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Torch Song (1953)

Approved | | Drama, Music, Romance | 1 October 1953 (USA)
A tough but unhappy Broadway star re-evaluates her life when she crosses paths with a blind pianist.

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Charles Walters
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 1 win. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview:
Joan Crawford ... Jenny Stewart
Michael Wilding ... Tye Graham
Gig Young ... Cliff Willard
Marjorie Rambeau ... Mrs. Stewart
Harry Morgan ... Joe Denner (as Henry Morgan)
Dorothy Patrick ... Martha
James Todd James Todd ... Philip Norton
Eugene Loring ... Gene, the Dance Director
Paul Guilfoyle ... Monty Rolfe
Benny Rubin ... Charles Maylor
Peter Chong Peter Chong ... Peter
Maidie Norman ... Anne
Nancy Gates ... Celia Stewart
Chris Warfield Chris Warfield ... Chuck Peters
Rudy Render Rudy Render ... Singer at Party
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Storyline

Jenny Stewart is a tough Broadway musical star who doesn't take criticism from anyone. Yet there is one individual, Tye Graham, a blind pianist who may be able to break through her tough exterior. Written by Kelly

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Tough Baby - a wonderful love story with the star of "Sudden Fear" and for the FIRST TIME you'll see her in TECHNICOLOR!

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Drama | Music | Romance

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 October 1953 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Herzen im Fieber See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.75 : 1
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Trivia

In the song-and-dance number "Two-Faced Woman" (music by Arthur Schwartz, lyrics by Howard Dietz), Joan Crawford performs in blackface. Crawford's singing voice was dubbed by India Adams, whose pre-recording was originally intended for Cyd Charisse in The Band Wagon (1953). The song-and-dance performance by Charisse - with Oscar Levant on piano - was dropped from the film. However, the footage appears on the DVD release from Warner Home Video. In That's Entertainment! III (1994), the Charisse and Crawford versions are compared via split screen. See more »

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In an old newspaper review, Ty rhapsodizes about Jenny's performance of the song "Tenderly" which he saw her perform on the night before he was shipped off to WWII (and subsequently blinded). In reality, that tune was not written until 1946, a year after war was over. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Jenny Stewart: Hold the record.
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Follow Me
Music and Lyrics by Adolph Deutsch
Sung by Joan Crawford (dubbed by India Adams (uncredited))
Reprised by Rudy Render with singing voice provided by Bill Lee
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colorful Crawford melodrama
23 May 2008 | by mukava991See all my reviews

What makes this tepidly received 1953 romantic melodrama with music watchable in the 21st century is primarily Joan Crawford who, by this time, was at the zenith of her screen acting powers. In the 1950s she played a succession of formidable middle-aged dames who had maintained their good looks despite years of character-building hard knocks. But at the core of all of these creatures was a tender and easily broken heart and the plots of most of Joan's 1950s films explore the way this tender heart is exposed through love.

Second in appeal is the color scheme. It was not unusual for 1950s Hollywood commercial fare to feature brilliant, even garish, colors in order to entice viewers away from the little boxes of black-and-white in their living rooms. Seen through the lens of more than half a century, these schemes look bizarre, even ridiculous, but create their own fascination. This is one of those super-saturated works that can hold the attention just to see which crazy color combination will appear in the next scene.


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