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Deprived of a normal childhood by her ambitious mother, Katie, Lillian Roth becomes a star of Broadway and Hollywood before she is twenty. Shortly before her marriage to her childhood sweetheart, David Tredman, he dies and Lillian takes her first drink of many down the road of becoming an alcoholic. She enters into a short-lived marriage to an immature aviation cadet, Wallie, followed by a divorce and then marriage to a sadistic brute and abuser Tony Bardeman. After a failed suicide attempt, Burt McGuire comes to her aid and helps her find the road back to happiness after sixteen years in a nightmare world, not counting the first twenty with her mother. Written by
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SUSAN HAYWARD has some strong, searing scenes full of fireworks in I'LL CRY TOMORROW--as does JO VAN FLEET as her overbearing stage mother--but there are times when you just wish Daniel Mann would keep the theatrical melodramatics a bit more under his control.
The story of a confessed alcoholic singer is an unpleasant one and this is all the more reason why a little soft pedaling now and then would have helped. As it is, Mann has chosen to pull out all the stops and give us a saga of grim and unrelieved suffering for too lengthy a time.
All of the performances are respectable enough--including EDDIE ALBERT and MARGO as a couple who try to help the alcohol addicted Roth back on her feet again after an attempt at suicide forces her to go to the AA clinic. And Hayward does well by the songs that Roth supposedly performed in nightclubs, using her own voice and gestures she undoubtedly picked up from Jane Froman, whose biography she also did on screen a bit earlier.
A toning down of the shrill melodramatics would have helped--but, nevertheless, this is a frank and disturbing portrait of a woman on the skids and Miss Hayward does her best to give a convincing portrait.
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