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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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Won 1 Oscar. Another 3 nominations. See more awards »

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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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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

The contract of Glenn Ford made it a condition that he receive top billing, which rightfully belonged to Eleanor Parker. Parker claimed she always cared more about the projects, than the billing, but this is one time she she very much wanted the credit as star of the movie. Parker's bitterness was no doubt a factor in her later claiming that that Ford shamelessly tried to upstage her at every chance, by walking away from her, and the camera, forcing her to turn her back to the camera to interact with him. See more »

Goofs

After Marjorie sings "Annie Laurie" and she wheels herself into the kitchen and she suggests a concert tour, right as she and Dr. King are embracing . See more »

Quotes

Marjorie Lawrence: After her brother reprimands her for dating the doctor instead of the Count: "The trouble with you, Cyril is that my success is going to your head."
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Connections

Featured in TCM Guest Programmer: Renee Fleming (2007) See more »

Soundtracks

Annie Laurie
(1834-5) (uncredited)
Music by Lady John Scott
Lyrics based on the poem by William Douglas
Sung by Eleanor Parker (dubbed by Eileen Farrell)
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Parker and Ford were never better
27 July 1999 | by KirasjeriSee all my reviews

The film does a fine job with the crippling illness of Lawrence and her comeback onstage, but most notable are the performances by the stars. Glenn Ford and Eleanor Parker were never better. Just superb. The scene where she tried to commit suicide and Ford stopped her, broke down, and asked God for help is magnificent and a must-see. Ford and Parker should be well-remembered as excellent actors.


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