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She's Back on Broadway (1953)

Approved | | Comedy, Musical | 14 March 1953 (USA)
When her Hollywood career fails, an actress returns to Broadway and tries for a comeback in a stage show directed by her former lover.

Director:

Gordon Douglas

Writer:

Orin Jannings
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Virginia Mayo ... Catherine Terris
Gene Nelson ... Gordon Evans
Frank Lovejoy ... John Webber
Steve Cochran ... Rick Sommers
Patrice Wymore ... Karen Keene
Virginia Gibson ... Angela Korinna
Larry Keating ... Mitchell Parks
Paul Picerni ... Jud Kellogg
Nedrick Young ... Rafferty
Jacqueline deWit ... Lisa Kramer
Steve Condos Steve Condos ... Specialty Dancer (as Condos)
Jerry Brandow Jerry Brandow ... Specialty Dancer (as Brandow)
Douglas Spencer ... Lew Ludlow
Mabel Albertson ... Velma Trumbull
Lenny Sherman Lenny Sherman ... Ernest Tandy
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When Catherine Terris's career in Hollywood hits the skids, she heads back to the site of her first great triumphs...Broadway! She takes the lead in a play which is being directed by Gordon Evans, the man who was both her Svengali and her lover. Evans is still bitter that she walked out on him to become the toast of Hollywood years earlier. Can Terris and Evans put aside their mutual animosity long enough to make a go of this production. The way things start off, it doesn't seem likely... Written by Alfred Jingle

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Comedy | Musical

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 March 1953 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Aamiainen vuoteeseen See more »

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Warner Bros. See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Color:

Color (WarnerColor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Steve Cochran and Virginia Mayo worked together in the classic films, The Best Years of Our Lives and White Heat. In both, Virginia cheated on husbands Dana Andrews and James Cagney with Cochran. See more »

Soundtracks

Breakfast in Bed
(uncredited)
Music by Carl Sigman
Lyrics by Bob Hilliard
Performed by Virginia Mayo (dubbed by Bonnie Lou Williams (uncredited))
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Musical comedy drama
19 July 2011 | by marcslopeSee all my reviews

Warners, I guess, wanted this backstage musical to have a little more heft and gravitas than their Doris Day standard at the time. So along with the usual production numbers and leggy chorus girls and backstage wisecracks, they grafted a rather serious story of a chorus-cutie-turned-movie-star and her Pygmalion director and their rather somber and complicated history together. Virginia Mayo and Steve Cochran play it competently, but it's just not very interesting, and the outcome is never in doubt. He's billed below both Gene Nelson and Frank Lovejoy, but neither of them has much to do, and there's a great deal of footage of Cochran sulking, drinking, and vacillating between Mayo and Patrice Wymore, who actually seems a better fit. That's a problem: You don't really want to see Mayo and Cochran end up together, especially as it leaves Wymore and Larry Keating, as Mayo's lovestruck agent, with nobody. One appreciates the effort at wringing real emotion out of a backstager, but there's no denying, it doesn't really work. Insipid songs--did Bob Hilliard ever write a good lyric in his life?--and perfunctory direction by Gordon Douglas don't help.


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