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Jeanne Eagels (1957)

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The life of 1920s actress Jeanne Eagels.

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A poor but beautiful girl named Jeanne takes part in a beauty contest but fails to be crowned its queen. Nevertheless both her determination and her shapely figure impress Sal Satori, the organizer, so much that he gives her a job as a carnival dancer. He becomes her friend and, before long, her great love. However, being a hootchie-kootchie dancer is not Jeanne's dream: she wants to be an actress. That is why Jeanne takes advantage of the Satori company being in New York to consult a renowned drama teacher, Mrs. Neilson. The latter thinks she CAN act and she is proved right since the audience of the first play Jeanne is in responds favorably. But Jeanne will only feel wholly satisfied when she acquires star status. She soon obtains the part which will lead her to stardom by stealing it from Elsie Desmond, an aging actress who planned a comeback through it. In desperation, Elsie commits suicide. Although feeling somewhat guilty, Jeanne openly relishes her triumph, which upsets her ... Written by Guy Bellinger

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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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George Sidney's Jeanne Eagels  »

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As with most film biographies, this film is more screenwriter's fancy than fact. Among other things, Jeanne Eagels was never a carnival dancer and was never known to have been the cause of another performer's suicide. Further, the character of Sal Satori was a fictional compilation character based upon several men in her life. See more »

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During a carnival scene at Coney Island, the music in the background is The Victory Polka which was written by Jule Styne and Sammy Cahn during World War II and not yet written for a film set in the Roaring Twenties. See more »

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Jeanne Eagels: Maybe I come from nowhere, but I'm *going* somewhere!
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Over the Waves
(uncredited)
Music by Juventino Rosas
Arranged by Mischa Bakaleinikoff
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Jeanne Eagels
5 November 2005 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

Jeanne Eagels was one of the best movies Kim Novak made. The chemistry between Jeff Chandler and herself was superb, storyline was excellent and the final falling star scene at the conclusion of this movie was tastefully done. Surprised a remake has not been attempted since this movie premeiered in 1957. Unfortunately this film was soon forgotten, and I have rarely seen any re-runs of it on television, which is a shame. Agnes Moorhead as usual was superb in her role along with Charles Drake. Comments have been made about Jeff Chandler being miscast in his role, but in my opion he diversified well in his role, considering how many other roles he attempted, this role was similar to the one he played in Stranger In My Arms with June Allyson.


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