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I'll Cry Tomorrow (1955)

Passed  |   |  Biography, Drama, Music  |  25 December 1955 (USA)
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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 ... See full summary »

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Tony Bardeman
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Katie Roth
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David Tredman
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Selma
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Ellen
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Jerry (as Don Barry)
David Kasday ...
David as a Child
Carole Ann Campbell ...
Lillian as a Child
Peter Leeds ...
Richard
Tol Avery ...
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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 Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Filmed on location; inside a woman's soul. See more »

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25 December 1955 (USA)  »

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Und morgen werd' ich weinen  »

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MGM had hired vocalist Sandy Ellis to sing for Susan Hayward, but after listening to Miss Hayward's rehearsal tracks, the movie's creative team chose instead to use her own singing voice, which had been dubbed earlier by Peg La Centra in Smash-Up: The Story of a Woman (1947), then by Jane Froman in With a Song in My Heart (1952), and later would be dubbed by Margaret Whiting in Valley of the Dolls (1967). Initially, Miss Ellis had prerecorded two standards: "When the Red, Red Robin Comes Bob, Bob, Bobbin' Along" (music and lyrics by Harry M. Woods) and "Happiness Is a Thing Called Joe" (music by Harold Arlen, music by E.Y. Harburg). Both Ellis tracks plus all the Hayward vocals are featured on the complete soundtrack CD issued by Film Score Monthly in 2004. See more »

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Although most of the film takes place in the 1920s and 1930s, the clothes, hairstyles, and musical arrangements are strictly in the much different style of the mid-1950s. See more »

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Lillian Roth: What I'm doing now is 'wrong'... and I'm *doing* it!
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Happiness Is a Thing Called Joe
Music by Harold Arlen (uncredited)
Lyrics by E.Y. Harburg (uncredited)
Sung by Susan Hayward (as Miss Hayward)
Arranged and conducted by Charles Henderson (uncredited)
Brief reprise in a medley montage by Susan Hayward (vocal) and Eddie Albert (piano)
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Fascinating but overwrought performances...
14 June 2006 | by (U.S.A.) – See all my reviews

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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