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Interrupted Melody (1955)

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

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
... Dr. Thomas King
... Marjorie Lawrence
... Cyril Lawrence
... Bill Lawrence
Peter Leeds ... Dr. Ed Ryson
Evelyn Ellis ... Clara
... Jim Owens
... Mme. Gilly
Leopold Sachse ... Leopold Sachse
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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Biography | Drama | Music

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1 July 1955 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Melodia Interrompida  »

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$2,367,000 (estimated)
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(Western Electric Sound System)

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(Eastman Color)

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2.55 : 1
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Trivia

Lana Turner was originally slated for the role of Marjorie Lawrence. 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

Musetta's Waltz
(uncredited)
Performed by Eleanor Parker (dubbed by Eileen Farrell) with Charles Gonzales,
Marcella Reale, Armando Tokatian and Ed Dunning
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Parker and Ford were never better
27 July 1999 | by See 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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