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Torch Song (1953)

Approved | | Drama, Music, Romance | 1 October 1953 (USA)
Jenny Stewart is a tough Broadway musical star who doesn't take criticism from anyone. Yet there is one individual, Tye Graham, a blind pianist who may be able to break through her tough ... See full summary »

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Tye Graham
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Cliff Willard
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Mrs. Stewart
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Joe Denner (as Henry Morgan)
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Philip Norton
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Gene, the Dance Director
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Monty Rolfe
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Charles Maylor
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Anne
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Celia Stewart
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Chuck Peters
Rudy Render ...
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Jenny Stewart is a tough Broadway musical star who doesn't take criticism from anyone. Yet there is one individual, Tye Graham, a blind pianist who may be able to break through her tough exterior. Written by Kelly

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Tough Baby - a wonderful love story with the star of "Sudden Fear" and for the FIRST TIME you'll see her in TECHNICOLOR!

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Drama | Music | Romance

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1 October 1953 (USA)  »

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Herzen im Fieber  »

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(Western Electric Sound System)

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1.75 : 1
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Trivia

The music used for the opening dance sequence between Joan Crawford and Chuck Walters is recycled from the previous MGM film Royal Wedding (1951). It was Fred Astaire's dance music for "You're All the World to Me". See more »

Goofs

Jenny closes her eyes to find out what it's like for a blind person to light a cigarette. Meanwhile, the cigarette and cigarette lighter switch hands. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Jenny Stewart: Hold the record.
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Connections

Featured in That's Entertainment! III (1994) See more »

Soundtracks

You're All the World to Me
Music by Burton Lane
Lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner
Danced by Joan Crawford and Charles Walters
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colorful Crawford melodrama
23 May 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

What makes this tepidly received 1953 romantic melodrama with music watchable in the 21st century is primarily Joan Crawford who, by this time, was at the zenith of her screen acting powers. In the 1950s she played a succession of formidable middle-aged dames who had maintained their good looks despite years of character-building hard knocks. But at the core of all of these creatures was a tender and easily broken heart and the plots of most of Joan's 1950s films explore the way this tender heart is exposed through love.

Second in appeal is the color scheme. It was not unusual for 1950s Hollywood commercial fare to feature brilliant, even garish, colors in order to entice viewers away from the little boxes of black-and-white in their living rooms. Seen through the lens of more than half a century, these schemes look bizarre, even ridiculous, but create their own fascination. This is one of those super-saturated works that can hold the attention just to see which crazy color combination will appear in the next scene.


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