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Smash-Up: The Story of a Woman (1947)

Approved | | Drama, Music, Romance | March 1947 (USA)
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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The motion picture Production Code Administration (PCA) tried to dissuade Walter Wanger from making the film, because the subject was recently explored in the movie The Lost Weekend (1945), and excessive drinking violated the production code. Wanger convinced them that it is permitted for furthering the plot and characterization, and he was given PCA approval. See more »

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Martha Gray, Elliott's Secretary: I just remembered, I have an appointment with a headache.
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Lonely Little Ranch House
(1947)
Music by Edgar Fairchild
Lyrics Jack Brooks
Played on guitar by Eddie Albert (uncredited) and sung by Lee Bowman (uncredited) (dubbed by Hal Derwin (uncredited)) at the radio broadcast
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You can just about make out Dorothy Parker's contribution
8 June 2007 | by (Derry, Ireland) – See all my reviews

Dorothy Parker was co-writer of the original story and you can just about make out her contribution in the character played by Susan Hayward, a singer who sacrifices her career for that of her husband, Lee Bowman, then hits the bottle as she plays second-fiddle losing him to vampish Marsha Hunt. This was a conventional woman's picture of the period but it gave Hayward a meaty role which she seized with both hands, earning an Oscar nomination into the bargain. Co-star Eddie Albert almost steals the show, however, in the role of the couple's best friend and Bowman's co-songwriter. The tear-stained ending doesn't do it any favours.


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