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I Could Go on Singing (1963)

Jenny Bowman is a successful singer who, while on an engagement at the London Palladium, visits David Donne to see her son Matt again, spending a few glorious days with him while his father... See full summary »

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Ronald Neame

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Robert Dozier (story), Mayo Simon (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview:
Judy Garland ... Jenny Bowman
Dirk Bogarde ... David Donne
Jack Klugman ... George
Aline MacMahon ... Ida
Gregory Phillips Gregory Phillips ... Matt
Russell Waters Russell Waters ... Reynolds
Pauline Jameson ... Miss Plimpton
Jeremy Burnham ... Young Hospital Doctor
Eric Woodburn Eric Woodburn ... Verger
Robert Rietty Robert Rietty ... Palladium Stage Manager
Gerald Sim Gerald Sim ... Joe - Assistant Mgr. at the Palladium
David Lee David Lee ... Pianist
Leon Cortez Leon Cortez ... The Busker
Al Paul Al Paul ... Al Paul - Jenny's Makeup Artist
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Storyline

Jenny Bowman is a successful singer who, while on an engagement at the London Palladium, visits David Donne to see her son Matt again, spending a few glorious days with him while his father is away in Rome in an attempt to attain the family that she never had. When David returns, Matt is torn between his loyalty to his father and his affection for Jenny. Written by John Teo <jt224@cam.ac.uk>

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...THAT CERTAIN SOMETHING. The great ones - they have that electrifying quality, that certain something, that makes the world applaud them - and give them their heart. Judy Garland is one of that breed. She has that special something that goes beyond singing - a dynamic, dramatic dimension that is her gift...and her greatness. Now - in "I COULD GO ON SINGING" - you see Judy as Jenny Bowman, a star on top of the world. But why is it - the greater the star, the deeper the hurt? Jenny found that all the spotlights in the world couldn't give her the warmth she needed - or the love she threw away too many years ago. And Judy Garland as Jenny Bowman is sheer magnificence...singing, acting, capturing your every emotion. See more »

Genres:

Drama | Musical

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UK | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 October 1963 (Finland) See more »

Also Known As:

The Lonely Stage See more »

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Barbican Films See more »
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Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Judy Garland's children, Lorna Luft and Joey Luft, were extras in this film. See more »

Quotes

Jenny Bowman: You think you can make me sing? Do you think you can - do you think George can make me sing? or Ida? You can get me there, sure, but can you make me sing? I sing for myself. I sing when I want to, whenever I want to, just for me. I sing for my own pleasure. Whenever I want - do you under stand that?
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Soundtracks

I COULD GO ON SINGING
Music by Harold Arlen
Lyrics by E.Y. Harburg
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Fine Film Legacy . . .
14 December 2004 | by leslieadamsSee all my reviews

. . . to a great artist: Judy Garland. At the end of her fabulous, unparalleled career, Garland made this swansong. Under-appreciated at the time of its release, it now grows in stature, like fine wine aging.

Medical experts warned Judy would never sing again in the early fifties before she made the astonishing "A Star is Born." Then she went on to her historic national concert tours, and fifteen years after "Star" she made "I Could Go on Singing."

Defying all predictions about her career, Garland triumphed. True, it wasn't easy, for her or her fellow actors and crew. Somehow, though, she just kept bouncing back, overcoming the most formidable obstacles.

Here she's supported by an excellent cast headed by Dirk Bogard in a very strong performance. Ronald Neame's direction is on-target, though the script is a bit uneven. Yet the film is looking better and better, and viewers are growing in their appreciation of this legacy of one of the 20th century's most talented and beloved artists.


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