Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB
USA, 1952. Twentieth Century Fox. Screenplay by Lamar Trotti. Cinematography by Leon Shamroy. Produced by Lamar Trotti. Music by Alfred Newman. Production Design by Lyle R. Wheeler, Joseph C. Wright. Costume Design by Charles Le Maire. Film Editing by J. Watson Webb Jr..
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 Robert Wagner has a star-making bit as a shell-shocked soldier.
Academy Award: Best Scoring of a Musical Picture
Nominations: Best Actress (Susan Hayward); Best Supporting Actress (Thelma Ritter); Best Costume Design-Colour; Best Sound Recording
Golden Globe Awards: Best Picture-Musical/Comedy; Best Actress-Musical/Comedy (Susan Hayward)