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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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Complete credited cast:
Bill Lawrence
Peter Leeds ...
Dr. Ed Ryson
Evelyn Ellis ...
Jim Owens
Mme. Gilly
Leopold Sachse ...
Leopold Sachse
Stephen Bekassy ...
Comte Claude des Vignaux


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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Release Date:

1 July 1955 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Melodia Interrompida  »


Box Office


$2,367,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Sound System)


(Eastman Color)

Aspect Ratio:

2.55 : 1
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Did You Know?


The contract of Glenn Ford made it a condition that he receive top billing, which rightfully belonged to Eleanor Parker.Parker claimed she always cared more about the projects, than the billing, but this is one time she she very much wanted the credit as star of the picture. Parker's bitterness was no doubt a factor in her later claiming that 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 »


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


La bohème
(1896) (uncredited)
Music by Giacomo Puccini
Libretto by Giuseppe Giacosa and Luigi Illica
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They don't make beautiful films like this anymore
1 September 2006 | by See all my reviews

This film will always have a great significance to me because it introduced me to the beauty of opera. Marjorie Lawrence was a major soprano with the Metropolitan Opera, and her career was cut short by polio while she was still in her vocal prime. Her story is told with great sensitivity and warmth. The operatic scenes are done to perfection, with the superb soprano Eileen Farrell doing the vocals. Eleanor Parker is seen here in what must be her greatest work as an actress. Parker was a great, if somewhat under-appreciated actress, and she was a beautiful woman. Of course, it is she who dominates the movie. Glenn Ford provides excellent support as her doctor husband who guides her back to her career. When this film was released, I was ten years old, and kept going back again and again to see it over and over. I loved the music, loved the story, and will forever be indebted to it for having introduced me to the beauty of grand opera. If I had to choose a film as the most important of my life, it would have to be this one.

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