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I Could Go on Singing (1963)

Not Rated | | Drama, Musical | 11 October 1963 (Finland)
Jenny Bowman (Judy Garland) is a successful singer who, while on an engagement at the London Palladium, visits David Donne (Sir Dirk Bogarde) to see her son Matt (Gregory Phillips) again, ... See full summary »

Director:

Ronald Neame

Writers:

Robert Dozier (story), Mayo Simon (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview:
Judy Garland ... Jenny Bowman
Dirk Bogarde ... David Donne
Jack Klugman ... George
Aline MacMahon ... Ida
Gregory Phillips Gregory Phillips ... Matt
Russell Waters Russell Waters ... Reynolds
Pauline Jameson ... Miss Plimpton
Jeremy Burnham ... Young Hospital Doctor
Eric Woodburn Eric Woodburn ... Verger
Robert Rietty Robert Rietty ... Palladium Stage Manager
Gerald Sim ... Joe - Assistant Mgr. at the Palladium
David Lee David Lee ... Pianist
Leon Cortez Leon Cortez ... The Busker
Al Paul Al Paul ... Al Paul - Jenny's Makeup Artist
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Storyline

Jenny Bowman (Judy Garland) is a successful singer who, while on an engagement at the London Palladium, visits David Donne (Sir Dirk Bogarde) to see her son Matt (Gregory Phillips) again, spending a few glorious days with him while his father is away in Rome in an attempt to attain the family that she never had. When David returns, Matt is torn between his loyalty to his father and his affection for Jenny. Written by John Teo <jt224@cam.ac.uk>

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IT'S JUDY! Lighting up the lonely stage in the singing-acting role of her life! See more »

Genres:

Drama | Musical

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 October 1963 (Finland) See more »

Also Known As:

The Lonely Stage See more »

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Production Co:

Barbican Films See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

In a 1986 interview with Russell Harty, Sir Dirk Bogarde claimed that he re-wrote the scenes he shared with Judy Garland extensively as "they were so awful". He also claimed that by the end of shooting, the crew would refer to Garland as "it" because her behavior had become so bad. See more »

Quotes

Jenny Bowman: And if you do go, don't drink the martinis.
David Donne: No.
Jenny Bowman: Because they're half gasoline.
David Donne: And you've had enough.
Jenny Bowman: I've had enough to float Fire Island. Does it show?
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Connections

Featured in American Masters: Judy Garland: By Myself (2004) See more »

Soundtracks

I COULD GO ON SINGING
Music by Harold Arlen
Lyrics by E.Y. Harburg
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Fine Film Legacy . . .
14 December 2004 | by leslieadamsSee all my reviews

. . . to a great artist: Judy Garland. At the end of her fabulous, unparalleled career, Garland made this swansong. Under-appreciated at the time of its release, it now grows in stature, like fine wine aging.

Medical experts warned Judy would never sing again in the early fifties before she made the astonishing "A Star is Born." Then she went on to her historic national concert tours, and fifteen years after "Star" she made "I Could Go on Singing."

Defying all predictions about her career, Garland triumphed. True, it wasn't easy, for her or her fellow actors and crew. Somehow, though, she just kept bouncing back, overcoming the most formidable obstacles.

Here she's supported by an excellent cast headed by Dirk Bogard in a very strong performance. Ronald Neame's direction is on-target, though the script is a bit uneven. Yet the film is looking better and better, and viewers are growing in their appreciation of this legacy of one of the 20th century's most talented and beloved artists.


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