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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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Rudy Boray
Joan Chandler ...
Tom D'Andrea ...
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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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Humoreske  »

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$2,164,000 (estimated)
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The famous beach scene at the end of the movie was recreated by Madonna in her 1998 music video The Power of Good-Bye. See more »

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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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Helen Wright: I was married twice before - once at 16, once at 21. One was a crybaby and the other was a caveman. Between the two of them I said goodbye to girlhood.
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Prelude III
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Music by George Gershwin
Copyright 1927 New World Music Corp.
Piano solo performed by Oscar Levant
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"I didn't make the world, I barely live in it."
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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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