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Interrupted Melody
Interrupted Melody
is a 1955 biographical musical film in CinemaScope and Technicolor, which tells the story of Australian opera singer Marjorie Lawrence's struggle with polio. The film was released by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, directed by Curtis Bernhardt and produced by Jack Cummings from a screenplay by Marjorie Lawrence, Sonya Levien, and William Ludwig. The operatic sequences were staged by Vladimir Rosing. The film stars Glenn Ford, Eleanor Parker, Roger Moore
Roger Moore
and Cecil Kellaway. The singing voice of Lawrence was provided by Eileen Farrell; Farrell also appears on screen as a student struggling to hit a high note in a scene with the singing teacher Mme. Gilly (Ann Codee).

Contents

1 Plot summary 2 Cast 3 Production 4 Reception

4.1 Box Office 4.2 Awards

5 Musical tracks 6 See also 7 References 8 External links

Plot summary[edit]

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The story traces Marjorie's (Eleanor Parker) long, hard road to the top, her success on two continents, and her turbulent marriage to American doctor Thomas King (Glenn Ford). While touring South America in 1941, Lawrence is stricken with polio, which not only abruptly ends her career but briefly robs her of the will to live.[4] Cast[edit]

Glenn Ford
Glenn Ford
as Dr. Thomas King Eleanor Parker
Eleanor Parker
as Marjorie Lawrence Roger Moore
Roger Moore
as Cyril Lawrence Cecil Kellaway
Cecil Kellaway
as Bill Lawrence Peter Leeds
Peter Leeds
as Dr. Ed Ryson Evelyn Ellis
Evelyn Ellis
as Clara Walter Baldwin
Walter Baldwin
as Jim Owens Ann Codee
Ann Codee
as Mme. Gilly Leopold Sachse as Himself Stephen Bekassy
Stephen Bekassy
as Comte Claude des Vignaux

Production[edit] According to Eleanor Parker, the filmmakers could not use Marjorie Lawrence's voice because she had lost her upper register. The singing was done by Eileen Farrell, who plays a small part in the film. Glenn Ford would only appear in the film if he got top billing. Parker says "I wanted to do what was right for the picture so I said let him have the top billing. Glenn was a kind of a difficult man, but he was right for the picture and a very fine actor."[5] Reception[edit] Box Office[edit] According to MGM records the film made $1,801,000 in the US and Canada and $2,227,000 overseas resulting in a profit of $101,000.[2] Awards[edit] It won the Academy Award for Writing Original Screenplay, and was nominated for Best Actress in a Leading Role (Eleanor Parker) and Best Costume Design, Color for Helen Rose. Musical tracks[edit] Parker could read music and had a firm soprano voice with perfect pitch. She prepared for the singing aspect of her role by listening to the numbers for weeks and she sang them during the filming in full voice instead of just lip-synching.[6] Walter Ducloux conducted the MGM Studio Symphony Orchestra. MGM published a selection of eleven numbers on an original motion picture soundtrack album.

"O don fatale" from Verdi's Don Carlos Act 1 finale from Verdi's Il trovatore "Un bel dì" from Puccini's Madama Butterfly "Habanera" from Bizet's Carmen "Seguidilla" from Carmen "Mon cœur s'ouvre à ta voix" from Saint-Saëns' Samson and Delilah Brünnhilde's Immolation Scene
Brünnhilde's Immolation Scene
from Wagner's Götterdämmerung Excerpts from Wagner's Tristan und Isolde "Annie Laurie" by Alicia Scott "Over the Rainbow" by Harold Arlen "Voi que sapete" from Mozart's The Marriage of Figaro Medley: "Anchors Aweigh" by Charles A. Zimmermann; "Marines' Hymn", based on works by Jacques Offenbach; "Don't Sit Under the Apple Tree" by Sam H. Stept "Quando me'n vo'" (Musetta's Waltz) from Puccini's La bohème "Waltzing Matilda", traditional

See also[edit]

List of American films of 1955

References[edit]

^ Griffin, Helga M. Australian Dictionary of Biography. National Centre of Biography, Australian National University. Retrieved 19 January 2017 – via Australian Dictionary of Biography.  ^ a b c The Eddie Mannix Ledger, Los Angeles: Margaret Herrick Library, Center for Motion Picture Study . ^ Domestic take see also "The Top Box-Office Hits of 1955", Variety Weekly, January 25, 1956. ^ " Interrupted Melody
Interrupted Melody
(1955) - Curtis Bernhardt - Synopsis, Characteristics, Moods, Themes and Related - AllMovie". Retrieved 19 January 2017.  ^ "Eleanor Parker: Incognito, but Invincible" (PDF). Noir City Sentinel. Summer 2010. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2016-10-19.  ^ "Eleanor Parker: More Than Just the Sound of Music Baroness" by Richard Corliss, Time, December 20, 2013

External links[edit]

Interrupted Melody
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on IMDb Interrupted Melody
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at AllMovie Interrupted Melody
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at the TCM Movie Database Interrupted Melody
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at the American Film Institute Catalog Intro/outro to Interrupted Melody
Interrupted Melody
with Robert Osborne
Robert Osborne
and Renée Fleming, Turner Classic Movies Original trailer

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Films directed by Curtis Bernhardt

Nameless Heroes (1925) Orphan of Lowood (1926) Torments of the Night (1926) Children's Souls Accuse You (1927) The Girl with the Five Zeros (1927) The Prince of Rogues (1928) The Last Fort (1929) The Woman One Longs For
The Woman One Longs For
(1929) The Man Who Murdered (1931) The Rebel (1932) The Tunnel (1933) The Tunnel (1933) Gold in the Street
Gold in the Street
(1934) The Beloved Vagabond (1936) Night in December (1940) My Love Came Back
My Love Came Back
(1940) Lady with Red Hair (1940) Million Dollar Baby (1941) Juke Girl
Juke Girl
(1942) Happy Go Lucky (1943) Conflict (1945) My Reputation
My Reputation
(1946) Devotion (1946) A Stolen Life (1946) Possessed (1947) High Wall
High Wall
(1947) The Doctor and the Girl (1949) Payment on Demand
Payment on Demand
(1951) Sirocco (1951) The Blue Veil (1951) The Merry Widow (1952) Miss Sadie Thompson
Miss Sadie Thompson
(1953) Beau Brummell (1954) Interrupted Melody
Interrupted Melody
(1955) Gaby (1956) Damon and Pythias (1962) Kisses for My Pres

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