Smash-Up, the Story of a Woman

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Smash-Up, the Story of a Woman
Smash-Up (1947).jpg
theatrical release poster
Directed by Stuart Heisler
Produced by Walter Wanger
Written by Frank Cavett
John Howard Lawson
Dorothy Parker
Lionel Wiggam
Starring Susan Hayward
Eddie Albert
Music by Frank Skinner
Daniele Amfitheatrof (uncredited)
Cinematography Stanley Cortez
Edited by Milton Carruth
Production
  company
Universal International Pictures
Release date(s)
  • March 1947 (1947-03)
Running time 103 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $1,360,286[1]
Box office $2,301,555[1]

Smash-Up, the Story of a Woman (1947), also called A Woman Destroyed,[2] is a drama film which tells the story of a rising nightclub singer who marries another singer, whose career takes off, then falls into alcoholism after giving up her career for him. The film stars Susan Hayward, Lee Bowman, and Eddie Albert, and was written by Frank Cavett, John Howard Lawson, Dorothy Parker, and Lionel Wiggam, and was directed by Stuart Heisler. Ethel Wales appears in an uncredited part.

The film was nominated for Academy Awards for Best Actress in a Leading Role (Susan Hayward) and Best Writing, Original Story.

The story is loosely based on the life of Dixie Lee, the first wife of actor-singer Bing Crosby.

Plot[edit]

In a hospital, Angie Evans, her face bandaged, recounts the events that brought her here.

A nightclub singer, Angie becomes involved with another singer, Ken Conway, whose career has yet to take off. Her agent Mike Dawson helps get Ken and piano accompanist Steve Anderson a spot on a radio show singing cowboy songs. Ken sings a ballad on the day Angie, now his wife, gives birth to their daughter. The attention he gets leads to a new career opportunity.

Ken soon is a big success, gaining popularity and wealth, while Angie stays home, her career at a standstill. She begins to drink. Ken counts on her to present a sophisticated image for his new high-society friends and contacts, but her alcoholism worsens, so secretary Martha Gray comes to Ken's aid.

It isn't long before Angie is certain an affair has begun with Martha and her husband. Steve tries to intervene on Angie's behalf, but he can see Martha has fallen in love with Ken.

Angie neglects the child, continues to drink, then creates a scene at a party. Ken asks for a divorce and custody. A fire starts from a lit cigarette of hers, shortly after she kidnaps their daughter from a nurse, results in Angie's suffering serious facial burns while saving the child.

There may be no hope, but Ken tries to stand by his wife as her life hits rock bottom.

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Reception[edit]

The film lost $111,664 in its initial release.[1]

References[edit]

Notes

  1. ^ a b c Matthew Bernstein, Walter Wagner: Hollywood Independent, Minnesota Press, 2000 p443
  2. ^ Higham, Charles; Greenberg, Joel (1968). Hollywood in the Forties. London: A. Zwemmer Limited. p. 83. 

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