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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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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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Storyline

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)  »

Also Known As:

Humoreske  »

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$2,164,000 (estimated)
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(RCA Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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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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Helen Wright: I spend my life doing penance for things I never should have done in the first place
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The opening credits are presented on a book as someone turns the pages. See more »

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Soundtracks

Carmen Fantasie
(uncredited)
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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A Startling WB Melodrama
20 January 2007 | by (Argentina) – See all my reviews

It opens with a close up of John Garfield and that, already, gets you going. The intensity and power of the man. A from rags to riches tale with an extra something. The extra something here is Clifford Odetts, the language is as pungent as its pace. The truth in John Garfield's face rises everything several notches but, perhaps, the biggest surprise from a 2007's standpoint, is Joan Crawford's performance. She's never been one of my favorites, I always thought impossible to warm up to her and her tough lady from the wrong side of the tracks left me cold but here, she's rounded and brilliant, torn between who she is and who she would like to be. Great lines, fantastic close ups - wearing eye glasses, removing the glasses and squinting - At moments you feel the camera devours her. The director, Jean Negulesco - Three Coins In The Fountain, How To Marry a Millionaire - never flown this high. This 1946 Warners melodrama has the stuff that great works of art are made of. Thrilling


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