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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No star ever climbed higher...or fell lower!
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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
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.
Sweet Georgia Brown
Music by Maceo Pinkard
and Ben Bernie
Lyrics by Kenneth Casey
Performed by Cara Williams
and ensemble See more