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Torch Song
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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:
Mixed feelings 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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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 her mother's apartment, Jenny Stewart - played by Joan Crawford - listens as the phonograph plays one of her greatest hits: "Tenderly" (music by Walter Gross, lyrics by Jack Lawrence), which, in reality, was a huge hit for Rosemary Clooney, via her 1952 Columbia single. As Jenny's platter spins, the voice of India Adams is heard, while Jenny reminisces about her early show business career to her mother, played by Marjorie Rambeau). In Crawford's own singing voice, she offers phrases of the classic ballad while the record plays.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: 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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14 out of 19 people found the following review useful.
Mixed feelings, 14 February 2008
Author: beyondtheforest from United States

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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