“I’m here to tell the cockeyed world… stage history was made that night. To be perfectly frank, none of us knew what to expect. Here was a girl with a 35 pound cast on her leg… who’s have to be carried on and off the stage 22 times a performance… making her first public appearance since the accident. The big question on all our minds was… would the audience take her this way? More important still, could she stand the gaff? ” – Clancy
Number of Times Seen – 1 (3 Jun 2019)
Brief Synopsis – An aspiring singer goes to an interview at the local radio station and from there quickly rises the ladder of success.
My Take on it – This is yet another film that I knew absolutely nothing about before coming across it ion my quest to watch all films that have had an Oscar nomination for one of it’s cast members.
I must admit that I had never heard of Jane Froman before watching this film and at first I wasn’t even aware that I was watching a film based on a real person’s life.
They do a nice job here telling us how Froman rose to musical prominence and they manage to keep the story enjoyable the who;le way through since it has an upbeat familiarity to it.
We can easily see why she became so ,loved and adored by her fans based on her personality and work ethic.
Susan Hayward is great in the lead role and is able to make the character come to life right before our eyes.
They do a nice job showing the way that her relationships in life played out and they make it all feel quite realistic the whole way through which make sit so believable.
The music in this film is done in a very fun manner which helps the story keep up its momentum as things move along at a great pace.
Thelma Ritter was deservingly nominated for an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress (her 3rd of 6 lifetime nominations without wins in this category)
Bottom Line – Quite an enjoyable biographical film that gives us a great viewpoint of Froman’s rise to fame. We get a clear understanding as to why she became so loved by her audience. Hayward is great in the lead role and helps make this character come to life before out eyes. The way that her relationships are portrayed are done in a very realistic fashion which helps make us believe them even more. The music is quite fun and helps keep the momentum of the film moving along at a great pace. Ritter was deservingly nominated for her 3rd Oscar for Best Supporting Actress (of 6 career nominations). Recommended!
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – According to director Walter Lang, the reason Jane Froman didn’t star in the picture herself was that she stammered. Fortunately, she didn’t stammer when she sang. (From IMDB)
Rating – Globe Worthy (7/10)
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