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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
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According to Marsha Hunt in a November 1989 article for "Films in Review," I had a big fight onscreen with Susan Hayward in a powder room, and we went right at it... no retakes. The bruises were showing. It was a hard movie to make. Miss Susan Hayeard never talked to her co-workers when waiting for a take. She took no interest in the rest of us. It was extremely strange - as if we did not exist." See more »
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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Soapy melodrama that doesn't really do much with the subject matter
Nightclub singer Angelica marries fellow singer Ken, has children and stops pursuing her own career. However as Ken becomes more famous he spends more time on the road, leaving Angelica to be either alone or lost in the midst of crowds of admirers. To fill her time and give her confidence she turns to drink. It isn't long before she is a slave to the drink and her life is falling down around her.
A handful of films have tried to put alcoholism on screen The Lost Weekend, Leaving Las Vegas to name two, but some are more successful that others. Smash Up (a daft title) uses alcoholism as a reason for a melodrama but the way it uses it, it could have chosen any subject. Angelica has everything so even when she hits rock bottom she's still in a great flat surrounded by money! It's a little hard to like her for this reason and it's hard to see her alcoholism as a curse more like selfish attention seeking. By the time the film gets to the `well, you see Ken ..' moralising ending I'd lost interest in this person and wanted a more realistic view of alcoholism.
Hayward is OK she's not as hammy as she could have been, she could have gone all Betty Davis one us! But she still plays it up and she doesn't make a convincing drunk even when going cold turkey she looks glamorous. I felt that another actress could have done a better job and still been understated.
Overall this is not so much about alcoholism than a melodrama that uses drink as a plot device to put the main character over the edge. Soapy and ultimately quite dull.
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