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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 ...
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Storyline

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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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

The film marks the first of two times Maidie Norman played Joan Crawford's maid. The second time was nine years later in What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? (1962). 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 »

Quotes

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

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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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Mixed feelings
14 February 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I am sentimental about Torch Song because I can remember being an adolescent who absolutely idolized Joan in this movie. This movie presents her as a goddess for the audience to worship. Truth is, Joan was as beautiful as ever, and her gowns and jewelry are achingly glamorous. Her closeups, even at this late stage, could still rival Garbo. Crawford possessed one of the best faces in cinema history.

The best thing about Torch Song is the use of color. It is a character in itself. Soft blue is the dominant hue.

If you watch Torch Song in the right frame of mind, and prepared to appreciate instead of criticize or laugh, it is possible to come away from it as deliriously enraptured as I was the first time I saw it-- at the age of thirteen (in the '90s). Joan herself loved this movie. It represents complete escapism, but requires that essential suspension of thought. This is territory of glamour and romance, not film analysis.

From a film critic's perspective, and not necessarily a fan's perspective, it is possible to come away from this film viewing it as a dreary, poorly-produced and performed relic. It is not exceptional, technically, in any aspect. Yet, if allowed, the film will hold a spell over the viewer. But it requires a young, indiscriminate mind, able to see freshness in some things which upon closer examination are not original.

The Warner Bros. DVD, unfortunately, does not capitalize on the film's strongest asset -- color. Therefore, it is recommended that you adjust the color and tint level of your television to the highest level before viewing TORCH SONG. This will compensate for the washed out colors of the print, and return Joan's hair color to the appropriate shade of bright apricot, and her lipstick to bright red.


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