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Interrupted Melody (1955)

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The film chronicles Australian-born opera star Marjorie Lawrence's success, her battle with polio, and her eventual career comeback.


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Complete credited cast:
Dr. Thomas King
Marjorie Lawrence
Cyril Lawrence
Bill Lawrence
Peter Leeds ...
Dr. Ed Ryson
Evelyn Ellis ...
Walter Baldwin ...
Jim Owens
Ann Codee ...
Mme. Gilly
Leopold Sachse ...
Stephen Bekassy ...
Comte Claude des Vignaux


Marjorie Lawrence (Eleanor Parker) 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 wheel chair. 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 wheel chairs. Written by Les Adams <>

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Release Date:

1 July 1955 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Melodia Interrompida  »

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Sound System)


(Eastman Color)

Aspect Ratio:

2.55 : 1
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Kathryn Grayson was originally intended for the role of Marjorie Lawrence. See more »


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 »


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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References The Wizard of Oz (1939) See more »


Samson and Delilah
(1877) (uncredited)
Music by Camille Saint-Saëns
Libretto by Ferdinand Lemaire
Aria "Mon coeur s'ouvre à ta voix" Sung by Eleanor Parker (dubbed by Eileen Farrell) with Joseph Gaudio
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Comment from a relative of Marjorie Lawrence
3 August 2006 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

I am a great-niece of Marjorie Lawrence. It's a very sad fact that Marjorie is best known outside of Australia. However, she was recently honored as one of 100 Australian Entertainers of the Century. It's also a bit of a shame that this movie is a Hollywood producer's interpretation of an American publisher's version of my Great-Aunt's life. The real family story is actually much more interesting. Auntie Marj never smoked a cigarette in her life - but it seems everyone smoked in the movies of the 50s. My mother and my aunt attended the world premiere here in Melbourne. I remember meeting Auntie Marj as a child in the 70s.

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