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Interrupted Melody (1955)

Passed  |   |  Biography, Drama, Music  |  1 July 1955 (USA)
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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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Cast

Complete credited 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
Walter Baldwin ...
Jim Owens
Ann Codee ...
Mme. Gilly
Leopold Sachse ...
Himself
Stephen Bekassy ...
Comte Claude des Vignaux
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Storyline

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 <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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(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

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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References The Wizard of Oz (1939) See more »

Soundtracks

The Marine Hymn
(©1891) (uncredited)
Music based on a melody by Jacques Offenbach from his opera "Genevieve de Brabant" (1859)
Lyrics by unknown marine (ca 1874), Henry C. Davis (1911) and unknown others
Sung by Eleanor Parker (dubbed by Eileen Farrell)
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Parker and Ford were never better
27 July 1999 | by (Brooklyn NY) – See all my reviews

The film does a fine job with the crippling illness of Lawrence and her comeback onstage, but most notable are the performances by the stars. Glenn Ford and Eleanor Parker were never better. Just superb. The scene where she tried to commit suicide and Ford stopped her, broke down, and asked God for help is magnificent and a must-see. Ford and Parker should be well-remembered as excellent actors.


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