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Release Date:
1 October 1953 (USA) See more »
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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!
Plot:
Jenny Stewart is a tough Broadway musical star who doesn't take criticism from anyone. Yet there is one individual... See more » | Full synopsis »
Awards:
Nominated for Oscar. Another 1 win See more »
User Reviews:
"And spoil that line?" See more (34 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)

Joan Crawford ... Jenny Stewart

Michael Wilding ... Tye Graham

Gig Young ... Cliff Willard
Marjorie Rambeau ... Mrs. Stewart

Harry Morgan ... 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

Maidie Norman ... Anne
Nancy Gates ... Celia Stewart
Chris Warfield ... Chuck Peters
Rudy Render ... Singer at Party
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Mary Benoit ... Woman in Audience (uncredited)
Ralph Brooks ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Steve Carruthers ... Man in Audience (uncredited)
Adolph Deutsch ... Conductor (uncredited)
Estelle Etterre ... Woman in Audience (uncredited)
Bess Flowers ... Woman at Rehearsal (uncredited)
Mimi Gibson ... Susie (uncredited)
Sam Harris ... Restaurant Patron (uncredited)
Peggy King ... Cora (uncredited)
Mitchell Lewis ... Bill the Doorman (uncredited)
Joan Maloney ... Dancer (uncredited)
Frank Mazzola ... Merle (uncredited)
Harold Miller ... Party Guest / Man at Rehearsal (uncredited)
Paul Power ... Man in Audience (uncredited)
John Rosser ... Chauffeur (uncredited)
Norma Jean Salina ... Margaret (uncredited)
Reginald Simpson ... Cab Driver (uncredited)
Donna Jean Stewart ... Elsie (uncredited)
Gary Stewart ... Eddie (uncredited)
Charles Walters ... Ralph Ellis (uncredited)
Dick Winslow ... Party Guest (uncredited)

Directed by
Charles Walters 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
John Michael Hayes  writer
Jan Lustig  writer
I.A.R. Wylie  story

Produced by
Henry Berman .... producer
Sidney Franklin .... producer (as Sidney Franklin Jr.)
Charles Schnee .... producer
 
Original Music by
Adolph Deutsch 
 
Cinematography by
Robert H. Planck 
 
Film Editing by
Albert Akst 
 
Art Direction by
E. Preston Ames 
Cedric Gibbons 
 
Set Decoration by
Jack D. Moore 
Edwin B. Willis 
 
Costume Design by
Helen Rose 
 
Makeup Department
Sydney Guilaroff .... hair stylist
William Tuttle .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Jay Marchant .... unit manager (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Douglas Shearer .... recording supervisor
 
Special Effects by
Warren Newcombe .... special effects
 
Music Department
Walter Gross .... musician: piano
Alexander Courage .... composer: additional music (uncredited)
Alexander Courage .... orchestrator (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Charles Walters .... choreographer
 

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Runtime:
90 min
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Color:
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.75 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Sound System)
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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:
Anachronisms: 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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Movie Connections:
Featured in Secret Voices of Hollywood (2013) (TV)See more »
Soundtrack:
TenderlySee more »

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53 out of 56 people found the following review useful.
"And spoil that line?", 27 July 2001

Sadly out of print, this camp classic is a textbook example of the very worst of 1950's cinema. There's the incredibly saturated Technicolor; the absurd art direction (Joan's oh-so-modern, electronic bedroom, for instance); the sublimely exaggerated wardrobe; and, above all, late-mid-period Joan Crawford, acting, acting, ACTING. By this time, Crawford was already a Hollywood legend; she'd made her debut in 1924, was a top box office draw throughout the 1930's, was considered a has been by the 1940's, and then made a phoenix-like comeback with her Oscar-winning turn in "Mildred Pierce." Since then, her screen persona had hardened into that of the glamorous, ballsy dame--increasingly mannish and emasculating. Where the young Crawford had once been romanced by the likes of Clark Gable, Robert Taylor and Spencer Tracy, this atomic-era Crawford chewed up and spat out her increasingly colorless male foils. In "Torch Song," her unfortunate co-star is the veddy British Michael Wilding (then Mr. Elizabeth Taylor), who plays a blind pianist. (No, really.) Crawford is Jenny Stewart, a huge musical comedy star, who "has the mouth of angel, but the words that come out are pure tramp!" Needless to say, Ms. Stewart makes Helen Lawson look like Mother Teresa. Flashing her huge eyes, shoving cigarettes between her blood-red lips, sashaying about in various glamorous creations, Crawford is the undisputed star of the show. Wilding doesn't stand a chance (poor Gig Young fares even worse--his dissipated, parasitic character is written out halfway through). Crawford and Wilding "meet nasty"--that is to say, she berates him with such gems as "Why don't you get yourself a seeing eye girl!" I won't ruin the ending for you, but suffice to say, it's pure Hollywood soap. Joan even has a poor-folks, plain-speakin' Ma, played by Marjorie Rambeau! Along the way, Joan does several song-and-dance routines designed to show that the 45-year-old star still had a formidable figure. The two most famous are, of course, the notorious "Two Faced Woman," performed, inexplicably, outrageously, appallingly, hysterically, in blackface; and the rehearsal hall scene where Jenny Stewart practically castrates a chorus boy who trips over her leg. "He's paid a very handsome salary to dance AROUND that leg!" she growls. "Torch Song" really exists as an offering on the shrine of Joan Crawford--a big, fat, juicy Technicolor love letter to her glamour and legend. As such, it doesn't get much better than this.

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