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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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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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Biography | Drama | Music

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »

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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

Production Co:

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) See more »
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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

This film barely made money at the box-office, earning MGM a profit of one hundred one thousand dollars, according to studio records. 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

Featured in 1955 Motion Picture Theatre Celebration (1955) 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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Romance and Opera Combine
9 October 2000 | by harry-76See all my reviews

MGM fashioned a sumptuous, full-scale production in bringing the career of Australian opera diva Marjorie Lawrence to the screen. Heading the cast as Lawrence is the fine Eleanor Parker, in one of her most impressive roles. Co-starring as her supportive doctor-husband is the talented Glenn Ford. Both are most convincing in relaying the inspirational "real life" story of their struggle with physical- career- and marital-obstacles.

Whether Lawrence did in fact sing roles which included lyric soprano, dramatic soprano, mezzo and Wagnerian, as depicted here, is open to question. Still, it is lovely to see these excerpts staged so beautifully, and in gorgeous Technicolor. Of invaluable assistance is the magnificent voice of Eileen Farrell in a remarkably varied repertoire.

It may not be possible to experience the real impact of these scenes unless there is a special house revival with a full-sized Cinemascope screen and stereo sound. The formats of VHS and even DVD to not do justice to the original production.

Although Lawrence assisted on the script, the actual unfoldment has the ring of fact merging with fiction for maximum dramatic impact. Now that Lawrence's 30's and 40's career is but a memory in the minds of a few, what remains is this romanticized version of history. As such, lovers of romantic drama and of music may revel in a tale of ardor and challenge, with the artistic product being the "fusion of the arts": grand opera.


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