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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 »
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(95 articles)
User Reviews:
Incredible Highs. 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)
 
Crew verified as complete


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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:
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 »
Quotes:
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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33 out of 45 people found the following review useful.
Incredible Highs., 30 July 2004
Author: bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York

Bing Crosby's career reached its dramatic heights in The Country Girl. In fact the trio of Crosby, Grace Kelly, and William Holden all hit incredible highs with this one. Clifford Odets's play was a good backstage drama without any great political statement that characterized his earlier work

It would be another three years before Bing Crosby would do a film without singing at all. But for those who've never seen the Odets play, the story is one without any music. Crosby's role on Broadway was originated by Paul Kelly. When Paramount bought the screen rights they had Harold Arlen and Ira Gershwin write the songs that Crosby sings in The Country Girl. Curiously enough none of them, good that they were, became any kind of hit for Bing. Also this was Ira Gershwin's last score for either the stage of screen.

It's fitting that Grace Kelly won her Oscar for this part. Uta Hagen who played Georgie Elgin on Broadway won a Tony for her performance. Kelly was up against some stiff competition that year and upset the betting favorite Judy Garland for A Star Is Born. Other nominees included Dorothy Dandridge for Carmen Jones, Jane Wyman for Magnificent Obsession and Audrey Hepburn for Sabrina. I suppose it was the fact that Kelly was cast against type in her portrayal. Usually playing chic blonde princesses, she's almost dowdy looking in this film.

Crosby plumbed some dramatic depths also and was nominated for Frank Elgin. However after three successive years of being nominated and not winning, Marlon Brando was not going to be denied in 1954. The rest of that field included Humphrey Bogart for The Caine Mutiny, James Mason for A Star Is Born and Dan O'Herlihy for Robinson Crusoe. Not a shabby field there either and Crosby's personal best came up against Brando's consolation for not winning for Streetcar Named Desire. Oscar politics at its finest.

Bill Holden's part of Bernie Dodd was originated on Broadway by Steven Hill who today's audiences know as DA Adam Schiff from Law and Order. After years of playing what he called "Smiling Jim" roles, his acting took on some bite with Sunset Boulevard. He's a cynical man here also, but there was an additional edge here. One of the plot elements was alcoholic Crosby knowing about Holden's bad marriage and using that knowledge to blame his bad behavior on Kelly. Holden was in the midst of a bad marriage himself, the only one he ever had. Marked by bitterness, recriminations, and mutual infidelities, he and Brenda Marshall stayed married for over 20 years for the sake of their children. When Holden's Bernie Dodd talks about his former wife there's an edge that I'm sure came from personal experience.

The only other role of any size is that of producer Phil Cook and it's played Anthony Ross. Another plot element is Holden's championing Crosby going head to head a few times with Ross who never really wanted him in his show. One of Ross's condition to using Crosby is that he given a contract with a two weeks notice clause and not a run of the play contract. Ross gets hoisted on his own petard for that one. Sadly this was Ross's last film, he died the following year.

The Country Girl is mature and intelligent and avoids the usual Hollywood clichés concerning show business stories. Even if you're not a fan of any or all of its three stars, this can be enjoyed on its artistic merits.

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