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Smash-Up: The Story of a Woman (1947)

Approved | | 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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Complete credited cast:
Martha Gray, Elliott's Secretary
Dr. Lorenz
Fred Elliott
Charles D. Brown ...
Michael 'Mike' Dawson
Janet Murdoch ...
Miss Kirk, Baby Angelica's Nanny
Sharyn Payne ...
Mr. Gordon


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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Drama | Music | Romance


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March 1947 (USA)  »

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Smash-Up  »

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(Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


Based on the life of entertainer Dixie Lee. See more »


Ken Conway: I'm gonna have a baby!
Steve Nelson: I told you you had talent.
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Spoofed in Polyester (1981) See more »


A Cowboy's Never Lonesome
by 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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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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