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 »
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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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 »
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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