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The Country Girl (1954)

Unrated | | Drama, Music | 17 May 1955 (USA)
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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.

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George Seaton

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Clifford Odets (play), George Seaton (written for the screen by)
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Cast

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
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Storyline

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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How far should a woman go...to redeem the man she loves? See more »

Genres:

Drama | Music

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 May 1955 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Ein Mädchen vom Lande See more »

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Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

In the I Love Lucy: Hollywood at Last (1955) episode, William Holden was featured as a guest star. During a conversation with Ricky Ricardo (Desi Arnaz) regarding working at the movie studio, he mentions, "I just finished a picture called The Country Girl (1954) with Bing Crosby and Grace Kelly." See more »

Quotes

Georgie Elgin: Frank's on stage.
Bernie Dodd: I know. I want to talk to you.
Georgie Elgin: The last time we talked, Mr. Dodd, you reduced me to tears. I promise you, it won't happen again.
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Soundtracks

The Pitchman / It's Mine, It's Yours
by Harold Arlen and Ira Gershwin
Sung by Bing Crosby
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Extraordinary performance make this a must-see!
25 July 1999 | by Durk-3See all my reviews

It has long been assumed that, had the music been eliminated from "The Country Girl" and, in the process, taking emphasis off Bing Crosby's singing and more on his acting, he would have certainly beaten Marlon Brando for the Oscar of 1954. Crosby is extraordinary in this film, playing an alcoholic, washed-up actor/singer with few if any redeemable qualities. William Holden, as the director of a new Broadway musical, insists that Bing be cast in the lead role, even though he is painfully aware of the actor's history. Grace Kelly is Bing's misunderstood wife. While all three performances are first rate, it is Crosby who stands so far above the others, especially considering Hollywood's idea of realism in 1954. Kelly, on the other hand, who DID win an Oscar as best actress, seems workmanlike but not of that acting calibur. Miss Kelly was such a glamorous "star" that simply putting her in a frumpy housedress does not a plain and ordinary housewife make! Her last scene, in which she appears in a very elegant evening gown (but with glasses to downplay her beauty) is completely unconvincing. But, taken as a whole, "The Country Girl" is great video viewing!


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