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Jeanne Eagels (1957)

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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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 »

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 »

Quotes

Jeanne Eagels: [into the ear of her passed-out husband] He said 'Happy New Year'!
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Soundtracks

I'll Take Romance
Music by Ben Oakland
Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II
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Another actress learns that Broadway doesn't go for booze and dope...
13 August 2008 | by (las vegas, nv) – See all my reviews

Young waitress from Kansas City in the early 1920s hitches up with a traveling carnival with the fervent, starry-eyed hope of breaking into show business; once in New York City, she gets herself a drama coach and lands a plum part in a Broadway show after the original actress falls ill. Fabrication of real-life Broadway and silent movie starlet Jeanne Eagels is useless as a biography but rather entertaining as a backstage melodrama. Kim Novak is uneven in the lead, mercurial and brittle (and occasionally quite amusing when lapsing into a haughty European accent once she finds fame and fortune), however the part is a pretty good fit for Kim and she fills the bill. Jeff Chandler (as a fictitious lifelong beau) and Agnes Moorehead (as the drama coach who suddenly morphs into Jeanne's best friend and nursemaid) are both solid, as is Charles Drake as an ex-football player who marries Jeanne apparently for her money (yet seems to love her and puts up with her). Drake also played a role in "Valley of the Dolls", which mirrors this film in several ways (there's even one character called "Neely" and another named "O'Hara"!). Producer-director George Sidney takes great care in setting up this story, which is snappy and brash and looks fantastic in black-and-white. Not everyone will go for the picture's mix of hard-shelled pathos, booze-soaked blackouts and rags-to-riches clichés, yet the film manages to capture the excitement of stage life quite vividly. **1/2 from ****


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