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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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Marjorie Lawrence
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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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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)  »

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Melodia Interrompida  »

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$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

Lana Turner was originally slated for the role of Marjorie Lawrence. See more »

Goofs

After Marjorie sings "Annie Laurie" and she wheels herself into the kitchen and she suggests a concert tour, right as she and Dr. King are embracing . See more »

Quotes

Marjorie Lawrence: [drinking champagne] Tonight I love the whole world and I want them to know it.
Dr. Thomas King: And tomorrow you'll have a monumental hangover.
Marjorie Lawrence: That's the advantage of going out with doctors.
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Connections

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

Soundtracks

II Trovatore
(1853) (uncredited)
Music by Giuseppe Verdi
Libretto by Salvatore Cammarano
First act final Performed by Eleanor Parker (dubbed by Eileen Farrell) and Gilbert Russell
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Beautiful Melody, Beautifully Done!
4 January 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Eleanor Parker's third Oscar nomination came in 1955 for a musical, an opera, "Interrupted Melody." The film is based on the life of opera singer Marjorie Lawrence who, at the height of her career, was stricken with infantile paralysis while in Mexico to perform.

The lovely film begins in Australia, birthplace of Lawrence. Against the wishes of her father, she auditions in a contest and wins.

We see a variety of operas. Though she did not sing, Parker is excellent in emulating the voice of an outstanding Eileen Farrell, who sang for her. Ms. Farrell, who died several years ago, performed at the Met as did Marjorie Lawrence. Her beautiful voice is a further tribute to this excellent biography.

The film chronicles the successes of Lawrence, her tours, her father's sudden death(Cecil Kellaway in an interesting but all too brief performance.)

The film introduced a young Roger Moore as Cecil, her brother, who feels deep guilt for having his sister go to Mexico.

Along the way, she meets her husband-to-be, a doctor, played very well by Glenn Ford.

The second part of the film depicts Lawrence's struggle against the disease. Her despair, her attempted suicide and her rejuvenation are shown. Lawrence comes back to the Met to sing and amazes all by standing up after her performance.

The film will leave us with those beautiful operas and a positive outlook on life despite such adversity. ****.


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