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Director:
Writers:
Helen Deutsch (screenplay) and
Jay Richard Kennedy (screenplay) ...
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Release Date:
25 December 1955 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
Filmed on location; inside a woman's soul. See more »
Plot:
Deprived of a normal childhood by her ambitious mother, Katie, Lillian Roth becomes a star of Broadway and Hollywood before she is twenty... See more » | Add synopsis »
Awards:
Won Oscar. Another 1 win & 5 nominations See more »
NewsDesk:
(4 articles)
The top 10 Oscars books | Peter Bradshaw
 (From The Guardian - Film News. 24 February 2011, 9:02 AM, PST)

Actors on Actors: "The Susan Hayward of it All"
 (From FilmExperience. 28 September 2010, 8:31 PM, PDT)

Hayward on My Mind.
 (From FilmExperience. 30 June 2010, 11:12 AM, PDT)

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Based on Lillian Roth's autobiography - Hayward owns this role See more (23 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Susan Hayward ... Lillian Roth

Richard Conte ... Tony Bardeman

Eddie Albert ... Burt McGuire

Jo Van Fleet ... Katie Roth
Don Taylor ... Wallie

Ray Danton ... David Tredman
Margo ... Selma

Virginia Gregg ... Ellen

Don 'Red' Barry ... Jerry (as Don Barry)
David Kasday ... David as a Child
Carole Ann Campbell ... Lillian as a Child
Peter Leeds ... Richard
Tol Avery ... Fat Man
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Mary Bear ... Wife (uncredited)
Larry J. Blake ... AA Member (uncredited)

Nesdon Booth ... Pawnbroker (uncredited)
Veda Ann Borg ... Waitress (uncredited)
Peter Brocco ... Doctor (uncredited)
Henry Brock ... Stagehand (uncredited)
Budd Buster ... Streetcar Switchman (uncredited)

Timothy Carey ... Derelict (uncredited)
Harry Cody ... Stagehand (uncredited)
Lucille Curtis ... Stage Mother (uncredited)
Jack Daly ... Cab Driver (uncredited)
Robert Dix ... Henry (uncredited)
Joe Duval ... Bartender (uncredited)

Ralph Edwards ... Ralph Edwards (uncredited)
Kay English ... Dress Designer (uncredited)
Stanley Farrar ... Movie Director (uncredited)
Jerrilyn Flannery ... Bit Role (uncredited)
Bess Flowers ... Nightclub Patron (uncredited)
Joel Fluellen ... The Porter (uncredited)
Gail Ganley ... Lillian Roth - Age 15 (uncredited)
Jack Gargan ... Restaurant Cashier (uncredited)
Sam Harris ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Elizabeth Holmes ... Stage Mother (uncredited)
Bob Hopkins ... MC (uncredited)
Sonny Howe ... Acrobatic Dancer (uncredited)
Anthony Jochim ... Paul - Butler (uncredited)
Kenner G. Kemp ... Alcoholics Anonymous Patient (uncredited)
Marc Krah ... Barfly (uncredited)
Frank Kreig ... Bar Patron (uncredited)
Henry Kulky ... Barfly (uncredited)
Eddie Lee ... Chinese Grocer (uncredited)
George Lloyd ... Studio Messenger (uncredited)
Alyn Lockwood ... Stage Mother (uncredited)
Herbert Lytton ... Streetcar Conductor (uncredited)
Nora Marlowe ... Nurse (uncredited)
Alphonse Martell ... Nightclub Waiter (uncredited)
Eve McVeagh ... Ethel (uncredited)
Cheerio Meredith ... Elderly Lady (uncredited)
Frank Mills ... Dock Worker (uncredited)
Jimmy Ogg ... Usher (uncredited)
Kenneth Patterson ... Audition Director (uncredited)
George Pembroke ... Husband (uncredited)
Voltaire Perkins ... Mr. Byrd - Movie Producer (uncredited)
Florence Ravenel ... Stage Mother (uncredited)
Vernon Rich ... Club Manager (uncredited)
Jeffrey Sayre ... Man in TV Audience (uncredited)

George Selk ... Switchman (uncredited)
Robert R. Stephenson ... Bartender (uncredited)
Ruth Storey ... Marge Belney (uncredited)
Charles Tannen ... Audition Stage Manager (uncredited)
Bill Walker ... Porter (uncredited)
Harlan Warde ... Stage Manager (uncredited)
Guy Wilkerson ... Barfly (uncredited)
Robert Williams ... Stagehand (uncredited)
Bernadette Withers ... Bit Role (uncredited)
Jeane Wood ... Stage Mother (uncredited)

