Jeanne Eagels

1957

Jeanne Eagels

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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

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Cast

Kim Novak
as Jeanne Eagels
Jeff Chandler
as Sal Satori
Agnes Moorehead
as Nellie 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
Will Wright
as Marshal
Sheridan Comerate
as Actor, Confederate Officer
Lowell Gilmore
as Rev. Dr. Davidson
Juney Ellis
as Mrs. Davidson
Jules Davis
as Mr. Horn
Florence MacAfee
as Mrs. McPhail
'Snub' Pollard
as Quartermaster Bates
John Tarangelo
as Pvt. Griggs
Bert Spencer
as Dr. McPhail
Richard Harrison
as Cpl. Hodgson
Ward Wood
as Stage Manager
June C. Ellis
as Mrs. Davidson
Myrtle Anderson
as Jeanne's Maid
Michael Dante
as Sgt. O'Hara
George N. Neise
as Jerry the Traveling Salesman
Bill Couch
as Barker
Sam Finn
as Barker
Pat Mowry
as Hefty Bathing Beauty
Junius Matthews
as Court Clerk
Harry De Vere
as Police Sergeant
Tom McKee
as Police Lieutenant
Eleanor Audley
as Sob Sister
Myna Cunard
as Neilson Maid
Bob Hopkins
as Reporter
John Celentano
as Satori's Son
Tom Nolan
as Satori's Son
Raymond Greenleaf
as Elderly Lawyer
Doris Lloyd
as Mrs. Corliss
Carlyle Mitchell
as Equity Spokesman
James Gonzales
as Equity Man
Jennifer Lea
as Young Ingenue at Equity Trial
Hellen Van Tuyl
as Great Lady on Equity Board
Brad Jackson
as Young Man on Equity Board
Lillian Culver
as Equity Board woman
Alyn Lockwood
as Rosalie Satori
Deon Robb
as Satori's Daughter
Rebecca Godinez
as Satori's Daughter
Helen Van Tuyl
as Great Lady on Equity Board
Hal Le Sueur
as Disgruntled Man
Leon Tyler
as Bellhop
Theodore Marcuse
as Dr. Richards
Giselle D'Arc
as French Maid
Lee Trent
as Leading Man on Equity Board
Kenneth Gibson
as Middle-Aged Man
Jean Vachon
as Middle-Aged Woman
Whitey Haupt
as Wise Teenager
Paul De Rolf
as Wise Teenager
Larry Larson
as Wise Teenager
Gary Pagett
as Wise Teenager
Nanette Fabray
as Teenage Girl
Brenda Lomas
as Teenage Girl
Eugene Jackson
as Piccaninny
Jimmy Murphy
as Assistant Director
Cosmo Sardo
as Reporter
Walter Conrad
as Reporter
William 'Tex' Carr
as Specialty Fire Eater
Frank Borzage
as Director
Lou Borzage
as Assistant Director
Jack Ano
as Soldier
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