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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.

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Michael Curtiz
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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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"Look, I watched you tonight. You couldn't take your eyes off me. That's why I'm here." See more »

Genres:

Biography | Drama | Music

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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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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Trivia

As with many other films made in the 1950's, this movie was preceded by a television episode of an anthology series. The original, live production of _"Playhouse 90: The Helen Morgan Story" (1957)_, starring Polly Bergen, was presented on CBS TV five months before the release of the film version. Miss Bergen won that year's Emmy Award for Best Single Performance, Lead or Support, by an actress. See more »

Goofs

When Larry robs the liquor warehouse, he pulls out a crate at the top of a stack. The crate directly beneath it partially pulls out under it, too, and it tilts down slightly. If the case was filled with full liquor bottles, as it supposedly would have been, it would have been too heavy to have moved in this way. See more »

Quotes

Larry Maddux: This town's ready. I'm ready to open it for you like an oyster.
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Connections

Version of Playhouse 90: The Helen Morgan Story (1957) See more »

Soundtracks

I'm Just Wild About Harry
(uncredited)
Music by Eubie Blake
Played when Larry and Benny make their Miss Canada pitch to Helen
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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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