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John Howard Lawson (screenplay)
Lionel Wiggam (additional dialogue)
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Release Date:
March 1947 (USA) See more »
Angie Evans, fast-rising nightclub singer, interrupts her career to marry struggling songwriter Ken Conway... See more » | Add synopsis »
Nominated for 2 Oscars. See more »
User Reviews:
Only worth seeing for Hayward See more (27 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Susan Hayward ... Angelica 'Angie' 'Angel' Evans Conway

Lee Bowman ... Ken Conway

Marsha Hunt ... Martha Gray, Elliott's Secretary

Eddie Albert ... Steve Nelson
Carl Esmond ... Dr. Lorenz

Carleton Young ... Fred Elliott
Charles D. Brown ... Michael 'Mike' Dawson
Janet Murdoch ... Miss Kirk, Baby Angelica's Nanny
Sharyn Payne ... Angelica 'Angel' Conway

Robert Shayne ... Mr. Gordon
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ernie Adams ... Charley, Waiter (uncredited)
Erville Alderson ... Farmer at Fire (uncredited)
Fred Aldrich ... Doorman at Nightclub (uncredited)
Carol Andrews ... Female Photographer (uncredited)
Sam Ash ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Brooks Benedict ... Celebrant with Mr. Gordon (uncredited)
Larry J. Blake ... Radio Station Emcee (uncredited)
Paul Bradley ... Mike's Companion (uncredited)
Ralph Brooks ... Clerk (uncredited)
Fred Browne ... Bartender (uncredited)
Virginia Carroll ... Woman (uncredited)
Douglas Carter ... Hotel Manager (uncredited)
Tom Chatterton ... Edwards, Ken's Butler (uncredited)
Dorothy Christy ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Eddie Coke ... News Photographer (uncredited)
James Conaty ... Party Guest (uncredited)
James Craven ... Sam Winsley (uncredited)
Sayre Dearing ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Matt Dennis ... Announcer (voice) (uncredited)
Laurie Douglas ... Singer at the Raven Club (uncredited)
Alphonso DuBois ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Cecil Elliott ... Matron (uncredited)
Alice Fleming ... Miss Tierman (uncredited)
Bess Flowers ... Inquisitive Party Guest (uncredited)
Charles Flynn ... News Photographer (uncredited)
Cay Forester ... Young Woman (uncredited)
Joan Fulton ... Angelica as baby (voice) (uncredited)
Phil Garris ... Bellhop (uncredited)
William Gould ... Judge (uncredited)
Beatrice Gray ... Nurse (uncredited)
Sherry Hall ... Cab Driver (uncredited)
Al Hill ... Man (uncredited)
Victoria Horne ... Woman (uncredited)
Eddie Kane ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Richard Kipling ... Man (uncredited)
Peg La Centra ... Angie's Singing Voice (voice) (uncredited)
Connie Leon ... Mary, Angie's Maid (uncredited)
Carl M. Leviness ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Willene Luckett ... Baby in crib (uncredited)
Wilbur Mack ... Radio Commentator (voice) (uncredited)
Caren Marsh ... Bobby-Soxer (uncredited)
Thomas Martin ... Waiter (uncredited)
David McKim ... Boy (uncredited)
George Meader ... Attorney (uncredited)
George Meeker ... Wolf, an Attorney (uncredited)
Harold Miller ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Hans Moebus ... Club Patron (uncredited)
Ralph Montgomery ... Doorman (uncredited)
Frances Morris ... Mrs. Benton, Baby's Nurse (uncredited)

Noel Neill ... Girl at Party (uncredited)
Vivien Oakland ... Woman at Bar (uncredited)
Steve Olsen ... Bartender (uncredited)
Alexander Pollard ... Waiter (uncredited)
George Ramsey ... Cab Driver (uncredited)
Ed Randolph ... Cab Driver (uncredited)
Joe Recht ... Jimmy, an Elevator Boy (uncredited)
Ruth Sanderson ... Maggie (uncredited)
Jeffrey Sayre ... Poker Player (uncredited)
Lee Shumway ... Benson, Doorman (uncredited)

Milburn Stone ... Raven Club Announcer (voice) (uncredited)
Clarence Straight ... Man (uncredited)
Ann Toth ... Ladies Room Patron (uncredited)
John Valentine ... Dr. Forbes (uncredited)
Nanette Vallon ... Woman (uncredited)
Robert Verdaine ... Maitre d' (uncredited)
Joseph Vitale ... Poker Player (uncredited)
William Wagner ... Waiter with Trash (uncredited)
John Wald ... Radio Announcer at Cowboy Singing Show (uncredited)
Ethel Wales ... Farmer's Wife at Fire (uncredited)
Chalky Williams ... Bartender (uncredited)
Barbara Woodell ... Girl (uncredited)

Directed by
Stuart Heisler 
Writing credits
John Howard Lawson (screenplay)

Lionel Wiggam (additional dialogue)

Dorothy Parker (original story) &
Frank Cavett (original story)

Produced by
Martin Gabel .... associate producer
Walter Wanger .... producer
Original Music by
Frank Skinner 
Daniele Amfitheatrof (uncredited)
Cinematography by
Stanley Cortez (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Milton Carruth (film editor)
Art Direction by
Alexander Golitzen 
Set Decoration by
Russell A. Gausman (set decorations)
Ruby R. Levitt (set decorations) (as Ruby Levitt)
Costume Design by
Travis Banton (gowns)
Makeup Department
Carmen Dirigo .... hair stylist
Jack P. Pierce .... director of make-up
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Fred Frank .... assistant director
Sound Department
Charles Felstead .... director of sound
Joe Lapis .... technician
Special Effects by
David S. Horsley .... special photography
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Eugene Joseff .... costume jeweller (uncredited)
Music Department
David Tamkin .... orchestrations
Other crew
Walter Wanger .... presenter
Crew verified as complete

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Additional Details

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103 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Did You Know?

Based on the life of entertainer Dixie Lee.See more »
Martha Gray, Elliott's Secretary:I just remembered, I have an appointment with a headache.See more »
Movie Connections:
Featured in Red Hollywood (1996) (V)See more »
I Miss That FeelingSee more »


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21 out of 25 people found the following review useful.
Only worth seeing for Hayward, 25 January 2005
Author: preppy-3 from United States

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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