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      Smash-Up: The Story of a Woman

      Released Apr 10, 1947 1h 43m Drama List
      Reviews 57% Audience Score 100+ Ratings Nightclub singer Angie Evans (Susan Hayward) puts aside her successful career to marry struggling songwriter Ken Conway (Lee Bowman). Inspired by the birth of their daughter, Ken plays one of his ballads on a morning radio show, and his career explodes. As a stay-at-home wife and mother, Angie finds her shaky self-confidence slipping. Convinced Ken is having an affair with his secretary (Marsha Hunt), Angie begins drinking. When Ken files for divorce, Angie responds by kidnapping their daughter. Read More Read Less

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      Emanuel Levy EmanuelLevy.Com Susan Hayward received the first of her five Best Actress nominations for this melodrama (woman's picture) in which she plays a fallen woman. Rated: B- Jul 23, 2011 Full Review Phil Hall Film Threat Susan Hayward in an early, sudsy melodramatic peak. Rated: 2.5/5 May 30, 2008 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Fountain B Amazing performance from Susan Hayward. Excellent topic, bringing a problem which many, poor and rich, suffer, to the surface. I understood by watching this film that Alcoholism is an illness. I'm very grateful for it, I understand now the struggles some people close to me have gone through. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 11/25/23 Full Review deke p 1947! Susan Hayward, glookn. She a wife gone incorrigibly drunk, lush. Went on & on. I would have left her. But this was 47. Still, she did great acting. Never heard of this ODD sounding movie title. EDDIE ALBERT! in supporting role. Saw it on Movie channel 12.20.2021 SPOILER ALERT: HAPPY ENDING. Cuz the couple got together after she said she'd never drink again after her negligence almost burned her baby alive. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 03/30/23 Full Review Audience Member Well, if you liked what Nomadland had to offer--cold desolation, brutal isolation, false promises, hopelessness, terminal illness, humiliation, bad music---then you'll love this. Susan Hayward really knocks 'em down--one after the other, after the other, after the other, ad nauseum. Like Francis McDormand, the lady can act. If only the ladies had a decent story to put their talents to good use. Anyway, it's a long slog, so pour yourself a stiff one. You'll need it, I assure you... Rated 0.5 out of 5 stars 01/30/23 Full Review Tom M Hayword is deserving of the Oscar nomination but the film is dull and far too predictable. Eddie Albert is notable in support. Rated 2 out of 5 stars 12/23/20 Full Review Audience Member Pretty good film, although somewhat similar to Hayward's other Oscar-nominated performance, I'll Cry Tomorrow (where I believe she gave a better performance). However, Hayward's acting is still pretty good, especially in the famous fight scene against Marsha Hunt's character. The film gives a somewhat interesting take on alcoholism, where both party's are at fault, not just the alcoholic's actions (which is shown in most films). Not a very memorable film, but a well-acted, written and directed piece of filmmaking. Hayward was Oscar-nominated in this role. I have not seen the winner's (Loretta Young) performance and Crawford's performance. However, out of the three performance I have seen for Best Actress from that year, I believe Hayward gave the best performance, followed by Russell for Mourning Becomes Electra and then McGuire for Gentleman's Agreement. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 02/11/23 Full Review steve d Well acted but no better than a million others just like it. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 03/30/23 Full Review Read all reviews Post a rating

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      Synopsis Nightclub singer Angie Evans (Susan Hayward) puts aside her successful career to marry struggling songwriter Ken Conway (Lee Bowman). Inspired by the birth of their daughter, Ken plays one of his ballads on a morning radio show, and his career explodes. As a stay-at-home wife and mother, Angie finds her shaky self-confidence slipping. Convinced Ken is having an affair with his secretary (Marsha Hunt), Angie begins drinking. When Ken files for divorce, Angie responds by kidnapping their daughter.
      Director
      Stuart Heisler
      Producer
      Walter Wanger
      Screenwriter
      Dorothy Parker, Frank Cavett, John Howard Lawson
      Production Co
      Universal International Pictures
      Genre
      Drama
      Original Language
      English
      Release Date (Theaters)
      Apr 10, 1947, Limited
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Aug 11, 2016
      Runtime
      1h 43m
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