With a Song in My Heart

With a Song in My Heart

Walter Lang (1952)

116min
U Certificate
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Review

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Some of the finest song standards ever written turn up in this fine Technicolor wallow, purportedly the true, tragic (but inspiring) life story of singer Jane Froman who rose from radio commercials to universal acclaim in the 1930s, but was then badly injured in a wartime plane crash. It's Froman's voice on the soundtrack, and lip-synching the vocals with credible conviction is Susan Hayward, usually better known for glamorous dramatics and here displaying character-steel as only she can, earning a best actress Oscar nomination in the process. An Oscar did go to brilliant musical director Alfred Newman, and mention should also be made of the notable star-making performance from a very young Robert Wagner as a shell-shocked soldier. An immensely popular movie, finely performed and intelligently crafted, and typical of the 20th Century-Fox period biopic at its professional best.

Summary

Musical biopic of 1940s singer Jane Froman, who became famous as a radio performer alongside her pianist husband, but was left unable to walk without crutches after a plane crash. Refusing to let this stand in the way of her singing career, she went on to entertain the troops during the Second World War. Starring Susan Hayward and David Wayne.

Cast & Crew

Jane Froman Susan Hayward
John Burns Rory Calhoun
Don Ross David Wayne
Clancy Thelma Ritter
GI Paratrooper Robert Wagner
Jennifer March Helen Westcott
Sister Marie Una Merkel
Dancer Richard Allan
Guild Max Showalter
Radio Director Lyle Talbot
General Leif Erickson
Diplomat Stanley Logan
Jane Froman Jane Froman
Director Walter Lang
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: 20th Century Fox Film Co. Ltd
Drama Music