Tuesday, January 18, 2011
Humoresque(1947). Cast: Joan Crawford, John Garfield, Oscar Levant, J. Carroll Nash, Joan Chandler, Tom D'Andrea, Peggy Knudsen, Ruth Nelson, Craig Stevens, Paul Cavanaugh, Richard Gaines, John Abbott, Bobby Blake, Tommy Cook, Don McGuire, Fritz Leiber, Peg La Centra, Nestor Paiva, Richard Walsh.
Based on a story by Fannie Hurst (first published in the book Humoresque and Other Stories, 1919). Screenplay: Clifford Odets and Zachary Gold. Producer: Jerry Wald. Director: Jean Negulesco. Musical Director: Leo F. Forbstein. Music Advisor: Isaac Stern. Joan's costumes: Adrian. Editor: Rudi Fehr. Awards: 1947 Oscar nomination for Best Music, Scoring of a Dramatic or Comedy Picture: Franz Waxman.
Violinist Paul Boray, first becomes interested in the violin as a child when he receives it as a birthday present. Phil, Paul's older brother, resents the fact that Paul spends his time practicing, instead of working in the family grocery store.
Paul, finds a job with a radio orchestra, but.. things don't work out because he thinks he is ready to make his concert debut. His friend Sid, suggests that he attend a party at the home of socialites Helen and Victor Wright, where he might meet the right people like Helen, who introduces him to Bauer.
Soon, Paul becomes a successful performer and he and Helen fall in love. When Helen talks things over with his mother Esther, she reminds Helen about her three previous failed marriages and begs her to leave Paul alone.
One night, while Paul is performing on the radio, a drunken Helen realizes that she maybe holding him back. You see on Crawford's face, her loneliness of being in an unhappy marriage and pain of being in a forbidden relationship. The final scene when Helen walks along the ocean was dark and beautiful at the same time.