23 user 10 critic

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.


Curtis Bernhardt

Watch Now

From $2.99 on Prime Video

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


Learn more

More Like This 

Certificate: Passed Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Dr. Michael Corday, a recent graduate of the Harvard Medical School, is the son of Dr. John Corday, an eminent New York City surgeon who has a tendency to continue to direct the lives of ... See full summary »

Director: Curtis Bernhardt
Stars: Glenn Ford, Charles Coburn, Gloria DeHaven
Adventure | Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

On a small South Pacific island during WW2, various US Navy P.R. personnel pass the time romancing the nurses and the native girls while trying to avoid front line Sea Duty.

Director: Charles Walters
Stars: Glenn Ford, Gia Scala, Earl Holliman
Crime | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Nightclub singer and her brother-in-law try to find her husband's killer.

Director: Vincent Sherman
Stars: Rita Hayworth, Glenn Ford, Alexander Scourby
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

A young lawyer, encounters problems while relocating his family.

Director: Mitchell Leisen
Stars: Glenn Ford, Ruth Roman, Denise Darcel
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

A new English teacher at a violent, unruly inner-city school is determined to do his job, despite resistance from both students and faculty.

Director: Richard Brooks
Stars: Glenn Ford, Anne Francis, Louis Calhern
Action | Biography | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Col. Paul Tibbetts piloted the plane that dropped the atomic bomb on Hiroshima in World War 2.

Directors: Melvin Frank, Norman Panama
Stars: Robert Taylor, Eleanor Parker, James Whitmore
Trial (1955)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Courtroom drama set in 1947 and underlying post-WW2 acute problems facing the USA such as stormy race relations and the growing threat of local communism.

Director: Mark Robson
Stars: Glenn Ford, Dorothy McGuire, Arthur Kennedy
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

A U.S. sergeant serving in Spain creates envy among his Air Force superiors and the Spanish locals when his brand new futuristic sports car and pretty wife arrive at the base.

Director: George Marshall
Stars: Glenn Ford, Debbie Reynolds, Eva Gabor
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

A young woman who owns a coffee shop falls for a handsome young customer, unaware that he is a gangster. The association results in her being tried and sentenced to a long prison term. ... See full summary »

Director: William K. Howard
Stars: Sylvia Sidney, Melvyn Douglas, Alan Baxter
Adventure | Romance | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Sophie loved Edmund, but he left town when her parents forced her to marry wealthy Octavius. Years later, Edmund returns with his son, William. Sophie's daughter, Marguerite, and William ... See full summary »

Director: Victor Saville
Stars: Van Heflin, Lana Turner, Donna Reed
Certificate: Passed Comedy | Mystery | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

Rare booksellers Joel and Garda Sloane are engaged to find who is stealing rare books from a private library.

Director: Edwin L. Marin
Stars: Robert Montgomery, Rosalind Russell, Reginald Owen
The Sheepman (1958)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

A brash stranger and his sheep arrive in a small town, but not soon after, the townspeople decide they've seen enough of him.

Director: George Marshall
Stars: Glenn Ford, Shirley MacLaine, Leslie Nielsen


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


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>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Biography | Drama | Music


Passed | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

View content advisory »






Release Date:

1 July 1955 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Melodia Interrompida See more »


Box Office


$2,367,000 (estimated)
See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

4-Track Stereo (Western Electric Sound System)


Color (Eastman Color)

Aspect Ratio:

2.55 : 1
See full technical specs »

Did You Know?


The vocal student of Mme. Gilly (Ann Codee) who can't seem to hit the right note, which Marjorie Lawrence can, is Eileen Farrell, who dubbed Eleanor Parker's singing voice in the movie's arias. See more »


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 »


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.
See more »


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


Waltzing Matilda
(1903) (uncredited)
Lyrics by A.B. 'Banjo' Paterson (1895)
Original music by Christina McPherson, revised music by Marie Cowan
Based on the Scottish folk tune "Craigielee"
Sung by Eleanor Parker (dubbed by Eileen Farrell) and chorus
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Superbly told story of the great soprano
17 September 2006 | by blanche-2See all my reviews

Like others commenting on this film, I saw "Interrupted Melody" many years ago, and it left a deep impression on me. I found when watching it again that I had retained so many of the scenes in my memory.

"Interrupted Melody" tells the story of Australian soprano Marjorie Lawrence (played by Eleanor Parker), who was stricken with polio at the height of her career. The singer then has to find the courage to reclaim her will to live, her voice, and her career.

This is one of the few films, including anything of Lanza's, where entire arias and/or operatic scenes have been performed - and correctly. Singing for Ms. Parker is dramatic soprano Eileen Farrell, whose voice also acts. In the beginning, when the young Marjorie is in a vocal competition, Farrell takes her powerful chest voice out and instead carries her middle voice down to the low notes, giving the impression of a young, untrained singer. Truly inspired.

This has to be the high point of Eleanor Parker's career. I had a chance to see her nearly 30 years ago in a preview performance of "Pal Joey" - regretfully, there were many problems and she and her costar left the show before it opened. It was a shame, because Parker's Vera was wonderful. Here, she plays the young Marjorie with energy and determination, capturing the soprano's nervousness at being away from home when she goes to school in Monte Carlo. Later, she plays the perfect diva not afraid to state what she wants. Finally, she's the crippled Marjorie with no will to live, finding solace entertaining wounded soldiers who are worse off than she is. All through the film, she looks absolutely stunning, and her lipsyncing in Italian, French, and German is perfect.

The music is glorious - "Tristan und Isolde," "La Boheme," "Samson et Delilah," "Carmen," "Il Trovatore," (the fastest I've ever heard it), "Madama Butterfly," "Don Carlos," and "Gotterdammerung" - truly a feast for the ears with Eileen Farrell's magnificent singing.

Some have questioned whether or not Lawrence actually sang both mezzo and soprano roles. Lawrence did sing "Carmen," which can be sung by a dramatic soprano. Also, Lawrence probably started out as a mezzo - it was not until she trained in Paris that her upper range was extended. She sang Wagner, Strauss, Puccini, and Verdi in the big opera houses. "Samson and Delilah" was perhaps done for the film so we could see Eleanor Parker being sexy and seductive in a gauzy costume. The thing is, Lawrence's specialty was Wagner and you can't only have heavy Wagner scenes throughout a movie. The glamorous soprano did her own dancing in "Salome," and played the immolation scene in "Götterdämmerung" by riding her horse into the flames as Wagner had intended, making her one of the few, possibly the only, soprano to do this. She also did Thais, which calls for sex and beauty - "Thais" was the inspiration for the role Susan Kane bombed in during "Citizen Kane."

Glenn Ford plays Lawrence's husband, Dr. Thomas King, and the marriage of a successful opera star and fledgling pediatrician is realistically portrayed with all its difficulties. In real life, Tom King was an osteopath and a Christian Scientist. Ford has a background role much of the time, but also some very dramatic moments and some romantic ones. His gentle, easygoing style fit the character well. A very young Roger Moore is Marjorie's manager-brother.

If you love opera, or if you love a story of courage and the power of the human spirit, this film is for you. Have a box of tissues nearby - the ending is very powerful.

15 of 16 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 23 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Stream Action and Adventure Titles With Prime Video

Explore popular action and adventure titles available to stream with Prime Video.

Start your free trial

Recently Viewed