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Director:
Writers:
Clifford Odets (screenplay) and
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Release Date:
25 December 1946 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
"MILDRED PIERCE" DOES IT AGAIN! LAST YEAR'S ACADEMY AWARD STARS IN THIS YEAR'S ENTERTAINMENT TRIUMPH! (original poster- all caps) See more »
Plot:
A classical musician from the slums is sidetracked by his love for a wealthy, neurotic socialite. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Awards:
Nominated for Oscar. See more »
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Crawford takes Garfield under her wing See more (60 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Joan Crawford ... Helen Wright

John Garfield ... Paul Boray

Oscar Levant ... Sid Jeffers
J. Carrol Naish ... Rudy Boray
Joan Chandler ... Gina Romney
Tom D'Andrea ... Phil Boray
Peggy Knudsen ... Florence Boray
Ruth Nelson ... Esther Boray
Craig Stevens ... Monte Loeffler
Paul Cavanagh ... Victor Wright
Richard Gaines ... Bauer

John Abbott ... Rozner

Robert Blake ... Paul Boray as a Child (as Bobby Blake)
Tommy Cook ... Phil Boray as a Child
Don McGuire ... Eddie
Fritz Leiber ... Hagerstrom
Peg La Centra ... Night Club Singer (as Peg LaCentra)
Nestor Paiva ... Orchestra Leader
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Gary Armstrong ... Boy on street (uncredited)
Sylvia Arslan ... Gina as a Girl (uncredited)

Patricia Barry ... Fritzie - Bauer's Secretary (uncredited)
Monte Blue ... Moving Man (uncredited)
Harlan Briggs ... Jeffers - Toy Shop Proprietor (uncredited)
Eric DeLamarter ... Orchestra Conductor (uncredited)
Bess Flowers ... Boray Fan (uncredited)
Angela Greene ... Tipsy Blonde at Party (uncredited)
Creighton Hale ... Professor (uncredited)
Jane Harker ... Redhead Snob with Sid at Party (uncredited)
Ann Lawrence ... Florence as a Girl (uncredited)
Esther Michelson ... Mrs. Klein (uncredited)
Paul Panzer ... Theater Worker (uncredited)
Don Turner ... Man with Dog (uncredited)
Richard Walsh ... Teddy (uncredited)

Directed by
Jean Negulesco 
 
Writing credits
Clifford Odets (screenplay) and
Zachary Gold (screenplay)

Fannie Hurst (short story "Humoresque")

Produced by
Jerry Wald .... producer
Jack L. Warner .... executive producer
 
Cinematography by
Ernest Haller (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Rudi Fehr 
 
Art Direction by
Hugh Reticker 
 
Set Decoration by
Clarence Steensen 
 
Makeup Department
Perc Westmore .... makeup artist
Edwin Allen .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Della Barnes .... hair stylist (uncredited)
Gertrude Wheeler .... hair stylist (uncredited)
 
Production Management
Louis Baum .... unit manager (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Herbert S. Greene .... second assistant director (uncredited)
Philip Quinn .... assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Donald P. Desmond .... set construction (uncredited)
William Wallace .... props (uncredited)
Levi C. Williams .... props (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Charles David Forrest .... sound (as David Forrest)
Robert B. Lee .... sound
 
Special Effects by
Roy Davidson .... special effects director
Willard Van Enger .... special effects
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Ralph Burbank .... gaffer: stills (uncredited)
Paul Butler .... best boy (uncredited)
James Geldenhar .... gaffer (uncredited)
William Schurr .... second camera (uncredited)
Jack Woods .... still photographer (uncredited)
Stanley Young .... grip (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Adrian .... wardrobe: Miss Crawford
Bernard Newman .... wardrobe
Mary Dery .... wardrobe (uncredited)
Ralph Hibbs .... wardrobe (uncredited)
Eugene Joseff .... costume jeweller (uncredited)
Jeanette Storck .... wardrobe (uncredited)
Vic Vallejo .... wardrobe (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Leo F. Forbstein .... musical director
Isaac Stern .... music advisor
Franz Waxman .... conductor
Leonid Raab .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Isaac Stern .... musician (solo violin: John Garfield ) (uncredited)
Franz Waxman .... composer: additional music (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Herschel Daugherty .... dialogue director
James Leicester .... montages
Alma Dwight .... script clerk (uncredited)
Oscar Levant .... technical adviser (uncredited)
John Mitchell .... unit publicist (uncredited)
John Strauss .... publicist (uncredited)
 
