Something to Live For

Something to Live For

Director: George Stevens

Cast: George Stevens, Joan Fontaine, Ray Milland, Teresa Wright

     
 

Something to Live For is the last of director George Stevens' "small" films, before he concentrated full-time on such blockbusters as Shane and Giant. Joan Fontaine plays a popular actress who descends into alcoholism. Ray Milland, in an unofficial extension of his Lost Weekend role, plays a reformed drunkard who comes to Fontaine's rescue.See more details below

Overview

Something to Live For is the last of director George Stevens' "small" films, before he concentrated full-time on such blockbusters as Shane and Giant. Joan Fontaine plays a popular actress who descends into alcoholism. Ray Milland, in an unofficial extension of his Lost Weekend role, plays a reformed drunkard who comes to Fontaine's rescue. He encourages her to join Alcoholics Anonymous--one of the first times that this organization was given any kind of screen treatment. Milland's concern strains his relationship with his wife (Teresa Wright), who doubts that Ray's interest in Fontaine is merely humanitarian. But Milland refuses to endanger his marriage no matter how strong his feelings towards Fontaine--nor how much the audience wants him to.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
Because of the presence of Ray Milland as a reformed alcoholic, Something for Live For seems to come across as something of a sequel to The Lost Weekend. But whereas Lost Weekend is a brilliant classic drama, Something is merely a good but far from brilliant melodrama. The blame lies with the screenplay, which is more than serviceable but far less than inspired and which relies far too often on coincidence and easy outs. The convoluted emotional intertwinings of the two leading characters are not given the depth that they deserve but are treated in a rather conventional fashion by scenarist Dwight Taylor, and that damages the film somewhat. Fortunately, director George Stevens is on hand to take the skimpy screenplay and by judicious emphasis and a careful attention to nuance, shape it into a convincing and fairly gripping little flick. He's aided enormously by Milland and Joan Fontaine as the would-be lovers brought together by their tangles with alcohol, as well as by the always lovely Teresa Wright, who does very well with the wife who stands in their way. This trio of actors keeps the viewer much more engaged than he has a real right to be -- and the viewer is quite thankful for their efforts.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/27/2012
UPC:
0887090037105
Original Release:
1952
Rating:
NR
Source:
Olive Films
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[B&W, Full Frame]
Time:
1:29:00
Sales rank:
42,910

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Joan Fontaine Jenny Carey
Ray Milland Alan Miller
Teresa Wright Edna Miller
Richard Derr Tony Collins
Douglas Dick Baker
Herbert Heyes Mr. Crowley
Harry Bellaver Billy
Paul Valentine Albert
Frank Orth Waiter
Robert Cornthwaite Young Man
Helen Spring Mrs. Crowley
Rudy Lee Chris Miller
Patric Mitchell Johnny Miller
Lee Aaker Alternate Boy
Jean Acker Wife
Eric Alden Pharoah
Erville Alderson Critic
Judith Allen Woman
Charles Andre Frenchman
Richard Barron Headwaiter
Mari Blanchard Hatcheck Girl
Raymond Bond Box Office Man
Helen Brown Miss Purdy
Sue Carlton Intellectual
Maurice Cass Actor
Dulce Daye Actress
Charles Dayton Stage Cast
Marcel dela Brosse Actor
Helen Dickson Actor
Donald Dillaway Actor
King Donovan Stage Manager
Laura Elliot Actor
Mary Field Actor
Norman Field Man
Jo Gilbert Woman in Telephone Booth
Peter Hansen Actor
John Indrisano Party Guest
Sherry Jackson Actor
Jeanne Lafayette Frenchwoman
George Lynn Executive
Paul Maxey Hoffstater
Harold W. Miller European
Ida Moore Actor
Paul Newlan Bartender
Patsy O'Byrne Actor
Korla Pandit Hindu Man
Rolfe Sedan Actor
Cora Shannon Old Ladies
Douglas Spencer Joey
Kerry Vaughn Cocktail Waitress
Genevieve Bell Actor
Alex Akimoff Waiter
Al Kunde Actor
Arthur Tovey Desk Clerk
Slim Gaut Derelict
Gloria Dea Actor
Josette Deegan Actor

Technical Credits
George Stevens Director,Producer
George Barnes Cinematographer
Edith Head Costumes/Costume Designer
William W. Hornbeck Editor
Hal Pereira Art Director
Dwight Taylor Screenwriter
Walter Tyler Art Director
Victor Young Score Composer

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Something to Live For
1. Chapter 1 [:12]
2. Opening [16:44]
3. Mad Men [10:34]
4. Friends in Need [11:17]
5. A New Day [11:00]
6. Dinner Party [10:41]
7. Sad and Lonely [6:05]
8. Farwell, My Lovely [11:04]
9. Opening Night [11:38]

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