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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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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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5 October 1957 (USA)  »

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Patti Page relates in her new book that she had tested for the title role of Helen Morgan wearing a dark wig before they cast Ann Blyth. See more »

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In real life, Helen Morgan married three times. In the film, she never marries. See more »

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Larry Maddux: This town's ready. I'm ready to open it for you like an oyster.
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Spoofed in The Carol Burnett Show: Episode #2.21 (1969) See more »

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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"
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Nice try, but lacking in heft
27 January 2016 | by (Boston, MA) – See all my reviews

The movie doesn't come up to the height of Love Me or Leave Me. The reviews of the day called it a soap opera and it has that feeling. Love Me or Leave had a better script and a better cast. The reason that Blyth was miscast is the same reason that they didn't use her voice (Gogi Grant dubbed over all the singing). Blyth doesn't have the emotional heft to match the torch-singing quality that is necessary for the part or necessary to match the dubbed singing by Gogi. A more powerful actress would have made the scenes with her and Newman much better. His acting ability stands out of course, but it is mostly wasted on this script. Who would have been perfect for this?...easy...Judy Garland. She may have looked to old for the part at this point...she didn't have the beauty of Blyth...who was a good singer in her own right...but not for this. Blyth looked like Morgan...and she was fantastic in Kismet...perfect. I had the pleasure of meeting her about 10 years ago and shared some coffee with her and her husband. She's a lovely lady. This movie is just lacking.


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