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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.
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Director:
Writers:
Clifford Odets (screenplay) and
Zachary Gold (screenplay) ...
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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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Splendid performances and music See more (61 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:
Argentina:Atp | 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:
Crew or equipment visible: In the scene where Paul Boray is practicing on stage in his shirt sleeves, you can see the top of the head of a man crouched down behind him. This has to be one of the violinists who did the playing for John Garfield by reaching around him.See more »
Quotes:
Sid Jeffers:I envy people who drink. At least they know what to blame everything on.
Helen Wright:If it's so simple, why don't you drink?
Sid Jeffers:Me? I have no character.
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Soundtrack:
I Guess I'll Have To Change My Plan (The Blue Pajama Song)See more »

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10 out of 13 people found the following review useful.
Splendid performances and music, 13 August 2006
Author: caa821 from Tulsa OK

It's fun sometimes to watch a movie, and mentally juxtapose it in your mind with another you've seen. In "Humoresque," for example, watch the part where Paul (John Garfield) is delivering his major violin performance, while his wealthy, possessive patron, Helen (Joan Crawford), sits in her expensive box (his mother and "girlfriend" are in the cheaper seats) in a sensuous, almost orgasmic state as she watches him. This scene is depicted as graphically as the constrictions imposed on films in the mid-40's would allow - narrow boundaries compared with even daytime television today. Now visualize Michael Douglas and Sharon Stone from "Basic Instinct." Instead of being a detective and author/murder suspect, respectively, Michael is on-stage like Paul, playing his heart out, and Sharon is the wealthy patron in the audience. Now imagine what Sharon might do, and the camera show, in "her" sensuous reaction to his performance: not a bad vision, eh?

This film IS an outstanding example of the "noir" qualities which were a hallmark of the 30's to the early 50's - from the earlier stages of talking pictures, through the depression and post-WW II years. Joan Crawford was one of the two best (along with Bette Davis) at portraying this type of cold, possessive, and thoroughly selfish, powerful female presence. From later revelations about her real life, it was probably due less to her acting prowess than one imagined at that time. And Garfield played the tough, yet easily-manipulated, handsome male "pawn" to perfection - as the fore-mentioned Michael Douglas has done in the present.

Watch this movie for the outstanding performances of two icons of the film's era. It also represents, in my opinion, one of the three best films for the lead characters' music, presented within 10 years after WW II - each with characters meeting unhappy ends. There is, of course, the great Isaac Stern's music here. Ten years later, another matinée idol, Tyrone Power, starred as the title character in "The Eddy Duchin Story," with the gorgeous Kim Novak, and Carmen Cavallero's talented piano offerings. In about the mid-point between these two movies, in 1950, Kirk Douglas was Rick Martin in "Young Man With a Horn," based largely of the meteoric, talented career of the great trumpet player, Bix Biederbecke, whose life ended at age 28 - but who was so talented he is well-remembered nearly 75 years later; Harry James' playing in this film is comparable to Stern's and Cavallero's in the other two, and Lauren Bacall and Doris Day are there as Kirk's love interests, the naughty girl and good girl, respectively. Watch these three movies in the order made; you'll be exposed to great music, and three all-time great performers providing music via their respective instruments - as well as some of the great stars in cinema history. And the musical finale from the Duchin movie will bring a tear to virtually anyone's eyes.

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