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Torch Song (1953)

 -  Drama | Music | Romance  -  1 October 1953 (USA)
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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 ... See full summary »

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Tye Graham
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Cliff Willard
Marjorie Rambeau ...
Mrs. Stewart
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Joe Denner (as Henry Morgan)
Dorothy Patrick ...
Martha
James Todd ...
Philip Norton
Eugene Loring ...
Gene, the Dance Director
Paul Guilfoyle ...
Monty Rolfe
Benny Rubin ...
Charles Maylor
Peter Chong ...
Peter
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Anne
Nancy Gates ...
Celia Stewart
Chris Warfield ...
Chuck Peters
Rudy Render ...
Singer at Party
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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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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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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Approved | See all certifications »
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1 October 1953 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Herzen im Fieber  »

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(Western Electric Sound System)

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(Technicolor)

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1.75 : 1
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Trivia

In the song-and-dance number "Two-Faced Woman" (music by Arthur Schwartz, lyrics by Howard Dietz), Joan Crawford performs in blackface. Crawford's singing voice was dubbed by India Adams, whose pre-recording was originally intended for Cyd Charisse in The Band Wagon (1953). The song-and-dance performance by Charisse - with Oscar Levant on piano - was dropped from the film. However, the footage appears on the DVD release from Warner Home Video. In That's Entertainment! III (1994), the Charisse and Crawford versions are compared via split screen. See more »

Goofs

In an old newspaper review, Ty rhapsodizes about Jenny's performance of the song "Tenderly" which he saw her perform on the night before he was shipped off to WWII (and subsequently blinded). In reality, that tune was not written until 1946, a year after war was over. See more »

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[first lines]
Jenny Stewart: Hold the record.
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Lyrics by Lorenz Hart
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The best movie musical of all time
27 April 2000 | by (San Francisco) – See all my reviews

Ok, I'm only kidding but it has to be, at least, one of the funniest! Joan stars as Jennie Stewart and out of control ego maniacal Broadway star attempting a comeback (hmmm, life imitating art much?) Actually, it is too easy to dismiss this as Crawford playing herself here...I choose to believe that she is not and is playing a very specific Broadway type actress (think Helen Lawson from Valley of the Dolls). Anyway, this movie is chock full of garish colors (raven haired Joan, with blood red lips and a canary colored full length dressing gown that matches her curtains is a stupendous sight), wicked, campy dialogue and the infamous blackface "musical" number, "Two Faced Woman" add up to an hilarious and entertaining movie watching experience.


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