With A Song In My Heart (1952)

WALTER LANG

Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBB

USA, 1952.  Twentieth Century Fox.  Screenplay by .  Cinematography by .  Produced by .  Music by .  Production Design by , .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .  Academy Awards 1952.  Golden Globe Awards 1952.  

Enormously enjoyable musical biopic of World World II songstress Jane Frohman. Frohman was on the rise in her exceptional recording career when an airplane accident injured her leg and left her handicapped for the rest of her life.  Susan Hayward gives a rip-roaring performance in the lead, overcoming the film’s more predictable weepy-biography setup and infusing it with incredible vivacity. With Frohman’s own voice dubbing her singing, she does an exceptional job with the musical numbers, especially a scene in which she performs a medley of American State-themed songs for a group of soldiers.  Thelma Ritter is also terrific in a supporting performance as her acerbic nurse, and has a star-making bit as a shell-shocked soldier.

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