Directed by
Daniel Mann 
 
Writing credits
Helen Deutsch (screenplay) and
Jay Richard Kennedy (screenplay)

Lillian Roth (book "I'll Cry Tomorrow") and
Mike Connolly (book "I'll Cry Tomorrow") and
Gerold Frank (book "I'll Cry Tomorrow")

Produced by
Lawrence Weingarten .... producer
 
Original Music by
Alex North 
 
Cinematography by
Arthur E. Arling (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Harold F. Kress 
 
Art Direction by
Malcolm Brown 
Cedric Gibbons 
 
Set Decoration by
Hugh Hunt 
Edwin B. Willis 
 
Costume Design by
Helen Rose 
 
Makeup Department
Sydney Guilaroff .... hair stylist
William Tuttle .... makeup creator
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Al Jennings .... assistant director
 
Sound Department
Wesley C. Miller .... recording supervisor (as Dr. Wesley C. Miller)
 
Special Effects by
Warren Newcombe .... special effects
 
Music Department
Johnny Green .... music supervisor
Alex Alexander .... musician: cello (uncredited)
Jeff Alexander .... choral director (uncredited)
Maurice De Packh .... orchestrator: Alex North (uncredited)
Johnny Green .... conductor (uncredited)
Virginia Majewski .... musician: viola (uncredited)
Jack Marshall .... musician: guitar (uncredited)
Max Rabinowitz .... musician: piano (uncredited)
Uan Rasey .... musician: trumpet (uncredited)
Milton Raskin .... musician: piano (uncredited)
Robert Tucker .... vocal coach (uncredited)
Si Zentner .... musician: trombone (uncredited)
 
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Runtime:
117 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Sound System)
Certification:
Australia:PG | Canada:PA (Ontario) | Canada:14A (video rating) | Finland:K-16 | Sweden:15 | USA:Passed (National Board of Review) | USA:Approved (certificate #17685)

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Trivia:
In her second autobiography published in 1958, "Beyond My Worth," Lillian Roth noted that although her mother Katie spoke with a Boston accent, Jo Van Fleet portrayed Katie as sounding ethnically Eastern European Jewish.See more »
Goofs:
Anachronisms: 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 »
Quotes:
Lillian Roth:What I'm doing now is 'wrong'... and I'm *doing* it!See more »
Movie Connections:
Soundtrack:
The Vagabond King WaltzSee more »

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8 out of 10 people found the following review useful.
Based on Lillian Roth's autobiography - Hayward owns this role, 21 January 2009
Author: NCarolinaGirl from Greensboro, NC

I was shocked to learn that this was based on a true story about a singer/actress named Lillian Roth that was at her peak in the 1930's. That was well before my time, so no wonder I never heard of her. What a sad, tragic tale of alcoholism and the destruction it wrought in this woman's life. Add to that a driven stage mom who was pimping her and her sister out for entertainment - she first appeared on Broadway at the age of six. It's one thing when a child seeks out performing - but another when a parent pushes them.

I looked up photos of Lillian and she was a beautiful, vivacious looking woman in her youth. I didn't see any photos of her later in life - no telling what alcoholism did to her youth and beauty.

Hayward does an amazing job bringing this tragic tale to life. You feel every bit of her painful and tortured life. At first I thought this would be a typical 50's melodramatic soap opera tale. But it goes much deeper into a strong character study of this unfortunate woman's life and the leeches that attached themselves to her. I have not seen many of Hayward's performances but this undoubtedly has to be one of her finest. I was also impressed that Hayward did her own singing in this and did a good job of imitating Roth's deep vocal ranges and theatrical style. I listened to some of Roth's tunes on iTunes and was impressed with the similarity. However, if Roth were on American Idol today, Simon would slam her for being "over-the-top", too theatrical, and "over-singing". But that was the style back then.

My only criticism is that I'm not sure they went for realism in the retelling of the tale. It looks to be set more in the modern time is was filmed (1950's) rather than 30's and 40's when most of the events took place. Also, they kept Hayward's hair red rather than dark brown like Lillian's. Other than that, it was a very good film.

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