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Humoresque (1946)

Approved | | Drama, Music, Romance | 25 January 1947 (USA)
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A classical musician from the slums is sidetracked by his love for a wealthy, neurotic socialite.

Director:

Jean Negulesco

Writers:

Clifford Odets (screenplay), Zachary Gold (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Joan Crawford ... Helen Wright
John Garfield ... Paul Boray
Oscar Levant ... Sid Jeffers
J. Carrol Naish ... Rudy Boray
Joan Chandler ... Gina
Tom D'Andrea ... Phil Boray
Peggy Knudsen ... Florence Boray
Ruth Nelson ... Esther Boray
Craig Stevens ... Monte Loeffler
Paul Cavanagh ... Victor Wright
Richard Gaines ... Frederick Bauer
John Abbott ... Rozner
Robert Blake ... Paul Boray as a Child (as Bobby Blake)
Tommy Cook ... Phil Boray as a Child
Don McGuire ... Eddie
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Storyline

Paul Boray comes from a working class background. He has been interested in the violin since he was a child, which his father disliked since he felt it a waste of money, but which his mother supported. Into his adult life, Paul wants to become a concert violinist, and although he shows talent, he does not have the right connections to make it into the concert performance world, much like his longtime friend, virtuoso pianist Sid Jeffers, and cellist Gina, both who, like Paul, train with the National Institute Orchestra. Gina and Paul have a connection with each other, Gina who confesses her love for him. While performing at a party with Sid, Paul meets Helen and Victor Wright, their hosts. Victor is a perceptive but self-admittedly weak man, while his wife Helen is strong minded but insecure which manifests itself as neurosis. She constantly tries to forget about her unhappy life by excessive alcohol consumption. Helen becomes Paul's benefactress, which ultimately results in a ... Written by Huggo

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A Beautiful Woman Is Most Dangerous When She's In Love! See more »

Genres:

Drama | Music | Romance

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 January 1947 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

De amor también se muere See more »

Filming Locations:

Malibu, California, USA See more »

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Budget:

$2,164,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

In the brief horseriding scene, neither of the two actors was ever actually in the saddle: they were clearly filmed against a back-projection screen, or their characters were distant, unidentifiable figures, and Crawford's fall from her horse was done by a stunt double (as would have been the case for the initial "distance" shots of the two riders), which is clearly visible in a HD freeze frame. A studio would never have risked injuring one of its stars when there would have been no need for it. Joan Crawford's saying that she "had to repeat the fall from her horse" had obviously been made up for publicity reasons. See more »

Goofs

In the scene where Paul Boray is practicing on stage in his shirt sleeves, you can see the top of the head of a man crouched down behind him. This has to be one of the violinists who did the playing for John Garfield by reaching around him. See more »

Quotes

Helen Wright: Me? There's nothing very strange about me. I was married twice before - once at sixteen, once at twenty-one. One was a crybaby and the other was a caveman. Between the two of them I said goodbye to girlhood.
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Crazy Credits

The opening credits are presented on the turning pages of the sheet music for the composition "Humoresque". See more »

Connections

Featured in Hollywoodism: Jews, Movies and the American Dream (1998) See more »

Soundtracks

Humoresque, Op. 101 No. 7, in G-flat major
(uncredited)
Written by Antonín Dvorák
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Great Classic Film
26 March 2008 | by whpratt1See all my reviews

Joan Crawford, (Helen Wright) plays the role of a very rich woman who is married and loves to entertain all kinds of actors, and musicians and she happens to meet a violin player named Paul Boray,(John Garfield). Paul came from a medium income family and his father, Rudy Boray, (J.Carrol Naish) is a Deli owner in New York City and finds that his son wants to play the violin. Helen Wright decides to introduce Paul into a world of famous musicians and agents who are very impressed by Paul's outstanding talent and he begins to climb up the ladder of success in the world of concert music. Helen is a rather wild woman who loves to drink and is involved with quite a few men, however, she falls madly in love with Paul and finally gets a divorce in order to marry Paul. This story has a very strange ending and you will never guess just how it really ends.


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