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The Country Girl (1954)

 -  Drama | Music  -  17 May 1955 (USA)
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A director hires an alcoholic has-been and strikes up a stormy relationship with the actor's wife, who he believes is the cause of all the man's problems.

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Washed up singer/actor Frank Elgin has a chance to make a come-back when director Bernie Dodd offers him the leading role in his new musical. Frank however is very insecure, turns to alcohol and shuns even the smallest of responsibilities, leaving everything up to his wife Georgie who finds it harder and harder to cope with her husband's lack of spirit. Bernie tries to help Frank regain his self-confidence, believing that it is Georgie who's the cause of his insecurity. Written by Leon Wolters <wolters@strw.LeidenUniv.nl>

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How far should a woman go...to redeem the man she loves?

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Changes to Canadian video ratings standards in the late 1980s resulted in this classic being slapped with an R rating, making it illegal to rent or sell it to anyone under the age of 18. No reasons were ever suggested for this rating (which was later changed), though it is possible it may have been confused with a porn film of the same name. See more »

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Bernie Dodd: Does your wife really want you to play this part?
Frank Elgin: Yeah, she's all for it.
Bernie Dodd: I was just wondering. The day I met her, she seemed a little difficult about terms and rather domineering, I thought.
Frank Elgin: She wasn't always like that.
Bernie Dodd: Oh I know, I know. They all start out as Juliets and wind up as Lady Macbeths.
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Referenced in I Love Lucy: Hollywood at Last (1955) See more »

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The Land Around Us
by Harold Arlen and Ira Gershwin
Sung by Bing Crosby and chorus
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Fake high art...
1 January 2006 | by (las vegas, nv) – See all my reviews

Stage director William Holden fights with his producer over casting alcoholic-on-the-mend singer Bing Crosby as the lead in their newest musical production; Crosby's wife Grace Kelly, a no-nonsense type who dresses glumly, appears to be Crosby's rock but may in fact be what's crippling him. Peculiar melodrama is absorbing and interesting, well-paced and literate, but is also show-offy and fairly shallow. Everyone is unnaturally tense and forlorn, and the spirit of the piece is held back to showcase all the angst. Kelly won a Best Actress Oscar, and although her acting is solid, it's a clichéd part (one waits for her to make that visible transformation, and it happens right on cue; though to credit the filmmakers, a big fuss isn't made of it). Crosby was an odd choice for the role of the former star on the comeback trail; his style of acting is resolutely old-fashioned and, although he does good work, he looks so much older than Holden and Kelly--and his general style is older still--his performance sequences seem distinctly out-of-touch (even for 1954). Holden is the acting stand-out (he was the only one of the three leads not Oscar-nominated), and his innate grit and conflict are something the viewer can get a grip on; Holden immediately connects with the audience because he is completely focused and seems to bring this mannered material back down to earth (he makes it mean something). The plot functions are square and uptight, and the musical production within the film looks pretty hoary, but the drama and human interaction is still worthwhile on a soap opera level. **1/2 from ****


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