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Interrupted Melody (1955)

Passed | | Biography, Drama, Music | 1 July 1955 (USA)
The film chronicles Australian-born opera star Marjorie Lawrence's success, her battle with polio, and her eventual career comeback.

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Cast

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Dr. Thomas King
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Cyril Lawrence
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Bill Lawrence
Peter Leeds ...
Dr. Ed Ryson
Evelyn Ellis ...
Clara
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Jim Owens
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Mme. Gilly
Leopold Sachse ...
Himself
Stephen Bekassy ...
Comte Claude des Vignaux
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Storyline

Marjorie Lawrence crowds her life with excitement and achievement from the day she leaves her Australian home and goes to Paris to study voice. After a triumphal debut at the Paris Opera she becomes famous overnight, and her debut at the Met in New York establishes her as one of the great singers of her time. With all her dreams come true, tragedy strikes in the form of infantile paralysis and she faces a life of confinement to a wheelchair. Although she reaches the depths of despair, she manages through the love and devotion of her husband, Dr. Tom King (Glenn Ford), she begins to build a new career by singing to servicemen who, like herself, are confined to wheelchairs. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Biography | Drama | Music

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1 July 1955 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Melodia Interrompida  »

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Budget:

$2,367,000 (estimated)
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(Western Electric Sound System)

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(Eastman Color)

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2.55 : 1
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Trivia

Glenn Ford was at a lull in his career when he was offered the part of Dr. King. Even so he made it a condition that he receive top billing--which rightfully belonged to the film's' star Eleanor Parker--or he wouldn't do the part. Parker said she always cared more about the projects than the billing, but this is one time she regretted giving in because she very much wanted the credit as star of the picture. She also says that Ford shamelessly tried to upstage her at every chance by walking away from her, and the camera, forcing her to turn her back to the camera to interact with him. See more »

Goofs

When Marjorie 'Margie' Lawrence takes a same-day return trip by steam train from her merino sheep farm at Winchelsea to Geelong, she does so on Anzac Day. At 4 minutes 12 seconds, the sign says "Friday April 25". The first Anzac Day was on 25th April 1916. Friday 25th April 1924 is the only possible Friday Anzac Day. See more »

Quotes

Marjorie Lawrence: After her brother reprimands her for dating the doctor instead of the Count: "The trouble with you, Cyril is that my success is going to your head."
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Connections

Featured in 1955 Motion Picture Theatre Celebration (1955) See more »

Soundtracks

Over the Rainbow
(1939) (uncredited)
Music by Harold Arlen
Lyrics by E.Y. Harburg
Sung by Eleanor Parker (dubbed by Eileen Farrell)
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Moving biography of opera singer Marjorie Lawrence...Eleanor Parker in another excellent performance...
24 May 2001 | by (U.S.A.) – See all my reviews

Eleanor Parker is one of my favorite actresses from the '40s and '50s and does a marvelous job here, lip-synching to perfection various Wagnerian opera arias (as well as Puccini and Verdi). The storyline is somewhat similar to that of Jane Froman's career in that both were singers who, although paralyzed, continued with their singing careers and entertained servicemen as well. Glenn Ford lends solid support as the understanding, long-suffering husband who is always there when she needs his moral support. Roger Moore has a small role as her brother.

Everything moves smoothly under Curtis Bernhardt's direction. The opera segments are beautifully staged and filmed (in gorgeous technicolor, of course). Parker demonstrates her acting skills to the fullest and Eileen Farrell does a superb job on the vocal dubbing.

Well worth your time--inspirational and enjoyable even if you're not an opera lover. Filmed in wide screen technique, it loses something on video showings.


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