloved Infidel

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Beloved Infidel
Original film poster
Directed by Henry King
Produced by Jerry Wald
Screenplay by Sy Bartlett
Based on Beloved Infidel (1957 novel) 
by Sheilah Graham
Gerold Frank
Starring Gregory Peck
Deborah Kerr
Eddie Albert
Music by Franz Waxman
Cinematography Leon Shamroy
Edited by William H. Reynolds
Distributed by 20th Century Fox
Release dates
  • November 17, 1959 (1959-11-17) (USA)
Running time
123 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $2,340,000[1]

Beloved Infidel is a 1959 DeLuxe Color biographical drama film made by 20th Century Fox CinemaScope and based on the life of F. Scott Fitzgerald. The film was directed by Henry King and produced by Jerry Wald from a screenplay by Sy Bartlett, based on the memoir by Sheilah Graham and Gerold Frank. The music score was by Franz Waxman, the cinematography by Leon Shamroy and the art direction by Lyle R. Wheeler and Maurice Ransford.

The film stars Gregory Peck and Deborah Kerr with Eddie Albert and Philip Ober.


Sheilah Graham sails from England to America and meets with a newspaper syndicate's editor, John Wheeler, telling him of her royal lineage and many connections. He hires her to write a column, and when its blunt and gossipy nature increases its popularity, Sheilah also is offered her own radio program.

She meets the acclaimed author F. Scott Fitzgerald at a party at the home of humorist Bob Carter, her friend. An immediate attraction is formed, although Scott is technically still married to wife Zelda, who has been institutionalized. To meet financial obligations, Scott has accepted a position in Hollywood writing film scripts, expressing the belief that his novels are no longer of interest.

His excessive drinking affects his mood and his work. A tortured soul, Scott is haunted by the memories of Zelda and the success and fun they had together. He learns that a play is being produced in Pasadena based on one of his stories and takes Sheilah to see it, only to discover that it is a production of high school students, some of whom are unaware that the writer is even still alive.

Sheilah copes with his growing alcoholism and tries to leave him until Scott sends a goodbye note, sounding suicidal. She confesses to him that her own past haunts her, everything she claimed to be being a lie, Sheilah actually being a girl from the London slums. She appeals to Scott to write another book, but after he sends in the first four chapters, Scott receives a publisher's letter of rejection.

Sheilah's radio show is based in Chicago, but as she travels there, Scott becomes abusive, first aboard an airplane and then to one of her colleagues. What she doesn't know is that Scott has been fired by the studio, which finds his script work unacceptable. Sheilah continues to stand by him, but eventually Scott's health gives out. He collapses and dies, a forlorn figure of the past.


See also


  1. Solomon, Aubrey. Twentieth Century Fox: A Corporate and Financial History (The Scarecrow Filmmakers Series). Lanham, Maryland: Scarecrow Press, 1989. ISBN 978-0-8108-4244-1. p252

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