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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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Martha Gray, Elliott's Secretary
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Carl Esmond ...
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Carleton Young ...
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Michael 'Mike' Dawson
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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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Angelica 'Angie' 'Angel' Evans Conway: I read someplace from the Chinese or the Egyptians or somebody. It said these are the three worst things: to lie in bed and sleep not; to wait for one who comes not; to try to please and please not. They all fit me, don't they?
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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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Only worth seeing for Hayward
25 January 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

A successful singer Angelica Evans (Susan Hayward) gives up her career and marries unsuccessful singer Ken Conway (Lee Bowman). She happily sacrifices for him and his partner (Eddie Albert). Eventually he DOES hit it big, she has a baby...but he never has time for her--his rising career comes first. She slowly drifts into alcoholism.

This was probably hard-hitting in 1947 (a female alcoholic) but it's not even remotely surprising today. It tiredly follows all the rules of a drama like this leading to a jaw-dropping happy ending that was TOTALLY unbelievable (but the Production Code demanded that). Also Bowman is pretty stiff as the husband and this looks pretty cheap (it WAS independently financed).

Still Hayward is so good all the shortcomings can be forgiven. She dives into the role full force and gives everything she has to it. This film (understandably) made her a star and earned her an Academy Award nomination. She's just incredible--it's worth sitting through just for her acting. Also Albert is very good in his supporting role.

So it is dated and really not that good--but worth seeing for Haywood's strong, impressive performance.


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