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Writers:
Dorothy Parker (story) &
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Release Date:
March 1947 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
Love-Wrecked!
Plot:
Angie Evans, fast-rising nightclub singer, interrupts her career to marry struggling songwriter Ken Conway... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Awards:
Nominated for 2 Oscars. See more »
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Actors on Actors: "The Susan Hayward of it All"
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Cast

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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)
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)
Bert Howard ... Poker Player (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)
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)
Barbara Woodell ... Girl (uncredited)
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Directed by
Stuart Heisler 
 
Writing credits
Dorothy Parker (story) &
Frank Cavett (story)

John Howard Lawson (screenplay)

Lionel Wiggam (additional dialogue)

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 
 
Art Direction by
Alexander Golitzen 
 
Set Decoration by
Russell A. Gausman 
Ruby R. Levitt  (as Ruby Levitt)
 
Costume Design by
Travis Banton (gowns)
 
Makeup Department
Carmen Dirigo .... hair stylist
Jack P. Pierce .... director of makeup
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Fred Frank .... assistant director
 
Sound Department
Charles Felstead .... sound director
Joe Lapis .... technician
 
Special Effects by
David S. Horsley .... special photography
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Eugene Joseff .... costume jeweller (uncredited)
 
Music Department
David Tamkin .... orchestrator
 
Other crew
Walter Wanger .... presenter
 
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103 min
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1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Recording)
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Trivia:
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 »
Quotes:
Martha Gray, Elliott's Secretary:I just remembered, I have an appointment with a headache.See more »
Movie Connections:
Featured in Fear Stalk (1989) (TV)See more »
Soundtrack:
Hushabye IslandSee more »

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23 out of 24 people found the following review useful.
The background story is more interesting, 17 June 2006
Author: blanche-2 from United States

Allegedly, Susan Hayward got this breakthrough role because every other Hollywood actress turned it down, due to the fact that it is the story of Bing Crosby's wife, Dixie Lee. Whatever, it got Susan an Oscar nomination and put her on the road to meatier parts.

As other comments have pointed out, this was probably considered very hard-hitting back in the day. But while it's true that "The Lost Weekend" tackled alcoholism, this is the story of a woman alcoholic, and that carries a lot of baggage with it - baggage Hollywood probably wasn't ready to face in 1947. One of the stereotypes of female alcoholism is promiscuity, a subject not broached here. Also, rather than a slovenly, bedraggled appearance, Hayward looks gorgeous throughout. Had this subject been handled more brutally, it would have been groundbreaking. In 1947, alcoholics like Gail Russell hid out at home, leading miserable, lonely lives. Here, Hayward gives up her own successful singing career to be the stay at home wife of Lee Bowman, whose career takes off. (In Bowman's dubbing, they even give him those mellow, rounded Crosby-like tones.) Boredom, feeling left out, and jealousy lead her to consume more and more alcohol, although it's clear from the beginning of the film that she drinks for courage before performing.

Her downward cycle and the ending of the movie are all a little too pat, but Hayward does a good job with the material she's given. Lee Bowman is miscast as her successful husband - he lacks the charisma, breezy manner, and flirtatiousness one would associate with a successful pop singer of the era and displays none of the ambition one would suspect Crosby and Sinatra, for instance, possessed. He also lacks the self-involvement one would associate with a star of that magnitude, which would in turn drive his wife out of his life. This is more the fault of the script and the direction, however.

Eddie Albert is charming and gives an honest performance as partner and concerned friend.

Recommended if you want to see a young Susan Hayward in a meaty role.

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