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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

Writers:

John Howard Lawson (screenplay), Lionel Wiggam (additional dialogue) | 2 more credits »
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Nominated for 2 Oscars. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Susan Hayward ... Angelica 'Angie' 'Angel' Evans Conway
Lee Bowman ... Ken Conway
Marsha Hunt ... Martha Gray, Elliott's Secretary
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, Baby Angelica's Nanny
Sharyn Payne Sharyn Payne ... Angelica 'Angel' Conway
Robert Shayne ... Mr. Gordon
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Storyline

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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How Lonely Must a Wife Be Before She Does What "Angel" Did? 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)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Unhappy with the roles she was receiving in the studio system, Susan Hayward signed a contract with independent producer Walter Wanger in 1946 for the sum of $100,000 a year. This was her second film under that contract, the first being Canyon Passage (1946). See more »

Quotes

Ken Conway: I'm gonna have a baby!
Steve Nelson: I told you you had talent.
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When Love is Young
(1937) (uncredited)
Music by Jimmy McHugh
Lyrics Harold Adamson
Played on piano by Eddie Albert and partially sung by Lee Bowman (dubbed by Hal Derwin)
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Probably Susan Hayward's best film...too bad it's mostly forgotten
4 March 2007 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

There is a lot to like about this film and it's sure a shame that it's not better-known. Unfortunately, Miss Hayward was later given an Oscar for her WAAAAAY over the top performance in I WANT TO LIVE, whereas she only was nominated for this film. Oddly, Loretta Young won for THE FARMER'S DAUGHTER, a kooky and not particularly deep film--in my opinion Hayward definitely deserved the award. Perhaps she lost since she was a relative newcomer.

The reason I liked the film so much was that it was an excellent study of alcoholism as well as the contribution an enabling spouse can have on the drinking. This aspect of alcoholism was not explored in the award-winning LOST WEEKEND, plus LOST WEEKEND ended on a very unrealistic and overly optimistic note that just didn't ring true. In most ways, SMASH-UP was a better film (though the scenes of Ray Milland having DTs were incredible).

By the way, if you liked this film and want to see an even better film on drinking and a destructive relationship, try DAYS OF WINE AND ROSES--perhaps the best study of alcoholism ever put on screen.


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