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Smash Up: The Story of a Woman [1947]

Director:Stuart Heisler
Writer:John Howard Lawson
Composer:Daniele Amfitheatrof
Frank Skinner
Length:103 minutes
(1 hour 43 minutes)
MPAA Rating:UR
Sorting Category:Drama
IMDB Rating:6.5/10
Amazon Rating:4.0/5 stars
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Synopsis: Angie Evans, fast-rising nightclub singer, interrupts her career to marry struggling songwriter Ken Conway.

Reaction: A bit of a morality tale, showing the danger of alcoholism. There's more of a story than on Reefer Madness, but it's still got a clear point here. However, the story and characters have a bit of charm.

Personal Rating: 6/10

Stuart Heisler => Director
John Howard Lawson => Writer
Daniele Amfitheatrof => Composer
Frank Skinner => Composer
Alice Fleming => Miss Tierman (uncredited)
Carl Esmond => Dr. Lorenz
Carleton Young => Fred Elliott
Charles D. Brown => Michael 'Mike' Dawson
Connie Leon => Mary, Angie's Maid (uncredited)
Eddie Albert => Steve Nelson
Eddie Kane => Party Guest (uncredited)
Ernie Adams => Charley, Waiter (uncredited)
Frances Morris => Mrs. Benton, Baby's Nurse (uncredited)
George Meeker => Wolf, an Attorney (uncredited)
James Craven => Sam Winsley (uncredited)
Janet Murdoch => Miss Kirk, Baby Angelica's Nanny
Joe Recht => Jimmy, an Elevator Boy (uncredited)
John Valentine => Dr. Forbes (uncredited)
Lee Bowman => Ken Conway
Marsha Hunt => Martha Gray, Elliott's Secretary
Peg La Centra => Angie's Singing Voice (voice) (uncredited)
Robert Shayne => Mr. Gordon
Ruth Sanderson => Maggie (uncredited)
Sharyn Payne => Angelica 'Angel' Conway
Susan Hayward => Angelica 'Angie' 'Angel' Evans Conway
Tom Chatterton => Edwards, Ken's Butler (uncredited)

Random Trivia For This Title:

  • Reportedly suggested by the life and career of Bing Crosby and songstress wife [?] Dixie Lee; when his popularity as an entertainer eclipsed that of Lee, she drifted into extreme alcoholism, just as Susan Hayward's character does in film.
  • The PCA tried to dissuade [?] Walter Wanger from making the film, because the subject was recently explored in the movie The Lost Weekend and excessive drinking violated the production code. Wanger convinced them that it is permitted for furthering the plot and characterization, and he was given PCA approval.
  • [?] Walter Wanger consulted with the National Committee for Education of Alcoholism and used their suggestions about continued vigilance in the film. Similarly, director Stuart Heisler consulted with authorities on alcoholism.