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Smash-Up: The Story of a Woman (1947)

 -  Drama | Music | Romance  -  March 1947 (USA)
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Angie Evans, fast-rising nightclub singer, interrupts her career to marry struggling songwriter Ken Conway. When Ken lucks into a career as chart-topping radio crooner, Angie is forced into... See full summary »

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Angie Evans, fast-rising nightclub singer, interrupts her career to marry struggling songwriter Ken Conway. When Ken lucks into a career as chart-topping radio crooner, Angie is forced into idle luxury which proves her downfall. Her potential alcoholism burgeons and Ken remains clueless concerning his responsibility for her problems. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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Walter Wanger consulted with the National Committee for Education of Alcoholism and used their suggestions about continued vigilance in the film. Similarly, director Stuart Heisler consulted with authorities on alcoholism. See more »

Quotes

Ken Conway: I'm gonna have a baby!
Steve Nelson: I told you you had talent.
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Life Can Be Beautiful
(1947)
Music by Jimmy McHugh
Lyrics Harold Adamson
Played on piano by Eddie Albert (uncredited) and sung by Lee Bowman (uncredited) (dubbed by Hal Derwin (uncredited))
Reprised by them at the radio broadcast with background orchestra
Whistled by Eddie Albert (uncredited)
Played on a music box
Reprised again by Eddie Albert (uncredited) and Lee Bowman (uncredited) (dubbed by Hal Derwin (uncredited)) at Angie's party
Reprised at the Raven Club nightclub and sung by Laurie Douglas (uncredited)
Played as background music often
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Susan Hayward Is Superb
11 December 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Susan Hayward free of her Paramount contract where she saw Claudette Colbert, Veronica Lake and Paulette Goddard get most of the great roles at Paramount while she was under contract found a true mentor in Walter Wanger who produced this fine film.

At the time of this film, Susan Hayward was just cracking the superstar position she would hold for the next 20 years. "Smash Up" is as fine a piece of acting Ms Hayward ever gave, and richly deserved her Oscar nomination. Loretta Young, that years surprise winner for "The Farmers Daughter" said years later that she had herself voted for Susan Hayward and not Her own performance or that of the favorite and Loretta's best friend Roz Russell. Susan Hayward justly could have won Three Oscars: "Smash Up", "I'll Cry Tomorrow" and of course "I Want To Live" when she finally did win her Oscar to thunderous applause and a curtain call she thanked "Walter Wanger without whom none of this ( her career) would have been possible" Great Hayward won the Oscar at least once. Wanger's famous reply was "Thank Goodness We Can All Relax...Susie's won the Oscar she has been chasing for 20 years"

Susan Hayward --had a standard bag of acting tricks Hayward used..but in this film Susan Hayward eschews most of them. A fine piece of acting by a great Actress and fondly remembered true and great Movie Star.


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