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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
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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 »
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 »
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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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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