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The Helen Morgan Story (1957)

Not Rated | | Biography, Drama, Music | 5 October 1957 (USA)
Torch singer Helen Morgan rises from sordid beginnings to fame and fortune only to lose it all to alcohol and poor personal choices.

Director:

Michael Curtiz

Writers:

Oscar Saul (original screenplay), Dean Riesner (original screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ann Blyth ... Helen Morgan
Paul Newman ... Larry Maddux
Richard Carlson ... Russell Wade
Gene Evans ... Whitey Krause
Alan King ... Benny Weaver
Cara Williams ... Dolly Evans
Virginia Vincent ... Sue
Walter Woolf King ... Florenz Ziegfeld
Dorothy Green ... Mrs. Wade
Edward Platt ... Johnny Haggerty
Warren Douglas ... Mark Hellinger
Sammy White Sammy White ... Sammy White
The De Castro Sisters The De Castro Sisters ... Singers
Jimmy McHugh Jimmy McHugh ... Jimmy McHugh
Rudy Vallee ... Rudy Vallee
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Storyline

The 1920's and 30's career of singer Helen Morgan is followed from her early days singing outdoors in a carnival, through her speak-easy and chorus-girl days, to her stardom on Broadway in Ziegfeld's "Show Boat". Her involvement with Larry Maddux, a gin-runner and con-man, and Russell Wade, a prominent, married New York lawyer, and her decline thanks to these failed romances and alcohol are punctuated by performances of many of the songs she made famous. Written by Ron Kerrigan <mvg@whidbey.com>

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No star ever climbed higher...or fell lower! See more »

Genres:

Biography | Drama | Music

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 October 1957 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Jazz Age See more »

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Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Others considered for the role of Helen Morgan were Judy Garland (who reportedly said about the part, "No more sad endings for me"), Susan Hayward, Jennifer Jones and Peggy Lee. See more »

Goofs

Paul Newman's character, Larry Maddux, repeatedly refers to Florenz Ziegfeld as "Ziegfield." All the other characters say Ziegfeld's name correctly. See more »

Quotes

Larry Maddux: Do yourself a favor. Hire the kid.
Whitey Krause: I hope your hooch is better than your suggestion, Larry. What's the canary to you.
Larry Maddux: Nuthin'. I'm just a music lover. Besides, I don't go for that sad stuff she sings.
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Connections

Referenced in Valley of the Dolls (1967) See more »

Soundtracks

If You Were the Only Girl in the World
(uncredited)
Music by Nat Ayer
Lyrics by Clifford Grey
Performed by Ann Blyth (dubbed by Gogi Grant) at the audition
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Big Story, small budget
23 December 2003 | by chriscanary-1See all my reviews

If for no other reason, the movie is memorable for the great vocals by Gogi Grant. It has its inconsistencies, such as Helen Morgan wears the same 5 inch stillettos throughout the movie. Were they even available in the 1930s? Go past that and this makes a great tearjerker, or a "rainy-day stay in the house and curl up on the couch" movie. Today, I'd say it would be reated PG-14.


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