The Helen Morgan Story (1957)

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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Russell Wade
Gene Evans ...
Whitey Krause
Benny Weaver
Virginia Vincent ...
Walter Woolf King ...
Dorothy Green ...
Mrs. Wade
Johnny Haggerty
Warren Douglas ...
Mark Hellinger
Sammy White ...
The De Castro Sisters ...
Jimmy McHugh ...


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 <>

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Release Date:

5 October 1957 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

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2.35 : 1
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Although Ann Blyth had done her own singing in her other movie musicals, her trained soprano voice was judged too operatic for the role of Helen Morgan, and pop singer Gogi Grant's voice was dubbed in. Ironically, the real Helen Morgan's light soprano voice was actually closer to Blyth's in quality than it was to Grant's. Ann Blyth revealed to writer-producer John Fricke that studio head Jack L. Warner had insisted on an intense, belting, Judy Garland-type sound for the film's Morgan. See more »


In real life, Helen Morgan married three times. In the film, she never marries. See more »


Larry Maddux: This town's ready. I'm ready to open it for you like an oyster.
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Referenced in Valley of the Dolls (1967) See more »


The Man I Love
Music by George Gershwin
Lyrics by Ira Gershwin
Performed by Ann Blyth (dubbed by Gogi Grant) at the uptown speakeasy
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Newman plays the cad
14 December 2004 | by See all my reviews

Since I was born decades after this film was made and this film was made about the period of Helen Morgan's life decades before 1957, I wasn't sure I would be able to appreciate it as much as perhaps it deserved to be. Actually I found it to be somewhat timeless in its depiction of the eternal quest for fame and fortune and the pitfalls that occur along the way. Even in today's headlines we see talented performers who achieve fame and fortune only to stumble due to relationship difficulties, substance abuse and shady characters in their entourage. Although I am not familiar with the real Helen Morgan, Ann Blyth does a credible job in portraying how stardom doesn't always lead to happiness and Paul Newman is very good as an opportunist with a conscience.

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