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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1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


In 2013 on Piers Morgan Tonight (2011), to promote his autobiography, Robert Blake related that when he was playing John Garfield as a boy in this film, there was a scene he could not get right. Garfield cleared the set and directed Blake himself. After the scene was finished, Garfield told the nine-year-old. "Robert, remember this for the rest of your life. Your life is a rehearsal. Your performance is real." See more »


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 »


Helen Wright: Only a man who doesn't drink thinks coffee sobers you up.
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The opening credits are presented on a book as someone turns the pages. See more »


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Music by Richard Wagner
Violin solo performed by Isaac Stern
Piano solo performed by Oscar Levant
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Hollywood Actress Meets Method Actor and Makes Magic
30 April 2004 | by (New Jersey) – See all my reviews

"Humoresque" is Joan Crawford's and John Garfield's best movie. It is one of the best tortured love stories ever made. It is about two misfits - one rich idle lady and one poor talented male violinist, who fall in love and make everybody including themselves miserable. Even though the movie is in black and white, it is very glamorous looking. Joan Crawford and John Garfield never looked better. Too bad they never worked again. As a favor, Mr. Garfield appeared briefly as an extra in Ms. Crawford's next movie with Henry Fonda.

The supporting cast was superb. As the parents, J. Carrol Naish and Ruth Nelson were never better. Unfortunately, Ms. Nelson was blacklisted for thirty years so she did not have the career she should have had in the movies. The other supporting actress was Joan Chandler, who played Mr. Garfield's childhood sweetheart. This is the only performance I can remember her in. She was terrific. It seems Ms. Crawford did not mind other actresses getting good parts in her movies. Hurrah for Joan!

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