Marjorie Morningstar (1958)

IRVING RAPPER

Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.  

USA, 1958.  Beachwold Productions.  Screenplay by , based on the novel by .  Cinematography by .  Produced by .  Music by .  Production Design by Malcolm C. Bert.  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .  Academy Awards 1958.

Fans of the two leads are the only people likely to enjoy this boring romantic drama.  plays an eager wannabe actress who impresses a big-time Broadway director () and finds protection under his wing. When his own theatrical ventures don’t pan out as well as he’d expected, both their shared personal and professional lives are threatened. It’s been done a million times, and with a lot more passion than this one; its greatest asset is probably the lovely main theme song ‘A Very Precious Love’ crooned by Kelly.

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