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Humoresque (1946)

Approved | | Drama, Music, Romance | 25 December 1946 (USA)
A classical musician from the slums is sidetracked by his love for a wealthy, neurotic socialite.

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Paul Boray as a Child (as Bobby Blake)
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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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"MILDRED PIERCE" DOES IT AGAIN! LAST YEAR'S ACADEMY AWARD STARS IN THIS YEAR'S ENTERTAINMENT TRIUMPH! (original poster- all caps) See more »

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Drama | Music | Romance

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25 December 1946 (USA)  »

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Humoreske  »

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$2,164,000 (estimated)
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Ruth Nelson, who plays Esther Boray, John Garfield's mother in this film, is the same age as Joan Crawford See more »

Goofs

Outside the beach house owned by Helen Wright (Joan Crawford), there is an ornate lantern on top of a post by the stairs leading from the house's terrace to the beach. In early sequences, the lantern has no glass and a bare light bulb is visible. Later sequences show the lantern with its glass installed, concealing the bulb. See more »

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Sid Jeffers: Oh, Mrs. Wright, this is my friend,Paul Boray; and any friend of mine is not welcome here, I'm sure.
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The opening credits are presented on a book as someone turns the pages. See more »

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Carmen Fantasie
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Music by Franz Waxman
Based on various themes from the opera "Carmen" by Georges Bizet
Copyright 1946 Fidelio Music Publishing
Violin solo performed by Isaac Stern
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"I didn't make the world, I barely live in it."
2 May 2003 | by See all my reviews

Jean Negulescu, a director of Rumanian origin based in Hollywood since 1930s was responsible for several good films and "Humoresque" is one of them.

It's a good drama starring Joan Crawford who gives here one of her finest performances as Helen Wright, a cynical and selfish society woman who set her sight at a young talented violinist Paul Boray (John Garfield), offers help in making his carrier and later becomes concerned with his love, almost an obsession with his work - music, that comes to the point of neglecting (as she thinks) their relationship and herself personally - "I'm tired of playing the second fiddle!"

Significant part of the film has to do with New York, that is "all full with all kinds of animals, and not all of them are born here" as says the most cynical character in the film Sid Jeffers played by Oscar Levant. It's there that we witness several tribulations in Helen - Paul's relationship resulting in a tragic ending.

Wittiness of the script is probably the most important ingredient of "Humoresque" (besides Joan Crawford's performance) which turns it into a good classic film that stands repeated viewing. 8/10


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