Number of Times Seen – 1 (1 Dec 2019)
Brief Synopsis – An aspiring singer is diagnosed with polio and must try and find meaning in her life
My Take on it – This is a yet another film in the dwindling list of movies that I had never heard of that have received Oscar nominations for its performances.
The premise of this film is quite compelling and interesting yet the way that they present things tales so much away from it.
Eleanor Parker does a great job in the lead and allows us to see the kind of obstacles that her character must face as she tries to make her way back to stardom.
Glenn Ford is also great and I liked the way that his character was a bit erratic especially when he needed to be a supportive caregiver to his ailing wife.
The film is paced quite slowly and they fail to find a way to stay interesting as things move along.
Certain scenes drag along a bit too much and might have been better if they were cut down slightly.
Despite all of these problems, the film still has a great message about overcoming obstacles in life through strength and perseverance no matter how long that road to recovery might take.
Bottom Line – Interesting idea that doesn’t work as well as one might hope. Parker is superb in the lead and was quite deserving of her Oscar nomination for Best Actress for her work here. Ford is also great as always and his character’s erratic nature is quite memorable since it isn’t easy for him to always be so supportive. The pacing of this film is pretty slow and doesn’t manage to find a way to stay interesting throughout because certain scenes drag on too much. The message about perseverance and overcoming obstacles is pretty good even if it takes a while to get there.
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – The contract of Glenn Ford made it a condition that he receive top billing, which rightfully belonged to Eleanor Parker. Parker claimed she always cared more about the projects, than the billing, but this is one time she she very much wanted the credit as star of the movie. Parker’s bitterness was no doubt a factor in her later claiming that that Ford shamelessly tried to upstage her at every chance, by walking away from her, and the camera, forcing her to turn her back to the camera to interact with him. (From IMDB)
Rating – BAFTA Worthy (5/10)
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