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
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Her Real Story From Real Life!
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This was Warner Bros. only feature in black-and-white CinemaScope. See more
Paul Newman's character, Larry Maddux, repeatedly refers to Florenz Ziegfeld as "Ziegfield." All the other characters say Ziegfeld's name correctly. See more
Do yourself a favor. Hire the kid.
I hope your hooch is better than your suggestion, Larry. What's the canary to you.
Nuthin'. I'm just a music lover. Besides, I don't go for that sad stuff she sings.
Referenced in Valley of the Dolls
I Want to Be Happy
Music by Vincent Youmans
Lyrics by Irving Caesar
Performed by a vocal group at the after-show party See more