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The Helen Morgan Story (1957)

Torch singer Helen Morgan rises from sordid beginnings to fame and fortune only to lose it all to alcohol and poor personal choices.

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Russell Wade
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Whitey Krause
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Benny Weaver
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Sue
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Dorothy Green ...
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Johnny Haggerty
Warren Douglas ...
Mark Hellinger
Sammy White ...
Himself
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Jimmy McHugh ...
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Storyline

The 1920's and 30's career of singer Helen Morgan is followed from her early days singing outdoors in a carnival, through her speak-easy and chorus-girl days, to her stardom on Broadway in Ziegfeld's "Show Boat". Her involvement with Larry Maddux, a gin-runner and con-man, and Russell Wade, a prominent, married New York lawyer, and her decline thanks to these failed romances and alcohol are punctuated by performances of many of the songs she made famous. Written by Ron Kerrigan <mvg@whidbey.com>

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"Look, I watched you tonight. You couldn't take your eyes off me. That's why I'm here." See more »

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Biography | Drama | Music

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5 October 1957 (USA)  »

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2.35 : 1
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The last Warner Bros. release in CinemaScope. Warner largely abandoned 'Scope production over the next few years, the few 2.35:1 films they made being in Technirama (Sayonara, Auntie Mame, John Paul Jones, The Miracle), before Panavision took over from 1960. See more »

Goofs

When Larry robs the liquor warehouse, he pulls out a crate at the top of a stack. The crate directly beneath it partially pulls out under it, too, and it tilts down slightly. If the case was filled with full liquor bottles, as it supposedly would have been, it would have been too heavy to have moved in this way. See more »

Quotes

Larry Maddux: Do yourself a favor. Hire the kid.
Whitey Krause: I hope your hooch is better than your suggestion, Larry. What's the canary to you.
Larry Maddux: Nuthin'. I'm just a music lover. Besides, I don't go for that sad stuff she sings.
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Connections

Version of Playhouse 90: The Helen Morgan Story (1957) See more »

Soundtracks

Somebody Loves Me
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Music by George Gershwin
Lyrics by Ballard MacDonald and Buddy G. DeSylva
Performed by Ann Blyth (dubbed by Gogi Grant) at rehearsal
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Nice try, but lacking in heft
27 January 2016 | by (Boston, MA) – See all my reviews

The movie doesn't come up to the height of Love Me or Leave Me. The reviews of the day called it a soap opera and it has that feeling. Love Me or Leave had a better script and a better cast. The reason that Blyth was miscast is the same reason that they didn't use her voice (Gogi Grant dubbed over all the singing). Blyth doesn't have the emotional heft to match the torch-singing quality that is necessary for the part or necessary to match the dubbed singing by Gogi. A more powerful actress would have made the scenes with her and Newman much better. His acting ability stands out of course, but it is mostly wasted on this script. Who would have been perfect for this?...easy...Judy Garland. She may have looked to old for the part at this point...she didn't have the beauty of Blyth...who was a good singer in her own right...but not for this. Blyth looked like Morgan...and she was fantastic in Kismet...perfect. I had the pleasure of meeting her about 10 years ago and shared some coffee with her and her husband. She's a lovely lady. This movie is just lacking.


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