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Humoresque (1946)

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A classical musician from the slums is sidetracked by his love for a wealthy, neurotic socialite.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Joan Chandler ...
Tom D'Andrea ...
Peggy Knudsen ...
Ruth Nelson ...
Esther Boray
Monte Loeffler
Victor Wright
Richard Gaines ...
Paul Boray as a Child (as Bobby Blake)
Tommy Cook ...
Don McGuire ...


Paul Boray comes from a working class background. He has been interested in the violin since he was a child, which his father disliked since he felt it a waste of money, but which his mother supported. Into his adult life, Paul wants to become a concert violinist, and although he shows talent, he does not have the right connections to make it into the concert performance world, much like his longtime friend, virtuoso pianist Sid Jeffers, and cellist Gina Romney, both who, like Paul, train with the National Institute Orchestra. Gina and Paul have a connection with each other, Gina who confesses her love for him. While performing at a party with Sid, Paul meets Helen and Victor Wright, their hosts. Victor is a perceptive but self-admittedly weak man, while his wife Helen is strong minded but insecure which manifests itself as neurosis. She constantly tries to forget about her unhappy life by excessive alcohol consumption. Helen becomes Paul's benefactress, which ultimately results in a ... Written by Huggo

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Release Date:

25 December 1946 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

De amor también se muere  »

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$2,164,000 (estimated)

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(RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


John Garfield's violin "performances" are actually played by two professional violinists standing on either side of him, one to bow and one to finger. The actual music was performed by Isaac Stern. In Stern's autobiography, "My First 79 Years" (New York: Knopf, 1999; page 51), when the movie shows closeups of the hands alone playing the violin (without Garfield in the frame), those are Stern's hands. See more »


In the scene where Paul Boray is practicing on stage in his shirt sleeves, you can see the top of the head of a man crouched down behind him. This has to be one of the violinists who did the playing for John Garfield by reaching around him. See more »


Helen Wright: Don't you like martinis? They're an acquired taste, like Ravel.
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I Guess I'll Have To Change My Plan (The Blue Pajama Song)
Lyrics by Howard Dietz
Music by Arthur Schwartz
Copyright 1931 Harms Inc.
Performed by Peg La Centra
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4 August 2003 | by (Fords,NJ) – See all my reviews

Crawford was great but not my favorite actress..Bette Davis was.. but this performance in Humoresque can only be portrayed by Crawford! She was absloutely perfect for the role of Helen Wright.. and yes was brilliant..To me this is her best role: not sudsy or sappy... beautiful,sophisticated, society bitch who sexually longed for a man & did everything in her power to control & possess him..I feel the chemistry between she & co star John Garfield was ELECTRIC!! He portrayed the violinist,Paul Boyar so well.. the man she lusted for and wanted to possess for herself... The score, the photography the direction Brilliant..Ive seeen this film many times & each time it gets better... Im very critical of Miss Crawfords work but 5 or 6 of her films are outstanding.. This is a notch above Mildred Pierce for me because the character she is portraying is so similar to herself (according to bios etc)..& her beauty & class are unquestioned..the closeup of her ,as she observes Garfield in the rehearsal comparable to Garbo's closeup ,final scene , of Queen Christina!!! This is a film that never ever bores me..I rate it a 10 !!! Watch It....

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