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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 & 11 nominations See more »
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(94 articles)
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Slow start but becomes fascinating 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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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:
Bing Crosby almost turned down the film because he thought he was too old for his character and wouldn't be able to play him.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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29 out of 39 people found the following review useful.
Slow start but becomes fascinating, 19 October 2002
Author: Dennis Littrell from United States

In the ranking of American playwrights Clifford Odets is usually placed in the second tier behind Eugene O'Neill, Arthur Miller, Lillian Hellman and Tennessee Williams. His output was something less than theirs and his two best-known plays, Waiting for Lefty and The Country Girl, never quite reached the artistic pinnacle of say, Miller's Death of a Salesman or Williams's A Streetcar Named Desire. Nonetheless as a movie The Country Girl is a brilliant piece of work thanks in part to a fine adaptation by director and screenwriter George Seaton (Oscar for best screen adaptation, 1954) and sterling performances by Grace Kelly, Bing Crosby and William Holden. Seeing this for the first time I was almost as much impressed by Holden, who played a part very much in keeping with his character and with other parts he has played, as I was by Kelly and Crosby who both did 180 degree turns in type-casting.

Grace Kelly won an Oscar as the faithful, strong-willed, bitter, dowdy co-dependent wife of crooner Crosby who played a whimpering, guilt-ridden alcoholic. You have to see Grace Kelly in the bags-under-her-eyes make-up and spinster get-ups to believe it. She looks at least ten years older than her 25 years with a sour puss of a face and an attitude to match. I think she won best actress (over Judy Garland in A Star Is Born) partly because her appearance was so stunningly...different. (While I'm musing, I wonder if this was the film of hers that was banned in Monaco.) It would seem to be the height of creative casting to put her into such a role, yet she is excellent, wonderful to watch as always, her timing exquisite, her expression indelible, and her sense of character perfect. When she says to Holden, "You kissed me--don't let that give you any ideas," and then when we see her face after he leaves, loving it, we believe her both times.

Bing Crosby too is a sight to behold in what must have been his finest 104 minutes as a dramatic actor. He too played way out of character and yet one had the sense that he knew the character well. He was absolutely pathetic as the spineless one. (In real life Der Bingo was reportedly a stern task master at home--ask his kids.) Clearly director Seaton should be given some of the credit for these fine performances. When your stars perform so well, it's clear you've done something right.

The production suffers--inevitably, I suppose--from the weakness of the play within the play. Crosby is to be the star of a Broadway musical called "The Land Around Us." (What we see of the musical assures us it's no Oklahoma!) He's a little too old and stationary for the part, but of course he sings beautifully. (Painful was the excruciatingly slow audition scene opening the movie with Crosby singing and walking through a thoroughly boring number.) Holden is the director and he is taking a chance on Crosby partly because he believes in him and partly because he has nobody else. Naturally if Crosby returns to the bottle, everything will fall apart.

What about the nature of alcoholism as depicted by Odets? Knowing what we now know of the disease, how accurate was his delineation? I think he got it surprising right except for the implied cause. Crosby's character goes downhill after the accidental death of his son, which he blames on himself. Odets reflects the belief, only finally dispelled in recent decades, that alcoholism was indicative of a character flaw, as he has Crosby say he used his son's death as an excuse to drink. Today we know that alcoholism is a disease, a chemical imbalance. Yet Odets knew this practical truth (from the words he puts into the mouth of William Holden's character): an alcoholic stops drinking when he dies or when he gives it up himself. It is interesting to note that as a play The Country Girl appeared in 1950, the same year as William Inge's Come Back, Little Sheba, which also dealt with alcoholism. The intuitive understanding of alcoholism by these two great playwrights might be compared with the present scientific understanding. (See for example, Milam, Dr. James R. and Katherine Ketcham. Under the Influence: A Guide to the Myths and Realities of Alcoholism [1981] or Ketcham, Katherine, et al. Beyond the Influence: Understanding and Defeating Alcoholism [2000].)

Here's a curiosity: the duet song (best number in the movie; Crosby sang it with Jacqueline Fontaine) has the lyric "What you learn is you haven't learned a thing," which is what the alcoholic learns everyday.

And here's a familiar line, cribbed from somewhere in the long ago: Fontaine asks Crosby aren't you so-and-so, and he replies, "I used to be."

(Note: Over 500 of my movie reviews are now available in my book "Cut to the Chaise Lounge or I Can't Believe I Swallowed the Remote!" Get it at Amazon!)

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