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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.

Director:

George Seaton

Writers:

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

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Drama | Music

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Trivia

To star in The Country Girl (1954), Grace Kelly had to be approved for a loanout from her home studio, MGM. In return for the opportunity, MGM required her to star in Green Fire (1954), one of Kelly's least favorite films. She said about her role, "This is not what I wanted to be an actress for." See more »

Quotes

Georgie Elgin: Let's say I try my small way to help.
Bernie Dodd: That's what my ex-wife used to keep me reminding of, cheerfully. She had a theory that behind every great man there was a great woman. She also was thoroughly convinced that she was great and all I needed to qualify was guidance on her part.
Georgie Elgin: Still does not prove that the theory is completely wrong. I imagine one can go through history and find a few good examples.
Bernie Dodd: It's a pity that Leonardo da Vinci never had a wife to guide him, he might have really gotten ...
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Featured in Edith Head: The Paramount Years (2002) See more »

Soundtracks

Dissertation on the State of Bliss (Love and Learn Blues)
by Harold Arlen and Ira Gershwin
Sung by Jacqueline Fontaine and Bing Crosby
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It's pretty good. I enjoyed. Casting vs type too.
12 March 2003 | by gazzo-2See all my reviews

All the other comments here-on the quality of the three leads' acting, the somberness of the film, the plot, etc--I agree w/ pretty much. For me the standout was not Grace but Bing. He was cast vs type the most and if anyone deserved an oscar here, it was him. Grace was fine, but still-it's like seeing Michelle Pfieffer or Theresa Russell playing frumpy-it don't really work.

Typical solid 50's dramatics, Holden in his element as always, very believable.

***1/2 outta ****


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