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Smash-Up: The Story of a Woman (1947)

Approved | | Drama, Film-Noir, Music | March 1947 (USA)
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A successful nightclub singer weds a struggling songwriter, but when his fame eclipses hers, she delves into alcoholism.

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Stuart Heisler

Writers:

John Howard Lawson (screenplay), Lionel Wiggam (additional dialogue) | 2 more credits »
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Nominated for 2 Oscars. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Susan Hayward ... Angelica 'Angie' 'Angel' Evans Conway
Lee Bowman ... Ken Conway
Marsha Hunt ... Martha Gray, Elliott's Secretary
Eddie Albert ... Steve Nelson
Carl Esmond ... Dr. Lorenz
Carleton G. Young ... Fred Elliott
Charles D. Brown Charles D. Brown ... Michael 'Mike' Dawson
Janet Murdoch Janet Murdoch ... Miss Kirk, Baby Angelica's Nanny
Sharyn Payne Sharyn Payne ... Angelica 'Angel' Conway
Robert Shayne ... Mr. Gordon
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Storyline

Angie Evans, fast-rising nightclub singer, interrupts her career to marry struggling songwriter Ken Conway. When Ken lucks into a career as chart-topping radio crooner, Angie is forced into idle luxury which proves her downfall. Her potential alcoholism burgeons and Ken remains clueless concerning his responsibility for her problems. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

March 1947 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Smash-Up See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,360,286 (estimated)
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Production Co:

Walter Wanger Productions See more »
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Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

According to Marsha Hunt in a November 1989 article for Films in Review, "I had a big fight onscreen with Susan Hayward in a powder room, and we went right at it... no retakes. The bruises were showing. It was a hard movie to make. Miss Susan Hayward never talked to her co-workers when waiting for a take. She took no interest in the rest of us. It was extremely strange -- as if we did not exist." See more »

Quotes

Angelica 'Angie' 'Angel' Evans Conway: I read someplace from the Chinese or the Egyptians or somebody. It said these are the three worst things: to lie in bed and sleep not; to wait for one who comes not; to try to please and please not. They all fit me, don't they?
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Featured in Fear Stalk (1989) See more »

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Hushabye Island
(1947)
(Published as "Hush-a-bye Island")
Music by Jimmy McHugh
Lyrics Harold Adamson
Sung at home by Lee Bowman (uncredited) (dubbed by Hal Derwin) (uncredited)
Sung by Susan Hayward (uncredited) (dubbed by Peg La Centra (uncredited)) to her baby twice
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Susan Hayward Is Superb
11 December 2007 | by AndersonWhitbeckSee all my reviews

Susan Hayward free of her Paramount contract where she saw Claudette Colbert, Veronica Lake and Paulette Goddard get most of the great roles at Paramount while she was under contract found a true mentor in Walter Wanger who produced this fine film.

At the time of this film, Susan Hayward was just cracking the superstar position she would hold for the next 20 years. "Smash Up" is as fine a piece of acting Ms Hayward ever gave, and richly deserved her Oscar nomination. Loretta Young, that years surprise winner for "The Farmers Daughter" said years later that she had herself voted for Susan Hayward and not Her own performance or that of the favorite and Loretta's best friend Roz Russell. Susan Hayward justly could have won Three Oscars: "Smash Up", "I'll Cry Tomorrow" and of course "I Want To Live" when she finally did win her Oscar to thunderous applause and a curtain call she thanked "Walter Wanger without whom none of this ( her career) would have been possible" Great Hayward won the Oscar at least once. Wanger's famous reply was "Thank Goodness We Can All Relax...Susie's won the Oscar she has been chasing for 20 years"

Susan Hayward --had a standard bag of acting tricks Hayward used..but in this film Susan Hayward eschews most of them. A fine piece of acting by a great Actress and fondly remembered true and great Movie Star.


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