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Smash Up, the Story of a Woman

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Director  Stuart Heisler
Country  United States
6.6/10 IMDb

Genre  Drama, Film-Noir, Music
Language  English
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Writer  John Howard Lawson, Dorothy Parker
Release date  March 1947 (1947-03)
Music director  Frank Skinner, Daniele Amfitheatrof
Producers  Walter Wanger, Martin Gabel
Cast  Susan Hayward (Angelica 'Angie' 'Angel' Evans Conway), Lee Bowman (Ken Conway), Marsha Hunt (Martha Gray, Elliott's Secretary), Eddie Albert (Steve Nelson), Carl Esmond (Dr. Lorenz), Carleton Young (Fred Elliott)
Similar movies  True Grit, The Spectacular Now, Angela's Ashes, The Lost Weekend, Leaving Las Vegas, All Things Fair
Tagline  Love-Wrecked!

Smash-Up, the Story of a Woman, also called A Woman Destroyed, is a 1947 American drama film with elements of Film Noir, which tells the story of a rising nightclub singer who marries another singer, whose career takes off, then falls into alcoholism after giving up her career for him. The film stars Susan Hayward, Lee Bowman, and Eddie Albert, and was written by Frank Cavett, John Howard Lawson, Dorothy Parker, and Lionel Wiggam, and was directed by Stuart Heisler. Ethel Wales appears in an uncredited part.


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The film was nominated for Academy Awards for Best Actress in a Leading Role (Susan Hayward) and Best Writing, Original Story.

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In a hospital, Angie Evans (Susan Hayward), her face bandaged, recounts the events that brought her here.

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A nightclub singer, Angie becomes involved with another singer, Ken Conway (Lee Bowman), whose career has yet to take off. Her agent Mike Dawson (Charles D. Brown) helps get Ken and piano accompanist Steve Anderson (Eddie Albert) a spot on a radio show singing cowboy songs. Ken sings a ballad on the day Angie, now his wife, gives birth to their daughter. The attention he gets leads to a new career opportunity.

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Ken soon is a big success, gaining popularity and wealth, while Angie stays home, her career at a standstill. She begins to drink. Ken counts on her to present a sophisticated image for his new high-society friends and contacts, but her alcoholism worsens, so secretary Martha Gray (Marsha Hunt) comes to Ken's aid.

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It isn't long before Angie is certain an affair has begun with Martha and her husband. Steve tries to intervene on Angie's behalf, but he can see Martha has fallen in love with Ken.

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Angie neglects the child, continues to drink, then creates a scene at a party. Ken asks for a divorce and custody. A fire starts from a lit cigarette of hers, shortly after she kidnaps their daughter from a nurse, results in Angie's suffering serious facial burns while saving the child.

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There may be no hope, but Ken tries to stand by his wife as her life hits rock bottom.


  • Susan Hayward as Angie Evans (singing dubbed by Peg LaCentra)
  • Lee Bowman as Ken Conway (singing dubbed by Hal Derwin)
  • Eddie Albert as Steve Anderson
  • Marsha Hunt as Martha Gray
  • Carl Esmond as Dr. Lorenz
  • Carleton Young as Fred Elliott
  • Charles D. Brown as Michael Dawson
  • Janet Murdoch as Miss Kirk, baby Angelica's nanny
  • Sharyn Payne as Angelica "Angel" Conway
  • Robert Shayne as Mr. Gordon
  • Reception

    According to Variety the film earned $2 million in US rentals in 1947.

    The film lost $111,664 in its initial release.


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