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Will There Really Be a Morning? (1983)

This is the story of actress Frances Farmer.


Fielder Cook


Frances Farmer (book), Dalene Young (teleplay)
Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. See more awards »




Cast overview, first billed only:
Susan Blakely ... Frances Farmer
Lee Grant ... Lillian Farmer
Royal Dano ... Ernest Farmer
Joe Lambie Joe Lambie ... Bill Anderson
John Heard ... Clifford Odets
Melanie Mayron ... Sophie
Leonardo Cimino ... Adolph Zukor (as Leonard Cimino)
Jack Creley ... Professor Williams (as Jack Creeley)
James Eckhouse ... Harold Clurman
Jeannie Elias Jeannie Elias ... Lottie (as Jeanne Elias)
Joseph Maher ... 1st Doctor
Bruce Ornstein Bruce Ornstein ... John Garfield
Paul Perri ... Luther Adler
Madeleine Sherwood ... 2nd Doctor (as Madeline Thornton-Sherwood)
Ivor Francis ... Drama Teacher


Based on the fast and frantic life of actress Frances Farmer tracing her life from her childhood in Seattle, through her college years, her flirtation with radical politics, her success in films and the theater, her doomed love affair with Clifford Odets, her physical and mental breakdown, and her ultimate emergence from an institution where she spent five years, to her death from cancer. Written by Matthew Patay

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Biography | Drama


Not Rated






Release Date:

22 February 1983 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Credere per vivere See more »

Filming Locations:

Petersburg, Virginia, USA

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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Ann-Margret and Glenda Jackson were considered for the Frances Farmer role. See more »

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Will There Really Be a Showing of This Film Again?
29 September 2004 | by JHHPROSee all my reviews

I saw this excellent made for TV film when it debuted on CBS in 1983. However, I have not seen it since! It was never (to my knowledge) re-aired on CBS and I have never seen it played on any cable stations (Lifetime, TBS, TNT, etc.) I wish it would be released on DVD or even played on TV instead of sitting on a shelf somewhere. I found this version of Frances Farmers' story to be more detailed, yet less compelling, than the feature film "Frances" but, still good. I read the book "Will There Really Be a Morning?" as well as the book "Shadowlands" I've read all I can find about the life of Frances Framer and I feel this film presented the facts of the story quite well. I remember Susan Blakley's performance was remarkable. I hope to see it again one day or better yet own it!

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