The life of 1920s actress Jeanne Eagels.

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A largely fictionalized account of the career of actress Jeanne Eagels, whose fame was both on stage and on the screen in the 1910s and 1920s, is presented. After losing in a rigged carnival beauty pageant, winning which she believed would be her first step to becoming a serious actress, Jeanne joins the traveling carnival itself under the guidance of the pageant organizer, Sal Satori, who features her in a variety of carnival stage shows. But it's when the carnival approaches New York City that Jeanne demonstrates how she truly mapped out her road to acting fame even before meeting Sal. Under the tutelage of renowned acting coach Nellie Neilson, Jeanne, who does possess true acting talent, is given her big acting break and does achieve fame on the Broadway stage, and ultimately also in Hollywood films. Jeanne is not averse to doing whatever is required to advance her career, even at the expense of others. Achieving fame so quickly takes its toll on Jeanne, who turns to alcohol and ... Written by Huggo

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TOO MANY SINS TO FORGET! (original print ad - all caps)


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2 August 1957 (USA)  »

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Final film of Dorothy Vernon. See more »

Goofs

The song that Jeanne (Kim Novak) sings in her "last movie" "Forever Young", "I'll Take Romance" was written in 1937, eight years after Eagels death. The song appears in the 1937 film with the same name. See more »

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Sal Satori: You don't just step on a person's neck!
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I'll Take Romance
Music by Ben Oakland
Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II
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Kim Novak at her "campy" best
27 October 2001 | by (Deltona, Florida) – See all my reviews

OK....so this is not a classic film depicting the life of Jeanne Eagels however it has it's moments. First of all Kim Novak was a hot property at the time and she is gorgeous and oh so camp as Miss Eagels. Also captured in the film is the flavor of the era and the costumes are dazzling especially the one Novak wears as Princess Dardanella at a carnival where she gets busted by the police. The ultimate is when she prances on stage as Sadie Thompson in "Rain" to the tune of "Wabash Blues"....its actually a treat. Miss Novak is supported by a good cast including Jeff Chandler, Agnes Moorehead, Charles Drake, Murray Hamilton and especially Virginia Grey as has-been Elsie Desmond (one of Miss Grey's personal favorite roles).


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