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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"Look, I watched you tonight. You couldn't take your eyes off me. That's why I'm here."
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Did You Know?
As with many other films made in the 1950's, this movie was preceded by a television episode of an anthology series. The original, live production of _"Playhouse 90: The Helen Morgan Story" (1957)_, starring Polly Bergen
, was presented on CBS TV five months before the release of the film version. Miss Bergen won that year's Emmy Award for Best Single Performance, Lead or Support, by an actress. See more
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
This town's ready. I'm ready to open it for you like an oyster.
Music by Jerome Kern
Lyrics by P.G. Wodehouse
and Oscar Hammerstein II
Performed by Ann Blyth
(dubbed by Gogi Grant
) at the Gold Spoon
Originally from the musical "Show Boat" See more