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Runtime:
125 min | West Germany:115 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound System)
Certification:
Australia:PG | Australia:G (TV rating) | Finland:S | Germany:12 (DVD rating) | Sweden:Btl | USA:Approved (certificate #11490) | West Germany:16 (nf)

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Trivia:
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 »
Goofs:
Miscellaneous: Don McGuire plays Teddy, the proprietor of Teddy's Bar, although his character is listed in the closing credits as Eddie.See more »
Quotes:
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.See more »
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14 out of 18 people found the following review useful.
Crawford takes Garfield under her wing, 23 January 2007
Author: blanche-2 from United States

"Humoresque" is a 1946 film based on a novel by Fanny Hurst, and is actually a remake of a film made in 1920. This "Humoresque" boasts a great cast, beautiful music, melodrama, and gorgeous violin playing by Isaac Stern.

John Garfield stars as struggling violinist Paul Boray who finally gets his big break with the help of a socialite, Helen Wright (Crawford), when his pianist friend (Oscar Levant) brings him to a party at her home. Helen is a beautiful married lush who is nearsighted, so when Paul starts to play the violin, she asks for her glasses. She has a lot of attractive male hangers-on, one of which is Monte Loeffler (a mustached Craig Stevens). It takes a while, but Helen and Paul at last declare their love and give into their lust. Paul's mother (Ruth Nelson) takes a dim view of the situation, fearing it will hurt her son's career as Helen is a demanding woman and won't take a back seat to his music. In one scene, which to anyone in theater or music is hilarious, after she practically has an orgasm as she watches him play during a rehearsal, Helen sends Paul a note saying that she must see him immediately. Since he's going over music with the conductor and rehearsing with a full orchestra, he doesn't leap off the stage and into the audience in order to rush to Helen's side. She's devastated and gets drunk. I ask you, if she doesn't understand why he didn't stop rehearsal, what chance have they got? This is a wonderful film, reminiscent of the family all living together in "Golden Boy" (not to mention the violin aspect) and the wealthy patron angle in "Serenade," the Mario Lanza film that was based on a novel by James Cain. Helen Wright is one of Joan Crawford's best performances, too.

The film is not without some problems, but you can't fault the incredible music played by Isaac Stern, including the title piece by Dvorak, and music of Sarasate, Lalo and Bizet's Carmen as magnificently adapted by Franz Waxman. The love theme from "Tristan und Isolde" was a post-war favorite in movies evidently, showing up in a few films - it is used here to good, if heavily melodramatic advantage.

My big problem is the end of the movie. The last two scenes between Paul and Sid (Levant) seem completely unnecessary. To have put THE END in what to me was the natural place would have been much more dramatic and compelling. It wasn't done, I think, because the story is actually told in flashback - at the beginning of the film, we see a CANCELLED sign over a poster announcing a performance of Paul's, and the story unfolds. There wasn't any reason really for it to start in flashback either.

As for Crawford's big finale, it is very well done and Crawford performs the actions beautifully, but once you've seen Catherine O'Hara do the same scene on Second City, there's just no way to watch it with a straight face, I'm afraid. Even if you haven't, it is pretty borderline over the top - what saves it is Helen's anguish.

Paul Boray is a perfect role for the talents of John Garfield, a wonderful actor, though for my money he had a limited range. The sexual tension between Garfield and Crawford is tremendous, and it's a credit to both actors how their scenes clicked. There are other wonderful performances as well, particularly from Paul's parents, played by Ruth Nelson and J. Carroll Naish. Levant is given a lot of wisecracks, as is Tom D'Andrea as Paul's brother. Joan Chandler is the long-suffering girlfriend who's been brushed aside for Helen, and she's very good.

The script is solid with some great dialogue and the direction by Jean Negulesco is very crisp. Highly recommended - just don't get a DVD of Second City where they parodied this movie before you've actually seen it.

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