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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 ...
Mrs. Wade
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Johnny Haggerty
Warren Douglas ...
Mark Hellinger
Sammy White ...
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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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HELEN MORGAN - her songs...her sins. They called her the Goddess of the Jazz Age...He was the twisted brutish Larry, with the roar of the '20s in his shoulder holsters... See more »

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5 October 1957 (USA)  »

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2.35 : 1
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Leonid Kinskey's final movie. 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: This town's ready. I'm ready to open it for you like an oyster.
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Connections

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

Soundtracks

Are You from Dixie? ('Cause I'm from Dixie, Too!)
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Music by George L. Cobb
Played when the bartender asks Helen for her preference
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Some Like It Not
24 April 2004 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

It's all there, professional hardware and expertise, up on the

cinemascope screen - but for two oddities: the lead roles.

Newman and Blyth look good (she even looks like Debbie's older

sister as seen in Singin In the Rain) and Newman at 30 is about at

handsome as the 50s screen ever was........but they are both light

for grim roles. Doris Day pulled it off in Love Me Or Leave Me and

Cagney was the full gargoyle as Marty the Gimp which is probably

what the Larry role Needed from Newman...but he was really too

pretty. Looking alot like how Some Like It Hot turned out, it looks

like it wants to be a comedy....which it probably now almost is.

Anne Blyth is Minnie Mouse, I think and that is what doesn't help.

And where's Joan Blondell when WB need her......and I bet Richard

Carlson kissed Michael Curtiz feet in gratitude for the high profile

role here after all those D grade schlockers he had prior. He even

had his name in lights in the fabulous credits. This is alot like the

1933 CASE OF THE LUCKY LEGS without the laughs. This film is

so well made, but it doesn't work, whereas other bios from the

same period are dynamic. Like for Doris Day and Susan Hayward.


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