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Interrupted Melody (1955)

Passed | | Biography, Drama, Music | 1 July 1955 (USA)
This movie chronicles Australian-born opera star Marjorie Lawrence's success, her battle with polio, and her eventual career comeback.

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Curtis Bernhardt
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Glenn Ford ... Dr. Thomas King
Eleanor Parker ... Marjorie Lawrence
Roger Moore ... Cyril Lawrence
Cecil Kellaway ... Bill Lawrence
Peter Leeds Peter Leeds ... Dr. Ed Ryson
Evelyn Ellis Evelyn Ellis ... Clara
Walter Baldwin ... Jim Owens
Ann Codee ... Mme. Gilly
Leopold Sachse Leopold Sachse ... Leopold Sachse
Stephen Bekassy Stephen Bekassy ... Comte Claude des Vignaux
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Storyline

Marjorie Lawrence crowds her life with excitement and achievement from the day she leaves her Australian home and goes to Paris to study voice. After a triumphal debut at the Paris Opera she becomes famous overnight, and her debut at the Met in New York establishes her as one of the great singers of her time. With all her dreams come true, tragedy strikes in the form of infantile paralysis and she faces a life of confinement to a wheelchair. Although she reaches the depths of despair, she manages through the love and devotion of her husband, Dr. Tom King (Glenn Ford), she begins to build a new career by singing to servicemen who, like herself, are confined to wheelchairs. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Genres:

Biography | Drama | Music

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 July 1955 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Melodia Interrompida See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$2,367,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

4-Track Stereo (Western Electric Sound System)

Color:

Color (Eastman Color)

Aspect Ratio:

2.55 : 1
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Trivia

Even though the story takes place in the 1930s and 1940s, once again MGM's indefatigably anachronistic designer, Helen Rose has clothed all the female participants in totally contemporary 1955 designs and fashions, as are also their hair styles. See more »

Goofs

When Marjorie 'Margie' Lawrence takes a same-day return trip by steam train from her merino sheep farm at Winchelsea to Geelong, she does so on Anzac Day. At 4 minutes 12 seconds, the sign says "Friday April 25". The first Anzac Day was on 25th April 1916. Friday 25th April 1924 is the only possible Friday Anzac Day. See more »

Quotes

Marjorie Lawrence: [drinking champagne] Tonight I love the whole world and I want them to know it.
Dr. Thomas King: And tomorrow you'll have a monumental hangover.
Marjorie Lawrence: That's the advantage of going out with doctors.
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Connections

References The Wizard of Oz (1939) See more »

Soundtracks

The Marine Hymn
(©1891) (uncredited)
Music based on a melody by Jacques Offenbach from his opera "Genevieve de Brabant" (1859)
Lyrics by unknown marine (ca 1874), Henry C. Davis (1911) and unknown others
Sung by Eleanor Parker (dubbed by Eileen Farrell)
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Comment from a relative of Marjorie Lawrence
3 August 2006 | by dahlinkSee all my reviews

I am a great-niece of Marjorie Lawrence. It's a very sad fact that Marjorie is best known outside of Australia. However, she was recently honored as one of 100 Australian Entertainers of the Century. It's also a bit of a shame that this movie is a Hollywood producer's interpretation of an American publisher's version of my Great-Aunt's life. The real family story is actually much more interesting. Auntie Marj never smoked a cigarette in her life - but it seems everyone smoked in the movies of the 50s. My mother and my aunt attended the world premiere here in Melbourne. I remember meeting Auntie Marj as a child in the 70s.


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