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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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Helen Wright
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J. Carrol Naish ...
Rudy Boray
Joan Chandler ...
Tom D'Andrea ...
Peggy Knudsen ...
Ruth Nelson ...
Esther Boray
Craig Stevens ...
Monte Loeffler
Paul Cavanagh ...
Victor Wright
Richard Gaines ...
Bauer
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Rozner
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Paul Boray as a Child (as Bobby Blake)
Tommy Cook ...
Don McGuire ...
Eddie
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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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25 December 1946 (USA)  »

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$2,164,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

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. According to Isaac 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 you see. See more »

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Don McGuire plays Teddy, the proprietor of Teddy's Bar, although his character is listed in the closing credits as Eddie. See more »

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Sid Jeffers: It isn't what you are, it's what you don't become that hurts.
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Don't Say Good-Night
(uncredited)
From the Warner Bros. picture Wonder Bar (1934)
Words by Al Dubin
Music by Harry Warren
Copyright 1934 M. Witmark & Sons
Performed by Orchestra in background during scene at the restaurant at Radio City Music Hall
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The best Joan Crawford performance ever.
28 March 2002 | by (Covington, Georgia) – See all my reviews

As Helen Joan Crawford gives her greatest performance and she should have been nominated for Best Actress that year. She certainly gave a better performance than Olivia De havilland gave in "To each His Own". John Garfield is also at top of his form and he certainly is a good match for Miss Crawford. What a shame that in a few short years he would be backlisted. Oscar Levant gives a typical Oscar Levant snide performance but he is a bit more serious in this role as the best friend of Mr. Garfield. the use of the "Liebestod" from "Tritan und Isolde" coupled with the waves rushing in might appear to some as camp but Miss crawford's handling of the scene is nothing short of magnificent. One usually overlooked performance is that of then billed Bobby Blake who has been much in the news lately. He portrayed Mr. Garfield's as a boy and did a good job of it without the ususal winey voice and mannerisms that made him so easy to hate in the "Our Gang" comedies. I have always thought that the adult robert Blake would have been an excellent choice to portray John Garfield in a biopic of his life. By all means see "Mildred Pearce" which won Miss Crawford the Oscar but don't miss "Humoresque".


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