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Something to Live For (1952)

Approved | | Drama | 7 March 1952 (USA)
An actress becomes an alcoholic after being jilted. She is aided by an Alcoholics Anonymous member with whom she has an affair; however, he is married.

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George Stevens

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Dwight Taylor
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Complete credited cast:
Joan Fontaine ... Jenny Carey
Ray Milland ... Alan Miller
Teresa Wright ... Edna Miller
Richard Derr ... Tony Collins
Douglas Dick ... Baker
Herbert Heyes ... J.B. Crawley
Harry Bellaver ... Billy, Elevator Operator
Paul Valentine ... Albert Forest
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An actress becomes an alcoholic after being jilted. She is aided by an Alcoholics Anonymous member with whom she has an affair; however, he is married.

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7 March 1952 (USA) See more »

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Mr. & Mrs. Anonymous See more »

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1.37 : 1
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Each of the three leads also collaborated with Alfred Hitchcock. Ray Milland starred in Dial M for Murder (1954), Joan Fontaine starred in Rebecca (1940) and Suspicion (1941) and Teresa Wright starred in Shadow of a Doubt (1943). See more »

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Not a bad film, but quite sad really.
14 March 2014 | by mamalvSee all my reviews

The movie centers around Milland and Fontaine two alcoholics on the verge of a co-dependent romance. Milland is sober and is trying to help Fontaine, an actress, stop drinking. He is married to Teresa Wright, and has a couple of kids, but none the less finds himself drawn to Fontaine. He finds he is just as needy as her and falls in love, despite the fact that his wife is pregnant. The romance is doomed from the start. In the end Wright and Milland are still together, he realizing that the love for the other woman is not real love, but dependency. I do not see the spark between Ray and Joan. I think another pairing might have been more real. This reminds me a bit of A Life of Her Own, with he and Lana Turner as the doomed lovers. Not much of a spark there either. If George Stevens meant to make a Days of Wine and Roses, he should have shown more of the alcohol abuse with Fontaine. In real life a AA mentor would hardly of fallen in love, with the person he is trying to help. Trading one addiction for another is not the answer.


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