The beautiful young girl, Sabrina Fairchild, is the daughter of the Larrabee family’s wealthy chauffeur, Thomas, and she has always been in love with David Larrabee. David, an idle playboy who has been married several times, has never looked at Sabrina as a woman, but as a child.
At a party at the Larabee estate just before she leaves for Le Cordon Bleu cooking school in Paris, young Sabrina watches, follows and listens to David seduce another woman. In a panic, she leaves her father a suicide note, then starts the eight cars in the closed garage to kill herself. She is in the process of passing out from the fumes when Linus, David’s older brother, opens the door, discovers her and takes her back to his quarters above the garage when she passes out.
Around the film
Originally, Cary Grant was considered for the role of Linus, but he turned it down, and the role went to Bogart. Known for his roles as detectives and adventurers, Bogart was cast as an intelligent businessman who gradually transforms into a romantic character.
During the filming of the movie, Audrey Hepburn and the seducer, William Holden, began a love affair that caused a scandal. Also before the shooting, Humphrey Bogart wanted his wife Lauren Bacall to play the role of Sabrina. He complained that Hepburn needed too many takes to get the dialogue right and pointed out her inexperience.
- Humphrey Bogart as Linus Larrabee
- Audrey Hepburn as Sabrina Fairchild
- William Holden as David Larrabee
- Walter Hampden as Oliver Larrabee, Linus and David’s father
- John Williams as Thomas Fairchild, Sabrina’s father
- Martha Hyer as Elizabeth Tyson, David’s fiancée
- Joan Vohs as Gretchen Van Horn
- Marcel Dalio as Baron St. Fontanel
- Marcel Hillaire as The Professor, Sabrina’s culinary instructor
- Nella Walker as Maude Larrabee, Linus and David’s mother
- Francis X. Bushman as Mr. Tyson, Elizabeth’s father
- Ellen Corby as Miss McCardle, Linus’s secretary
- Nancy Kulp, as Jenny, one of the Larrabees’ maids.
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