Actor:Susan Hayward Genres:Drama, Musicals & Performing Arts Sub-Genres:Family Life, Musicals Studio:Warner Home Video Format:DVD - Black and White,Widescreen - Closed-captioned,Subtitled DVD Release Date: 11/06/2007 Original Release Date: 12/25/1955 Theatrical Release Date: 12/25/1955 Release Year: 2007 Run Time: 1hr 57min Screens: Black and White,Widescreen Number of Discs: 1 SwapaDVD Credits: 1 Total Copies: 0 Members Wishing: 7 MPAA Rating: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested) Languages:English Subtitles:English, French
"Susan Hayward stars in this biography of Lillian Roth, a talented singer pushed into the spotlight by her stage mother, and when she is unable to deal with her insecurities and the tragedies in her life, she turns to alcohol. It's one of those roles that every actress must dream of getting, and Hayward really sinks her teeth into it. She goes from glamour to degradation, with a very realistic portrayal of Roth's descent into alcoholism. She puts everything into it, and her performance is forceful and truthful. Jo Van Fleet is also terrific as her grasping mother, too eager to give her daughter the life she never had, and her scenes with Hayward are among the best in the film. It must have taken a lot for Roth to write her life story and let it be filmed, but she has in Hayward an actress that lays bare the painful honesty and ultimate courage of her struggle. It's a tribute to Roth and to the fine work done at Alcoholics Anonymous."
Susan swings and sways
Donald Murrell | Augusta, Ga ., United States of America | 08/12/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Susan Hayward, in her signature performance, will knock your socks off. Nobody could have done it better and nobody today could possibly match Susan's performance. Miss Hayward could deliver a line like no other and in this musical tragedy she has all the opportunites to display her talent.Many critics decried Susan over acted, but no way. She appropriately storms and declares like only she could. But all is not ranting and raving. Susan has a field day as she delivers singing star Lillian Roth's trademark songs. HAYWARD ACTUALLY SINGS THE SONGS TO THE DELIGHT OF HER FANS AND PRODUCERS OF THE MUCH TOUTED FILM. It is indeed a pleasure to see Susan sway and swing herself to the beat of many old standards. Look out! Susan is at the peak of her illustrious career. She was nominated and did not win for this cinematic triumph, but she captured the Oscar three years later for "I Want to Live." In reality she won the coveted h onor for all the performances she delivered throughout the Forties and Fifties.Unfortunately SUSAN HAYWARD died too soon but her legacy is her wonderful cinematic treats left to us all to enjoy."
This Movie Should of Been Named I Want To Live!
MeMyselfandI | MI | 01/27/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This movie by far was the greatest, I love Susan Hayward, and she's a brilliant actress, she up there with Bette Davis, she really puts her all in this, while filming this movie she was going through hard times so a lot of her emotions are visible in this movie, and that's what makes this movie great. This is a most have to sit at home and watch on a Saturday Night. Basically, it tells the story of what a lot of entertainers, movie stars, and atheletes go through, drugs, alchohol, but this movie is dealing with alcohol and how it can mess up your life and what mess up a lot of entertainers lives. This is better to watch then to go to some 7.00 dollar movie, even though it was made in the 50s and a lot of movies didn't deal with those type of roles this is a most see, and all you young people out there don't let it scare you because it was made in the 1950s it is a really great film for all ages."
NO MORE TEARS NOW THAT'S ON DVD
Terry D. Robertson | Asheville, NC USA | 09/13/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"And high time. This is classic Hayward giving one of her finest of many great performances. Although every known actress in Hollywood wanted to play Lilian Roth's tragic story, Susan is the only candidate. A heavy drinker at the time and a near victim of an overdose of sleeping pills due to her turbulent divorce and custody battle, Hayward identified strongly with this role. Although Roth was under the assumption she would do the singing, Hayward makes her musical debut here. Her voice is throaty and gusty, much like the woman she was and she does each number with aplomb. This is the Oscar that got away. She deserved the one she received 3 years later, but should have won this one as well being an odds on favorite to win. She consoled herself with Cannes Film Festival Award for the best actress in the world--the first American female to win.
Jo Van Fleet makes an indelible impression as the pushy stagemother who never resorts to stereotypes. The high voltage confrontations between mother and daughter are unnerving and the film made during the heaving censored period, is gritty and spares no punches. Hayward is ugly and doesn't mind looking like a woman hitting the bottom of the bottler which makes her performance just that more convincing. It's hard to watch her at times when she hits skid row.
This movie was released in soundtrack CD and has been much sought after by fans and movie buffs and thanks to WB Home Video for finally making this a reality. This is Hayward's 3rd role as an alcholic (her first nomination in SMASH UP, and 2nd in MY FOOLISH HEART) were preludes to this realistic no nonsense performance by one of filmdom's greats.
A must watch for all! Thank you Warner Brothers for this fine MGM release."
Bio of singer/alcoholic & recovering, Lillian Roth.
Ellie Kligman | Van Nuys, CA USA | 02/10/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This is a true story of singer, Lillian Roth, her sinking into alcoholism, her abusive relationships with men, her hitting bottom and then recovery via. Alcoholica Anonymous.Susan Hayward is magnificent in the title roll as well as the other performers. This is also an introduction to Alcoholics Anonymous, a 12-step program, and the price it takes to get "sober."I enjoyed the film because of the honesty, the acting, and the music score. Everyone can relate to this story."