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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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The 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 »
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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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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