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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Russell Wade
Whitey Krause
Benny Weaver
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 <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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Release Date:

5 October 1957 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Jazz Age  »

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(RCA Sound Recording)

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2.35 : 1
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Leonid Kinskey's final movie. 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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Version of Playhouse 90: The Helen Morgan Story (1957) See more »


Sweet Georgia Brown
Music by Maceo Pinkard and Ben Bernie
Lyrics by Kenneth Casey
Performed by Cara Williams and ensemble
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Big Story, small budget
23 December 2003 | by (Bremerton, WA) – See all my reviews

If for no other reason, the movie is memorable for the great vocals by Gogi Grant. It has its inconsistencies, such as Helen Morgan wears the same 5 inch stillettos throughout the movie. Were they even available in the 1930s? Go past that and this makes a great tearjerker, or a "rainy-day stay in the house and curl up on the couch" movie. Today, I'd say it would be reated PG-14.

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