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Interrupted Melody (1955)





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Interrupted Melody is the inspirational filmed biography of world-renowned Australian soprano Marjorie Lawrence. Eleanor Parker plays Ms. Farrell, while her vocal renditions, ranging from selections from Madame Butterfly to MGM's own Over the Rainbow, were dubbed by Eileen Farrell, who would be with the Met from 1960-1966. The story traces Marjorie's long, hard road to the top, her success on two continents, and her turbulent marriage to American doctor Thomas King. While touring South America, Lawrence is stricken with polio, which not only abruptly ends her career but briefly robs her of the will to live. The rest of the film is devoted to Ms. Lawrence's emergence from depression and her triumphant comeback. William Ludwig and Sonya Levien shared an Academy Award for their cinemadaptation of Marjorie Lawrence's autobiography.more
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Musical & Performing Arts, Classics
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Written By: Sonya Levien, William Ludwig, Marjorie Lawrence
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On DVD: Jul 20, 1994


Eleanor Parker
as Marjorie Lawrence
Glenn Ford
as Dr. Thomas King
Roger Moore
as Cyril Lawrence
Cecil Kellaway
as Bill Lawrence
Peter Leeds
as Dr. Ed Ryson
Ann Codee
as Mme. Gilly
Stephen Bekassy
as Comte Claude des Vig...
Fiona Hale
as Eileen Lawrence
Doris Lloyd
as Volunteer Worker
Alex Frazer
as Adjudicator
Penny Santon
as Gilly Secretary
Gabor Curtiz
as Tenor's Manager
André Charlot
as M. Bertrand
Paul McGuire
as Metropolitan Cashier
Charles R. Keane
as Ted Lawrence
Jack Raine
as Mr. Norson
Frieda Stoll
as Accompanist
Gloria Rhodes
as Mrs. Schultz
Stuart Whitman
as Man on Beach
Eileen Farrell
as Vocal student
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Growing up, when you watch a James Bond movie, do you think about the quality of the acting? Not me. As a kid watching someone like Roger Moore play Bond, the only thing I thought about was the quality of the action. True, the plot of a Bond film may become problematic when you get old enough to think about it, but even as an adult, I can't say I'll see a Roger Moore Bond movie in order to critique his acting job. This may be the very first time I've seen Moore in anything other than a Bond or a Simon Templar role, and The Saint TV series is another place where I put judging acting on hold. Moore is excellent as Eleanor Parker's very attentive manager-brother. That's a bonus here. For opera buffs, this is a must-see for the opera highlight numbers performed by Parker lip-synching Marjorie Lawrence's beautiful voice. A very convincing job by Parker. While Glenn Ford will probably never make my top actors list, he is as good here as I've seen him, playing the very supportive husband role. Remember that this is based on Lawrence's autobiography; we should all hope to have a spouse like this.

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An okay tale of Marjorie Lawrence. The flight out of Australia and a very country type of existence to the world of America. It nonetheless doesn't seem to stick with you very long after seeing the film.

John Ballantine
John Ballantine

Super Reviewer


Very melodramatic biography of Marjorie Lawrence, but Eleanor Parker really does a terrific job in one of her best roles. A notch above the typical 1950's tearjerker. Good production, fine art direction, make-up and costumes.

James Higgins

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