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>
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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