The Helen Morgan Story

The Helen Morgan Story

Director: Michael Curtiz Cast: Ann Blyth, Paul Newman, Richard Carlson

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The Helen Morgan Story

Ann Blyth plays famed "torch singer" Helen Morgan, from her humble beginnings as a carnival dancer to the height of her nightclub fame in the 1920s. Helen spends most of her spare time anguishing over the on-and-off affections of her boorish boyfriend (Paul Newman), who had discovered Helen during her carnival days and promoted her to stardom. By 1927, Helen is headlining in her own nightclub, with further fame and fortune greeting her when she is cast as Julie in the blockbusting Broadway hit Show Boat. But when she realizes that her erstwhile boyfriend has been using her as a "meal ticket," Helen turns to drink. Losing her fortune to Revenue agents and the Stock Market crash of 1929, Helen hits rock bottom, ending up in the Bellevue alcoholic ward. Her boyfriend suddenly has a change of heart and declares his love for Helen, arranging for a lavish testimonial in her honor, hosted by Walter Winchell. The film ends at this point, suggesting that Helen Morgan is on the road to lasting success and happiness (tragically not the case in real life). For reasons unknown, Ann Blyth, an excellent singer in her own right, was dubbed in The Helen Morgan Story by songstress Gogi Grant.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/20/2017
UPC: 0888574489144
Original Release: 1957
Rating: NR
Source: Warner Archives
Presentation: [Wide Screen]
Time: 1:58:00
Sales rank: 25,602

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Ann Blyth Helen Morgan
Paul Newman Larry
Richard Carlson Wade
Gene Evans Whitney Krause
Alan King Ben
Cara Williams Dolly
Virginia Vincent Sue
Walter Woolf King Ziegfeld
Dorothy Green Mrs. Wade
Warren Douglas Hellinger
Sammy White Sammy
Jimmy McHugh Himself
Rudy Vallée Himself
Walter Winchell Himself
Edward Platt Haggerty
Iris Adrian Actor

Technical Credits
Michael Curtiz Director
John Beckman Art Director
Frank Bracht Editor
Nelson Gidding Screenwriter
Stephen Longstreet Screenwriter
Ted D. McCord Cinematographer
Larry Prinz Score Composer
LeRoy J. Prinz Choreography
Martin Rackin Producer
Dean Riesner Screenwriter
Oscar Saul Screenwriter
Howard Shoup Costumes/Costume Designer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- The Helen Morgan Story
1. Chapter 1 [11:40]
2. Chapter 2 [8:26]
3. Chapter 3 [10:19]
4. Chapter 4 [10:01]
5. Chapter 5 [10:28]
6. Chapter 6 [2:22]
7. Chapter 7 [7:00]
8. Chapter 8 [10:37]
9. Chapter 9 [9:15]
10. Chapter 10 [10:02]
11. Chapter 11 [9:29]
12. Chapter 12 [8:46]
13. Chapter 13 [9:22]

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The Helen Morgan Story 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
sweetlo More than 1 year ago
Paul Newman and classic movie lovers will enjoy this movie. Ann Blyth was excellent. Story is a dramatic account of Helen Morgan's rise to stardom and fall from grace. Good variety of music which draws you into the movie and story of Ms. Morgan's life. What woman hasn't fallen for a bad boy, you can identity with her the through trial and errors of her life, sympathizing with her through her tragedies. Great ending, leaves you wanting to know more about her life story. If you can find the original Show Boat with Ms. Morgan, a little different than one with Eva Gardner but interesting to see Ms. Morgan in action.