Torch Song
First screened in August 2006 / Most recently screened in March 2016
Director: Charles Walters. Cast: Joan Crawford, Michael Wilding, Harry Morgan, James Todd, Eugene Loring, Paul Guilfoyle, Gig Young, Dorothy Patrick, Marjorie Rambeau, Nancy Gates, Maidie Norman, Chris Warfield, Peter Chong, voice of India Adams. Screenplay: John Michael Hayes and Jan Lustig (based on the story by I.A.R. Wylie).

Twitter Capsule: A 30s plot in wide, colorful, mismanaged 50s frames. Is its weird lack of energy a pervasive flaw or a deliberate tone?

VOR:   Is the movie trying to strike a blow for the romantic lives of disabled men? Does it succeed? What's with the blackface? Is Crawford meant to look so strained? Fascinating footnote.

Photo © 1953 Metro Goldwyn Mayer

Not yet reviewed in full. C

Academy Award Nominations:
Best Supporting Actress: Marjorie Rambeau

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