The Country Girl

The Country Girl

George Seaton (1954)

99min
PG Certificate
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Review

Our Score
This is the film that won Grace Kelly her best actress Oscar, playing the wife of alcoholic has-been Bing Crosby. William Holden plays the theatre director who becomes embroiled with Kelly, which provides the film an extra piquancy: in real life, Kelly was romantically involved with both men. Clifford Odets's original play may be turgid, but director George Seaton won an Academy Award for his adapted screenplay. The leads are excellent, though many felt Kelly's Oscar should have gone instead to Judy Garland for A Star is Born. According to Groucho Marx, it was "the greatest robbery since Brink's".

Summary

A director persuades a washed-up actor and singer to star in his new musical, but finds his leading man is unable to cope with the pressure, and has developed a drinking problem. He tries to help the performer regain his confidence, but becomes convinced his wife is to blame for his anxiety. Drama, starring Bing Crosby, William Holden and an Oscar-winning Grace Kelly.

Cast & Crew

Frank Elgin Bing Crosby
Georgie Elgin Grace Kelly
Bernie Dodd William Holden
Philip Cook Anthony Ross
Larry Gene Reynolds
Ed Eddie Ryder
Paul Unger Robert Kent
Henry Johnson John W Reynolds
Director George Seaton
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Other Information

Language: EnglishBlack and whiteTheatrical distributor: Paramount Film Service LtdAvailable on: DVD
Drama