A director hires an alcoholic has-been and strikes up a stormy relationship with the actor's wife, who he believes is the cause of all the man's problems.


George Seaton


Clifford Odets (play), George Seaton (written for the screen by)
Won 2 Oscars. Another 6 wins & 11 nominations. See more awards »





Complete credited cast:
Bing Crosby ... Frank Elgin
Grace Kelly ... Georgie Elgin
William Holden ... Bernie Dodd
Anthony Ross ... Philip Cook
Gene Reynolds ... Larry
Jacqueline Fontaine ... Lounge Singer
Eddie Ryder Eddie Ryder ... Ed
Robert Kent ... Paul Unger
John W. Reynolds John W. Reynolds ... Henry Johnson


Washed up singer/actor Frank Elgin has a chance to make a come-back when director Bernie Dodd offers him the leading role in his new musical. Frank however is very insecure, turns to alcohol and shuns even the smallest of responsibilities, leaving everything up to his wife Georgie who finds it harder and harder to cope with her husband's lack of spirit. Bernie tries to help Frank regain his self-confidence, believing that it is Georgie who's the cause of his insecurity. Written by Leon Wolters <wolters@strw.LeidenUniv.nl>

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Did You Know?


Jennifer Jones was first considered for the role of Georgie but was pregnant at the time. She would play the part in 1966 in a New York stage revival. See more »


Bernie Dodd: Oh, he's not too bad. Gruff, but with a heart of stone.
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Referenced in Introducing Dorothy Dandridge (1999) See more »


The Pitchman / It's Mine, It's Yours
by Harold Arlen and Ira Gershwin
Sung by Bing Crosby
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Remembering when movies were well-written
29 August 2005 | by alicecbrSee all my reviews

Despite Bing Crosby's reputation as an abusive father, he showed that he could be an excellent actor in this movie. Acting AGAINST type, he plays an alcoholic actor in an excellent understated manner with none of the histrionics that some of those movies from that era had. The writer of this movie needs to be applauded. He wrote a play, obviously from reality. Was it CLiff Odets?

William Holden played himself, but this time with great lines. Grace Kelly shows some talent I didn't know she had....more than just a pretty face. Truly amazing. The Academy Awards were deserved indeed.

Buy this one for the ages. Spare yourself the junk at the box office these days.

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17 May 1955 (USA) See more »

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Mono (Western Electric Recording)

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