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Smash-Up: The Story of a Woman (1947)

Approved | | Drama, Film-Noir, Music | March 1947 (USA)
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A successful nightclub singer weds a struggling songwriter, but when his fame eclipses hers, she delves into alcoholism.

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Stuart Heisler

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John Howard Lawson (screenplay), Lionel Wiggam (additional dialogue) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Susan Hayward ... Angelica 'Angie' 'Angel' Evans Conway
Lee Bowman ... Ken Conway
Marsha Hunt ... Martha Gray
Eddie Albert ... Steve Nelson
Carl Esmond ... Dr. Lorenz
Carleton G. Young ... Fred Elliott
Charles D. Brown Charles D. Brown ... Michael 'Mike' Dawson
Janet Murdoch Janet Murdoch ... Miss Kirk
Sharyn Payne Sharyn Payne ... Angelica 'Angel' Conway
Robert Shayne ... Mr. Gordon
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Angie Evans, fast-rising nightclub singer, interrupts her career to marry struggling songwriter Ken Conway. When Ken lucks into a career as chart-topping radio crooner, Angie is forced into idle luxury which proves her downfall. Her potential alcoholism burgeons and Ken remains clueless concerning his responsibility for her problems. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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Story of a Love-Wrecked Woman! See more »


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

March 1947 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Smash-Up See more »

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Budget:

$1,360,286 (estimated)
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Mono (Western Electric Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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According to Marsha Hunt in a November 1989 article for Films in Review, "I had a big fight onscreen with Susan Hayward in a powder room, and we went right at it... no retakes. The bruises were showing. It was a hard movie to make. Miss Susan Hayward never talked to her co-workers when waiting for a take. She took no interest in the rest of us. It was extremely strange -- as if we did not exist." See more »

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Angelica 'Angie' 'Angel' Evans Conway: I read someplace from the Chinese or the Egyptians or somebody. It said these are the three worst things: to lie in bed and sleep not; to wait for one who comes not; to try to please and please not. They all fit me, don't they?
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A Cowboy's Never Lonesome
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Played on guitar by Eddie Albert (uncredited) and sung by Lee Bowman (uncredited) (dubbed by Hal Derwin (uncredited)) at the radio broadcast
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A Deservedly Well-Remembered Performance By Susan Hayward
31 October 2005 | by Snow LeopardSee all my reviews

Susan Hayward's fine performance, for which she is deservedly well-remembered, is easily the best reason to watch this feature. Overall it is not bad, but mostly unremarkable, and it is Hayward's ability to make her character interesting, believable, and sympathetic that makes the rest of it work.

The story has many familiar elements, with Angie (Hayward's character) sacrificing her singing career for the sake of her husband's own singing career. Her ups-and-downs, her battle with alcoholism, and her fears about her relationships all provide good material for Hayward to work with.

As the husband, Lee Bowman is quite bland and one-dimensional, so much so that it almost looks deliberate. Eddie Albert helps out as the husband's partner, and Marsha Hunt gives a good performance as Angie's cold-blooded rival. Carl Esmond gets a couple of good moments as the caring doctor who tries to set things right.

While much of the story follows familiar formulas, it does bring out a few useful thoughts, and more than that it allows for a well-developed look at its main character. Its strengths as a character study and as an acting performance make it worthwhile, despite a few weaknesses elsewhere.


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