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The Country Girl -- Grace Kelly received an Oscar for her brilliant portrayal of the wife, and Bing Crosby gave one of the most outstanding performances of his varied career as an alcoholic, guilt-ridden and has-been actor.
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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Clifford Odets (play)
George Seaton (written for the screen by)
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Release Date:
17 May 1955 (USA) See more »
How far should a woman redeem the man she loves?
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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Won 2 Oscars. Another 7 wins & 9 nominations See more »
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Fake high art... See more (58 total) »


  (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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104 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.78 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Recording)
Argentina:13 | 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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During filming Grace Kelly managed to have affairs with Bing Crosby, Clark Gable and William HoldenSee more »
Georgie Elgin:Let's say I try my small way to help.
Bernie Dodd:That's what my ex-wife used to keep me reminding of, cheerfully. She had a theory that behind every great man there was a great woman. She also was thoroughly convinced that she was great and all I needed to qualify was guidance on her part.
Georgie Elgin:Still does not prove that the theory is completely wrong. I imagine one can go through history and find a few good examples.
Bernie Dodd:It's a pity that Leonardo da Vinci never had a wife to guide him, he might have really gotten somewhere.
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The Pitchman / It's Mine, It's YoursSee more »


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Jacqueline Fontaine---How Was She Discovered?
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17 out of 29 people found the following review useful.
Fake high art..., 1 January 2006
Author: moonspinner55 from las vegas, nv

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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