GenreDrama Music directorVictor Young Duration LanguageEnglish
Release dateMarch 7, 1952 (1952-03-07) DirectorsGeorge Stevens, Fred Guiol CastRay Milland (Alan Miller), Joan Fontaine (Jenny Carey), Teresa Wright (Edna Miller), Richard Derr (Tony Collins), Douglas Dick (Baker) Similar moviesOrphan, The Country Girl, A Day at the Beach, Lily in Love
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Something to Live For is a 1952 American drama film starring Joan Fontaine, Ray Milland, and Teresa Wright, directed by George Stevens, and released by Paramount Pictures. The screenplay by Dwight Taylor was the first to focus on the Alcoholics Anonymous program as a means of overcoming an addiction to liquor.
The plot centers on Jenny Carey, a budding actress whose developing career is threatened by an increasing dependence on alcohol spurred by her self-destructive romance with theatre director Tony Collins. Reformed drunk Alan Miller attempts to help her by introducing her to AA, but his growing interest in her strains his marriage to Edna, who suspects his motive for assisting Jenny is more than humanitarian.
Joan Fontaine as Jenny Carey
Ray Milland as Alan Miller
Teresa Wright as Edna Miller
Richard Derr as Tony Collins
Douglas Dick as Baker
In his review in the New York Times, Bosley Crowther said, "Mr. Stevens' production and the direction he has given this film . . . are as sleek and professionally efficient as any you are going to see around. But, oh, that script by Dwight Taylor! It is a fearsomely rigged and foolish thing, planted with fatuous situations that even Mr. Stevens can't disguise. And how that long arm of coincidence keeps batting you in the face! At first it is simply embarrassing. Then it is vexingly absurd."