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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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Surprisingly superb performances 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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Additional Details

Also Known As:
104 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.78 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Recording)
Argentina:13 | Australia:PG | Finland:S | Ireland:G | 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)

Did You Know?

In the "I Love Lucy: Hollywood at Last (#4.16)" (1955) episode, William Holden was featured as a guest star. During a conversation with Ricky Ricardo (Desi Arnaz) regarding working at the movie studio, he mentions, "I just finished a picture called The Country Girl (1954) with Bing Crosby and Grace Kelly."See more »
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:
The Pitchman / It's Mine, It's YoursSee more »


Midwest Premiere Took Place When & Where?
Jacqueline Fontaine---How Was She Discovered?
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35 out of 44 people found the following review useful.
Surprisingly superb performances, 28 July 1999
Author: anonymous from New York, USA

I accidentally came across this movie on a classic movie channel and decided to watch. I have never considered Bing Crosby or Grace Kelly to be academy award winning actors, and I knew little of William Holden's acting abilities. I was both surprised and moved to tears in watching the compelling performances of these actors. I forgot that they were the "stars" and only saw them as the desperate individuals that they portrayed. I also realized that scripts like those no longer appear in contemporary films. Each word chosen for it's precision, poignancy and heart. Also surprising is how well the disease of alcoholism was understood even at that time, although there are sadly still many in society today who lack that level of sophistication to fully comprehend the agonizing aspects of alcoholism both to the individual addict and his family. Brilliantly performed by all! Thank you.

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