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Director:
Writers:
John Howard Lawson (screenplay)
Lionel Wiggam (additional dialogue)
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Release Date:
March 1947 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
Love-Wrecked!
Plot:
Angie Evans, fast-rising nightclub singer, interrupts her career to marry struggling songwriter Ken Conway... See more » | Add synopsis »
Awards:
Nominated for 2 Oscars. See more »
User Reviews:
Hayward it terrific, but so is the filming and the rest of the cast...a good one! See more (26 total) »

Cast

  (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)
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)

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
 
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Runtime:
103 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Recording)
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
Reportedly suggested by the life and career of Bing Crosby and songstress wife Dixie Lee; when his popularity as an entertainer eclipsed that of Lee, she drifted into extreme alcoholism, just as Susan Hayward's character does in film.See more »
Quotes:
Ken Conway:I'm gonna have a baby!
Steve Nelson:I told you you had talent.
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Movie Connections:
Featured in Red Hollywood (1996) (V)See more »
Soundtrack:
I Miss That FeelingSee more »

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4 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
Hayward it terrific, but so is the filming and the rest of the cast...a good one!, 9 February 2011
Author: secondtake from United States

Smash Up (1947)

A moving, dramatic story of a singer and then wife and mother and her battle with alcohol. At first you don't know this is going to figure, and it seems to be about a female singer stepping aside to let her new husband's singing career rise. Which it does. And singing dominates the first half to the point of being a musical (and to the point that some viewers might give up on it).

But don't. It's a really good film, the voices are strong even if very old fashioned, and the leading woman's performance is all out, really terrific. She got an Oscar nomination for this role and it's no wonder.

The leading man was probably chosen for his silky rich voice, but Lee Bowman is a very natural actor, and he keeps up his end of the relationship. And this relationship suffers, thanks to career and to the sharp looking and devious Marsha Hunt playing a secretary who likes this singer too much. There are lots of great scenes of parties and night clubs, and even (by contrast) raising a baby. There are lots of movies with these kinds of themes, including a baby who has a brush with death (I give nothing more away), and everything is played out with elegance and smarts.

The elegance comes from great cinematographer Stanley Cortez ("Night of the Hunter") and the smarts come from director Stuart Heisler ("The Glass Key") who never quite rose to his potential in the industry, turning eventually to television. The supporting cast is terrific, including a very natural and likable Eddie Albert, but it's Hayward to eventually steals the show. See her!

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