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Bing Crosby does the Academy Award-bid bit in the atypical role of a self-pitying alcoholic, but it was his co-star, a deglamorized Grace Kelly, who won the Oscar for her performance in Grace Kelly. This adaptation of Clifford Odets' play stars Crosby as Frank Elgin, a once-famous Broadway star who's hit the skids. Hotshot young director Bernie Dodd (William Holden), a longtime admirer of Elgin, tries to get the old-timer back on his feet with a starring role in a new play. But Dodd must contend with Elgin's hard, suspicious wife Georgie, who seemingly runs roughshod over her husband. Dodd holds Georgie responsible for Elgin's lack of self-confidence and his reliance upon the bottle--a suspicion fueled by Elgin himself, who insists that Georgie has been suicidal ever since the death of their son. When Elgin goes on a monumental bender during the play's out-of-town tryouts, the truth comes out: it is Elgin who is suicidal, and Georgie has been the glue that has held him together. Adopting a now-or-never stance, Dodd forces Elgin to stay off the sauce long enough for the play to open--and, in spite of himself, falls in love with Georgie. A few Hollywood liberties were taken with the Odets original, including a slightly altered ending. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

  • Release date:May 17, 1955

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Roland Anderson Best Black and White Art Direction 1954 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Sam Comer Best Black and White Art Direction 1954 Nominee
National Board of Review Bing Crosby Best Actor 1954 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Bing Crosby Best Actor 1954 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences William Perlberg Best Picture 1954 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences George Seaton Best Screenplay 1954 Winner
Directors Guild of America George Seaton Best Director 1954 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences George Seaton Best Director 1954 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Hal Pereira Best Black and White Art Direction 1954 Nominee
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Grace Kelly Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama 1954 Winner
National Board of Review Grace Kelly Best Actress 1954 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Grace Kelly Best Actress 1954 Winner
New York Film Critics Circle Grace Kelly Best Actress 1954 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Grace Gregory Best Black and White Art Direction 1954 Nominee

Cast

Bing Crosby
as Frank Elgin
Grace Kelly
as Georgie Elgin
William Holden
as Bernie Dodd
Anthony Ross
as Phil Cook
Gene Reynolds
as Larry
Jacqueline Fontaine
as Singer and Actress
Eddie Ryder
as Ed
Robert Kent
as Paul Linger
Ida Moore
as Woman
Frank Scannell
as Bartender
Ruth Rickaby
as Second Woman
Hal K. Dawson
as Actor
Howard Joslin
as Actor
Charles Tannen
as Photographer
Allan Douglas
as Mian
Jon Provost
as Jimmie
Don Dunning
as Expressman
Max Wagner
as Expressman
Bob Alden
as Bellboy
Richard Keene
as Actor
Jack Kenney
as Actor
Bob Alden
as Bellboy
Richard Keene
as Actor

Crew

George Seaton
Director
George Seaton
Producer
William Perlberg
Producer
George Seaton
Screenwriter
Clifford Odets
Play Author
Victor Young
Composer (Music Score)
Harold Arlen
Songwriter
Ira Gershwin
Songwriter
Ellsworth Hoagland
Editor
Roland Anderson
Art Director
Hal Pereira
Art Director
Sam Comer
Set Designer
Grace Gregory
Set Designer
Edith Head
Costume Designer
John P. Fulton
Special Effects
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