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Humoresque -- Joan Crawford and John Garfield star in this Oscar-nominated romantic drama about a classical musician from the slums who is sidetracked by his love for a wealthy neurotic.
Humoresque -- Trailer for this classic based on the novel


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Release Date:
25 December 1946 (USA) See more »
A classical musician from the slums is sidetracked by his love for a wealthy, neurotic socialite. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Nominated for Oscar. See more »
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"I didn't make the world, I barely live in it." See more (61 total) »


  (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)
Crew verified as complete

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Additional Details

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125 min | West Germany:115 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound System)
Argentina:Atp | Australia:PG | Australia:G (TV rating) | Finland:S | Germany:12 (DVD rating) | Sweden:Btl | USA:Approved (certificate #11490) | West Germany:16 (nf)

Did You Know?

For the scene where Helen falls off the horse, Joan Crawford performed the stunt herself. Relieved that it had gone well, she nevertheless was forced to the stunt again when it was decided that Paul (John Garfield)'s rushing over and laying on top of her was too racy. It was reshot, and instead, Helen lies on top of Paul. Crawford later remarked: "I couldn't really understand what was the difference, him on top of me or me on top of him. Well, the difference was I had to fall off the horse again. I did, and I lived to tell the tale."See more »
Miscellaneous: Don McGuire plays Teddy, the proprietor of Teddy's Bar, although his character is listed in the closing credits as Eddie.See more »
Sid Jeffers:It isn't what you are, it's what you don't become that hurts.See more »
Movie Connections:
Violin Concerto in E minor op 54See more »


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20 out of 25 people found the following review useful.
"I didn't make the world, I barely live in it.", 2 May 2003
Author: Ilya Mauter

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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