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Torch Song (1953)

Approved | | Drama, Music, Romance | 1 October 1953 (USA)
A tough but unhappy Broadway star re-evaluates her life when she crosses paths with a blind pianist.

Director:

Charles Walters
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 1 win. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview:
Joan Crawford ... Jenny Stewart
Michael Wilding ... Tye Graham
Gig Young ... Cliff Willard
Marjorie Rambeau ... Mrs. Stewart
Harry Morgan ... Joe Denner (as Henry Morgan)
Dorothy Patrick ... Martha
James Todd James Todd ... Philip Norton
Eugene Loring ... Gene, the Dance Director
Paul Guilfoyle ... Monty Rolfe
Benny Rubin ... Charles Maylor
Peter Chong Peter Chong ... Peter
Maidie Norman ... Anne
Nancy Gates ... Celia Stewart
Chris Warfield Chris Warfield ... Chuck Peters
Rudy Render Rudy Render ... Singer at Party
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Storyline

Jenny Stewart is a tough Broadway musical star who doesn't take criticism from anyone. Yet there is one individual, Tye Graham, a blind pianist who may be able to break through her tough exterior. Written by Kelly

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Tough Baby - a wonderful love story with the star of "Sudden Fear" and for the FIRST TIME you'll see her in TECHNICOLOR!

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Drama | Music | Romance

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 October 1953 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Herzen im Fieber See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.75 : 1
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Trivia

The film marks the first of two times Maidie Norman played someone who works for Joan Crawford. The second time was nine years later in What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? (1962). See more »

Goofs

In an old newspaper review, Ty rhapsodizes about Jenny's performance of the song "Tenderly" which he saw her perform on the night before he was shipped off to WWII (and subsequently blinded). In reality, that tune was not written until 1946, a year after war was over. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Jenny Stewart: Hold the record.
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Featured in That's Entertainment! III (1994) See more »

Soundtracks

Blue Moon
Music by Richard Rodgers
Lyrics by Lorenz Hart
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Joan Crawford sings ... in Technicolor!!!
10 December 2016 | by jacobs-greenwoodSee all my reviews

This is an unusual romance drama with musical numbers that features Joan Crawford (in Technicolor!) in a role that couldn't have been too hard for her to play – a difficult to work with, abrasive, headstrong star that alienates everyone around her on a personal and professional level … at least until she meets someone who reads her all too well and won't put up with her antics.

The 'twist' in this one is that the man who 'sees' her for what she is – a frightened stage musical starlet who lashes out at others because of her loneliness – is a blind man who was formerly an art critic played by Michael Wilding.

Directed by Charles Walters, who received his only recognition from the Academy (a Best Director nomination) that same year for Lili (1953), it's a story that was written by I.A.R. Wylie and adapted by John Michael Hayes and Jan Lustig. Marjorie Rambeau (Primrose Path (1940)), who plays Crawford's devoted yet financially dependent mother received her second Best Supporting Actress nomination.

Gig Young plays Jenny Stewart's (Crawford) attractive boy toy; he drinks to salve his situation. Harry Morgan plays her long suffering stage director, and Paul Guilfoyle is Jenny's frequently abused agent.

Crawford's singing voice was dubbed by India Adams and the most memorable musical numbers include a dance sequence "Two-Faced Woman" (with all the performers in blackface) that was originally intended for Cyd Charisse in The Band Wagon (1953) and a rendition of "Tenderly". Maidie Norman plays Jenny's assistant, the only one who seems to have a tolerable relationship with Jenny until pianist Tye Graham (Wilding) cracks her tough exterior.


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