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?
This movie was originally planned for Doris Day
to star in. This is one of the few planned projects that Day vehemently refused to play. She did not feel she wished to portray the sordid aspects of Helen Morgan and it would be totally different from her screen image. 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
It's tough to be a good guy and a cop at the same time.
Referenced in Valley of the Dolls
Silent Night, Holy Night
Music by Franz Gruber
Lyrics by Joseph Mohr
Performed by Ann Blyth
(dubbed by Gogi Grant
) at the Klingman Agency See more