Smash-Up: The Story of a Woman

Overview

A woman struggles to reassemble her broken life in this drama that features Susan Hayward in her first starring role. The woman started out as a night-club singer, but abandoned her career after marrying a budding radio star. At first she does everything she can to insure his success, but when he finally hits the big-time, the woman finds herself deeply depressed and turning toward the bottle for solace because he is increasingly absent from her life. She becomes a full-fledged alcoholic and her husband, unable ...
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Overview

A woman struggles to reassemble her broken life in this drama that features Susan Hayward in her first starring role. The woman started out as a night-club singer, but abandoned her career after marrying a budding radio star. At first she does everything she can to insure his success, but when he finally hits the big-time, the woman finds herself deeply depressed and turning toward the bottle for solace because he is increasingly absent from her life. She becomes a full-fledged alcoholic and her husband, unable to take it anymore begins divorce and custody procedures. It takes such extreme measures to wake her up to her problem. Fortunately, with hard work, and renewed support from her husband, she overcomes her addiction.
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
Susan Hayward's career was made with Smash-Up: The Story of a Woman, the film that catapulted her to stardom and earned her a well-deserved Oscar nomination. Something of a distaff answer to The Lost Weekend, Smash-Up would be welcome if it were nothing other than a vehicle for Hayward's no-holds-barred, bravura performance. That it also features an intelligent screenplay and assured direction is an unexpected bonus. While never hiding the fact that it is essentially a melodrama, the film's manipulations are carried off lightly; the viewer knows that he's being set up to have his emotions pulled one way or another, but it works so well that he really doesn't mind too much. Somehow, the writers have made the plot twists and turns seem inevitable rather than expected. There's also some very fine work from Eddie Albert and Marsha Hunt, and good (if less than dazzling) work from Lee Bowman. But it's Hayward's film all the way, and she delivers everything that's asked of her. One of the pleasant surprises is how touching, warm, and vulnerable the actress is. Her tough-broad persona, which came to border on camp in some of her later work, is present in this film, but it's only a part of her complex personality. Although Hayward would turn in performances that equaled her work here, none surpassed it.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/7/2003
  • UPC: 089218626998
  • Original Release: 1947
  • Rating:

  • Source: Alpha Video
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:44:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 16,760

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Susan Hayward Angie Evans
Lee Bowman Ken Conway
Eddie Albert Steve Nelson
Marsha Hunt Martha Gray
Carl Esmond Dr. Lorenz
Carleton Young Mr. Elliott
Charles D. Brown Mike Dawson
Janet Murdoch Miss Kirk
Tom Chatterton Edwards
Robert Shayne Mr. Gordon
Larry Blake Emcee
George Meeker Wolf
Erville Alderson Joe
Matt Dennis Voice Only
Hal Derwin
Alice Fleming
Frances Morris
Margo Woode
Fred Browne Bartender
Robert Verdaine Maitre d'
Virginia Carroll Woman
Dorothy Christy Woman
Laurie Douglas Singer
Bess Flowers Woman
William Gould Judge
Richard Kipling Man
Peg La Centra Voice Only
Connie Leon Mary
George Meader Attorney
Ralph Montgomery Doorman
Noel Neill Girl at party
Steve Olsen Bartender
Ruth Sanderson Maggie
Joan Shawlee Angel as baby
Lee Shumway Benson
Clarence Straight Man
Nanette Vallon Woman
Ethel Wales Joe's wife
Ernie S. Adams Waiter
Al Hill Man
Vivien Oakland Woman at bar
Technical Credits
Stuart Heisler Director
Harold Adamson Songwriter
Alexander Golitzen Art Director
Daniele Amfitheatrof Score Composer
Travis Banton Costumes/Costume Designer
Lee Bowman Songwriter
Jack Brooks Songwriter
Miton Carruth Editor
Frank Cavett Screenwriter
Stanley Cortez Cinematographer
Hal Derwin Songwriter
Edgar "Cookie" Fairchild Songwriter
Fred Frank Asst. Director
Martin Gabel Associate Producer
Russell A. Gausman Set Decoration/Design
Susan Hayward Songwriter
David S. Horsley Special Effects
John Howard Lawson Screenwriter
Ruby Levitt Set Decoration/Design
Jimmy McHugh Songwriter
Dorothy Parker Screenwriter
Jack P. Pierce Makeup
Frank Skinner Score Composer
Walter Wanger Producer
Lionel Wiggam Screenwriter
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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Chapter 1 [16:40]
2. Chapter 2 [16:22]
3. Chapter 3 [18:01]
4. Chapter 4 [15:32]
5. Chapter 5 [17:40]
6. Chapter 6 [18:39]
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