The Country Girl

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Overview

Bing Crosby does the Academy Award-bid bit in the atypical role of a self-pitying alcoholic, but it was his co-star, a deglamorized Grace Kelly, who won the Oscar for her performance in The Country Girl. This adaptation of Clifford Odets' play stars Crosby as Frank Elgin, a once-famous Broadway star who's hit the skids. Hotshot young director Bernie Dodd William Holden, a longtime admirer of Elgin, tries to get the old-timer back on his feet with a starring role in a new play. But Dodd must contend with Elgin's ...
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Overview

Bing Crosby does the Academy Award-bid bit in the atypical role of a self-pitying alcoholic, but it was his co-star, a deglamorized Grace Kelly, who won the Oscar for her performance in The Country Girl. This adaptation of Clifford Odets' play stars Crosby as Frank Elgin, a once-famous Broadway star who's hit the skids. Hotshot young director Bernie Dodd William Holden, a longtime admirer of Elgin, tries to get the old-timer back on his feet with a starring role in a new play. But Dodd must contend with Elgin's hard, suspicious wife Georgie, who seemingly runs roughshod over her husband. Dodd holds Georgie responsible for Elgin's lack of self-confidence and his reliance upon the bottle--a suspicion fueled by Elgin himself, who insists that Georgie has been suicidal ever since the death of their son. When Elgin goes on a monumental bender during the play's out-of-town tryouts, the truth comes out: it is Elgin who is suicidal, and Georgie has been the glue that has held him together. Adopting a now-or-never stance, Dodd forces Elgin to stay off the sauce long enough for the play to open--and, in spite of himself, falls in love with Georgie. A few Hollywood liberties were taken with the Odets original, including a slightly altered ending.
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Richard Gilliam
The Country Girl is a star vehicle for Grace Kelly and Bing Crosby, who play an alcoholic actor and his dedicated wife. It produced acclaim and respect for Kelly, cast against type and wearing drab dresses to accentuate her performance as a frumpy housewife. Adapted by director George Seaton from Clifford Odets' stage play, the movie unwisely alters the source material to make room for Crosby's singing numbers, though in other respects it's a reasonable transference to the big screen. When Paramount released the film, it launched a major campaign to generate Oscar nominations, and it garnered seven, including Best Picture and Best Director, winning Best Screenplay and Best Actress for a pre-Monaco Kelly. Ironically, Seaton lost the Best Director Oscar to On the Waterfront's Elia Kazan, who was in part the basis for the director played by William Holden in The Country Girl.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/11/1998
  • UPC: 097360590531
  • Original Release: 1954
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  • Source: Paramount
  • Format: VHS

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Bing Crosby Frank Elgin
Grace Kelly Georgie Elgin
William Holden Bernie Dodd
Anthony Ross Phil Cook
Gene Reynolds Larry
Jacqueline Fontaine Singer and Actress
Eddie Ryder Ed
Robert Kent Paul Linger
John W. Reynolds Henry Johnson
Ida Moore Woman
Frank Scannell Bartender
Ruth Rickaby Second Woman
Hal K. Dawson Actor
Howard Joslin Actor
Charles Tannen Photographer
Les Clark Actor
Les Clark Actor
Allan Douglas Mian
Jon Provost Jimmie
Don Dunning Expressman
Max Wagner Expressman
Chester Jones Ralph (Dresser)
Jack Roberts Man
Bob Alden Bellboy
Richard Keene Actor
Jack Kenney Actor
Technical Credits
George Seaton Director, Producer, Screenwriter
Robert Alton Choreography
Roland Anderson Art Director
Harold Arlen Songwriter
Sam Comer Set Decoration/Design
John P. Fulton Special Effects
Ira Gershwin Songwriter
Grace Gregory Set Decoration/Design
Edith Head Costumes/Costume Designer
Ellsworth Hoagland Editor
Hal Pereira Art Director
William Perlberg Producer
John F. Warren Cinematographer
Victor Young Score Composer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 6, 2004

    A MUST for any classic movie fan!

    Grace Kelly shines in this melancholy tale of love and loss. As it was the only picture in her short career for which she won an Academy Award, I someday hope to see it on DVD!

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