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!
Did You Know?
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
This town's ready. I'm ready to open it for you like an oyster.
Referenced in Valley of the Dolls
The Man I Love
Music by George Gershwin
Lyrics by Ira Gershwin
Performed by Ann Blyth
(dubbed by Gogi Grant
) at the uptown speakeasy See more