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The Country Girl -- A director hires an alcoholic has-been and strikes up a stormy relationship with the actor's wife, whom he believes is the cause of all the man's problems.

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Director:
Writers:
Clifford Odets (play)
George Seaton (written for the screen by)
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Release Date:
17 May 1955 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
How far should a woman go...to redeem the man she loves?
Plot:
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Awards:
Won 2 Oscars. Another 7 wins & 9 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
The Drinking Life See more (56 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Bing Crosby ... Frank Elgin

Grace Kelly ... Georgie Elgin

William Holden ... Bernie Dodd
Anthony Ross ... Philip Cook
Gene Reynolds ... Larry
Jacqueline Fontaine ... Lounge Singer
Eddie Ryder ... Ed
Robert Kent ... Paul Unger
John W. Reynolds ... Henry Johnson
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Bob Alden ... Bellboy (uncredited)

George Chakiris ... Dancer with Pick (uncredited)
Les Clark ... Actor (uncredited)
Hal K. Dawson ... Actor (uncredited)
Allan Douglas ... Man (uncredited)
Don Dunning ... Expressman (uncredited)
Franklyn Farnum ... First-Nighter (uncredited)
Ed Fury ... Actor in the Play (uncredited)
Neva Gilbert ... Lady (uncredited)
Chuck Hamilton ... Police Desk Sergeant (uncredited)
Chester Jones ... Ralph - Dresser (uncredited)
Howard Joslin ... Actor (uncredited)
Richard Keene ... Actor (uncredited)
Kenner G. Kemp ... Drunken Table Extra (uncredited)
Jack Kenny ... Actor (uncredited)
Harold Miller ... Theatregoer / Party Guest (uncredited)
Ida Moore ... First Woman (uncredited)

'Snub' Pollard ... Stagehand (uncredited)

Jon Provost ... Johnnie Elgin (uncredited)
Ruth Rickaby ... Second Woman (uncredited)
Jack Roberts ... Man (uncredited)
Jeffrey Sayre ... Diner at Sardi's (uncredited)
Frank J. Scannell ... Bartender (uncredited)
Sarah Selby ... Theatregoer (uncredited)
Charles Tannen ... First Photographer (uncredited)
Max Wagner ... Expressman (uncredited)
Katherine Warren ... Theatregoer (uncredited)

Dan White ... Man (uncredited)
Victor Young ... Conductor (uncredited)

Directed by
George Seaton 
 
Writing credits
Clifford Odets (play)

George Seaton (written for the screen by)

Produced by
William Perlberg .... producer
George Seaton .... producer (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
Victor Young 
 
Cinematography by
John F. Warren (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Ellsworth Hoagland 
 
Art Direction by
Roland Anderson 
Hal Pereira 
 
Set Decoration by
Sam Comer 
Grace Gregory 
 
Costume Design by
Edith Head 
 
Makeup Department
Wally Westmore .... makeup supervisor
 
Production Management
Harry Caplan .... production manager (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Francisco Day .... assistant director
 
Sound Department
John Cope .... sound recordist
Gene Merritt .... sound recordist
Carl Mahakian .... sound editor (uncredited)
 
Visual Effects by
John P. Fulton .... special photographic effects
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Joan Joseff .... costume jeweller (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Robert Alton .... musical sequence stager
Sidney Cutner .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Leo Shuken .... orchestrator (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Arthur Jacobson .... assistant to producer
Stanley Scheuer .... script supervisor (uncredited)
 
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Runtime:
104 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.78 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Recording)
Certification:
Australia:PG | Finland:S | Singapore:PG | Sweden:15 | UK:A (original rating) | UK:PG (video rating) (2004) | USA:Unrated | USA:Approved (PCA #17063, General Audience) | West Germany:16 (f)

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Trivia:
During the flashback scene inside the recording studio where Bing Crosby sings "The Search is Through," that's Victor Young in a bit part playing the conductor. Also, the scene was shot inside the famed Paramount scoring stage where Young conducted so many of his film scores.See more »
Quotes:
Georgie Elgin:Frank's on stage.
Bernie Dodd:I know. I want to talk to you.
Georgie Elgin:The last time we talked, Mr. Dodd, you reduced me to tears. I promise you, it won't happen again.
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Movie Connections:
Featured in Paramount Presents (1974) (TV)See more »
Soundtrack:
Dissertation on the State of Bliss (Love and Learn Blues)See more »

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Midwest Premiere Took Place When & Where?
Jacqueline Fontaine---How Was She Discovered?
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17 out of 28 people found the following review useful.
The Drinking Life, 8 October 2002
Author: telegonus from brighton, ma

1954 was a banner year for the three stars of The Country Girl, as Grace Kelly, who would win an Oscar for her performance in this film, also appeared in the highly successful Rear Window and Dial M For Murder, both for Alfred Hitchcock, as well as the grim war drama The Bridges At Toko-Ri, which also features William Holden. In The Country Girl, Holden gets third billing despite his having just won an Oscar himself, for Stalag 17, and who was at around the same time could be seen in Sabrina and Executive Suite. Top-billed Bing Crosby was soon to be seen in the smash musical White Christmas. As to the movie itself, it is adapted from a Clifford Odets play about an alcoholic actor (changed to a singer to accommodate Mr. Crosby), and his over-reliance on his wife, whom he tells anyone who will listen is the cause of his drinking, when in fact she is looking after him. The movie is an interesting study of alcoholism and its effect on human relationships, as the lying and deceit that it engenders ruins all attempts at honesty, however small, as it compels people to become actors in a drama over which they have no control. There is an added dimension to this aspect of the story, as the setting is theatrical, and the people in it theatre-wise.

The Country Girl lacks the brilliance of The Lost Weekend; and while it actually probes more deeply into the psyche of an alcoholic than the earlier film does, it's much more static, and visually it's unexciting. For a man steeped in the theatre and theatrical lore, Odets is surprisingly weak with the show biz shoptalk, yet proves himself once more a master dramatist with the psychology. I like the way it's made clear that Frank Elgin was on a downward slide before his young son died, as the boy's tragic death is his "official" reason for drinking. His use of charm, as much as drink, to quell his anxiety, is also nicely suggested, as Elgin is a man who cannot stand rejection of any kind, however small the issue. In this regard he is the worst kind of seducer, compelling others to accept him on terms he cannot himself accept, then trying to live up to their expectations despite the fact that he never really believed his own PR in the first place. He then lets everyone done, forcing them to feel as badly as he does, and meanwhile, the show must go on, and where's Frank? Oh, he's in his dressing room drinking some cough syrup. You see, he has a bad cold...

As Elgin, Crosby is splendid, playing without vanity a man snowed under by his own self-pity. He is especially good at turning on his charm at the wrong moments (i.e. when he's lying or hiding something). As his wife, Grace Kelly is altogether too young and attractive for the part, and doesn't seem at all like the country girl she's supposed to be. She was a beautiful woman, with perfect features, but her acting here seems barely professional. Holden is more fiery than usual as the short-tempered director, and for my money walks off with the show. Crosby's part may be meatier, but his character is pitiful and difficult to respect, while Holden is like a brick, holding the others and the movie together by sheer charisma. He's also essentially the audience's point man in the film, learning as he goes along; and we learn with him.

A fine movie, dated only in its particulars. It's very fifties in tone, and at times seems somewhat underpopulated, and yet even Miss Kelly's miscasting can't ruin it.

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