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Kim Novak is clearly out of her depth as legendary Broadway actress Jeanne Eagels, but one can't fault her for trying very hard. As this filmed biography gets under way, wide-eyed Eagels finds herself stranded in a tank town by a smooth-talking traveling salesman. Carnival operator Sal Satori hires Eagels as a kootch dancer, but her ambition is to become a serious dramatic actress. When she and Sal reach New York, she signs up for acting lessons under the tutelage of a Mme. Neilson (Agnes Moorehead). Before long, Jeanne is understudying on Broadway, and in 1922 she takes audiences and critics by storm with her unforgettable portrayal of Sadie Thompson in Rain, a role she landed by ruthlessly double-crossing the actress originally slated for the part (Virginia Grey). When her rival commits suicide, the chastened Jeanne turns to booze and drugs to assuage her conscience. The real-life Jeanne Eagels died of narcotics addiction in 1929, a fact that the Hollywood version skims over. Eagels' family sued Columbia Pictures over the "distortions" offered in Jeanne Eagels. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Cast

Kim Novak
as Jeanne Eagels
Jeff Chandler
as Sal Satori
Agnes Moorehead
as Mme. Neilson
Charles Drake
as John Donahue
Larry Gates
as Al Brooks
Virginia Grey
as Elsie Desmond
Gene Lockhart
as Equity Board President
Joe de Santis
as Frank Satori
Murray Hamilton
as Chick O'Hara
Myrtle Anderson
as Jeanne's Maid
Beulah Archuletta
as Mrs. Horn
Eleanor Audley
as Sob Sister
Frank Borzage
as Director
Sheridan Comerate
as Actor/Confederate Officer
Walter Conrad
Michael Dante
as Sgt. O'Hara
Jules Davis
as Mr. Horn
June C. Ellis
as Mrs. Davidson
Nanette Fabray
as Teen Age Girl
Myrna Fahey
Sam Finn
Richard Gaines
as Judge
Kenneth Gibson
as Middle-Aged Man
Lowell Gilmore
as Rev. Dr. Davidson
Raymond Greenleaf
as Elderly Lawyer
Richard Harrison
as Cpl. Hodgson
Judd Holdren
as Actor
Jennifer Lea
as Young Ingenue at Equity Trial
George Lewis
as Foreman
Doris Lloyd
as Mrs. Corliss
Alyn Lockwood
as Rosalie Satori
Florence MacAfee
as Mrs. McPhail
Theo Marcuse
as Dr. Richards
Junius Matthews
as Court Clerk
Joseph Mell
as Kevin
Carlyle Mitchell
as Equity Spokesman
Irving Mitchell
as Lawyer
George Neise
as Jerry the Traveling Salesman
Tom Nolan
as Satori's Sons
Gary Pagett
as Wise Teenager
Cosmo Sardo
Lee Trent
as Leading Man on Equity Board
Joe Turkel
as Eddie
Leon Tyler
as Bellhop
Ward Wood
as Stage Manager
Will Wright
as Marshal
John Tarangelo
as Pvt. Griggs
Walter Ridge
as Barker
Myna Cunard
as Neilson Maid
Frances Driver
as Maid
Joy Stoner
as Girl
Hal LeSueur
as Disgruntled Man
Giselle D'Arc
as French Maid
Jean Vachon
as Middle-Aged Woman
Whitey Haupt
Lillian Culver
as Equity Board woman
George Neise
as Jerry the Traveling Salesman
Michael Dante
as Sgt. O'Hara
Lillian Culver
as Equity Board woman
Myna Cunard
as Neilson Maid
Richard Gaines
as Judge
Walter Ridge
as Barker
Jennifer Lea
as Young Ingenue at Equity Trial
Eleanor Audley
as Sob Sister
Joseph Mell
as Kevin
Beulah Archuletta
as Mrs. Horn
Jean Vachon
as Middle-Aged Woman
Gary Pagett
as Wise Teenager
Raymond Greenleaf
as Elderly Lawyer
Nanette Fabray
as Teen Age Girl
Joe Turkel
as Eddie
Alyn Lockwood
as Rosalie Satori
Frank Borzage
as Director
Jules Davis
as Mr. Horn
Hal LeSueur
as Disgruntled Man
Florence MacAfee
as Mrs. McPhail
June C. Ellis
as Mrs. Davidson
Carlyle Mitchell
as Equity Spokesman
Frances Driver
as Maid
Will Wright
as Marshal
Joy Stoner
as Girl
John Tarangelo
as Pvt. Griggs
Lee Trent
as Leading Man on Equity Board
Lowell Gilmore
as Rev. Dr. Davidson
Junius Matthews
as Court Clerk
Theo Marcuse
as Dr. Richards
Sheridan Comerate
as Actor/Confederate Officer
Giselle D'Arc
as French Maid
Judd Holdren
as Actor
Richard Harrison
as Cpl. Hodgson
Ward Wood
as Stage Manager
Leon Tyler
as Bellhop
George Lewis
as Foreman
Doris Lloyd
as Mrs. Corliss
Tom Nolan
as Satori's Sons
Kenneth Gibson
as Middle-Aged Man
Myrtle Anderson
as Jeanne's Maid
Irving Mitchell
as Lawyer

Crew

George Sidney
Director
George Sidney
Producer
Sonya Levien
Screenwriter
Daniel Fuchs
Screenwriter
John Fante
Screenwriter
Robert Planck
Cinematographer
Morris W. Stoloff
Musical Direction/Supervision
George Duning
Composer (Music Score)
Viola Lawrence
Editor
Jerome Thoms
Editor
Ross Bellah
Art Director
Jean Louis
Costume Designer
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