Smash-Up, The Story of a Woman (March, 1947)
Released in March, 1947: (running time 1 hour and 43 minutes) Torch singer Angel Evans had it all - money, fame, and a handsome man, but when her man found his own fame, she lost everything that gave her a reason to live.
Produced by Walter Wanger
Directed by Stuart Heisler
Written by Dorothy Parker, Frank Cavett, Lionel Wiggam and John Howard Lawson.
The Actors: Susan Hayward (Angelica 'Angie' 'Angel' Evans), Lee Bowman (Ken Conway), Marsha Hunt (Martha Gray, Elliott's secretary), Eddie Albert (Steve Nelson), Carl Esmond (Dr. Lorenz), Carleton Young (Fred Elliott), Charles D. Brown (Mike Dawson, family friend), Janet Murdoch (Miss Kirk, Baby Angelica's nurse), Sharyn Payne (Angelica 'Angel' Conway), Robert Shayne (Mr. Gordon), Ernie Adams (Charley the waiter),Erville Alderson (farmer at the fire), Fred Aldrich (doorman at the nighclub), Carol Andrews (female photographer), Sam Ash (party guest), Brooks Benedict (celbrant with Mr. Gordon), Larry J. Blake (radio station emcee), Paul Bradley (Mike's companion), Ralph Brooks (clerk), Fred Browne (bartender), Virginia Carroll (woman), Douglas Carter (hotel manager), Tom Chatterton (Edwards, Ken's butler), Dorothy Christy (party guest), Eddie Coke (news photographer), James Conaty (party guest), James Craven (Sam Winsley), Sayre Dearing (party guest), Matt Dennis (announcer), Laurie Douglas (singer at the Raven Club), Cecil Elliott (matron), Alice Fleming (Miss Tierman), Bess Flowers (inquisitive party guest), Charles Flynn (news photographer), Cay Forester (young woman), Joan Fulton (voice of Angelica as a baby), Phil Garris (bellhop), William Gould (the judge), Sherry Hall (cab driver), Beatrice Gray (nurse), Bert Howard (poker player), Eddie Kane (party guest), Peg La Centra (Angie's singing voice), Connie Leon (Mary, Angie's maid), Carl M. Leviness (party guest), Willene Luckett (baby in crib), Wilbur Mack (radio commentator), Caren Marsh (Bobby-Soxer), Thomas Martin (waiter), George Meeker (Wolf, an attorney), Harold Miller (party guest), Ralph Montgomery (doorman), Frances Morris (Mrs. Benton, baby's nurse), Noel Neill (girl at party), Vivien Oakland (woman at bar), Steve Olsen (bartender), Alexander Pollard (waiter), George Ramsey (cab driver), Ed Randolph (cab driver), Joe Recht (Jimmy, elevator boy), Ruth Sanderson (Maggie), Jeffrey Sayre (poker player), Lee Shumway (Benson, doorman), Milburn Stone (Raven Club announcer), John Valentine (Dr. Forbes), Robert Verdaine (Maitre d'), Joseph Vitale (poker player), William Wagner (waiter with trash), John Wald (radio announcer on cowboy singing show), Ethel Wales (farmer's wife at the fire)
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The Oscar Nominated Drunkard, and the Movie that Killed Her
In the spring of 1953 the Atomic Energy Commission conducted an above-ground nuclear explosion nicknamed “Dirty Harry.” Thanks to a sudden change in wind, the highest amount of radioactive fallout ever measured headed directly to St. George, Utah. This radioactive cloud lofted by the explosion hovered over St. George, Utah for more than two hours, with its radioactive fallout settling on the town and the desert sands surrounding the town.
In 1956 oil millionaire, inventor, and movie producer Howard Hughes chose Dick Powell to direct a costume epic about Genghis Khan called “The Conqueror.” The outside movie shots were filmed in the Utah desert near St. George, Utah. For the scenes shot at the RKO studios in Hollywood, Howard Hughes paid for tons of St. George sand to be trucked to the studio lot for the actors to perform scenes on.
John Wayne was the leading man, and Susan Hayward was the leading lady, with Agnes Moorhead and Pedro Armendáriz co-starring. It would be many years later when the effects of acting for several weeks on this radioactive sand would take its toll. John Wayne fought several forms of cancer for fifteen years, finally passing in 1979.
Agnes Moorhead died of cancer in 1974. Pedro Armendáriz shot himself in the chest in 1963 after learning that he had terminal cancer. Director Dick Powell died in 1963 from cancer. The star of this movie, Susan Hayward, died with more than twenty cancerous tumors in her head in 1975. In total, the people who worked on that movie suffered cancer many times the number that would be randomly expected.
Susan Hayward was nominated for five Academy Awards, finally winning the Oscar for Best Actress for her performance in a 1958 drama. She won her first nomination for Best Actress for her performance in this movie but lost to Loretta Young. In this story she is the wife of a singing star who finds herself lonely while her husband is on tour and chased by hordes of young bobbysoxers. Supposedly based on some of the experiences of the first wife of Bing Crosby, she becomes a drunken wife, trying to drown her loneliness with bourbon. Pop a big bowl of white kernel popcorn with plenty of warm melted butter drizzled over it and enjoy the show.
Carleton G. Young
Charles D. Brown
Charles D. Brown
Eddie Albert, Susan Hayward
Eddie Albert, Susan Hayward
Marsha Hunt, Carleton G. Young
Marsha Hunt, Susan Hayward
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