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Torch Song (MGM 1953, Joan Crawford, Michael Wilding)



In backstage potboiler Torch Song, a typically hard-as-nails Joan Crawford portrays a Broadway musical star who chews up people when she’s not chewing scenery. After all around her flee, she engages a blind pianist (Michael Wilding) as her arranger. He won’t stand for her abuse, which intrigues the imperious star. When Crawford discovers an early clipping written by Wilding, she understands that he loved her then and loves her still.

Joan Crawford dances the opening number of Torch Song with the director of the film, Charles Walters. A former Broadway dancer, Walters pretends to be clumsy in the role of Ralph Ellis.

Academy Award Nominations: Best Supporting Actress: Marjorie Rambeau.
Director: Charles Walters
Producers: Henry Berman, Sidney Franklin
Cinematography: Robert H. Planck
Editor: Albert Akst
Music: Adolph Deutsch
Script: John Michael Hayes, Jan Lustig
Production Design: Cedric Gibbons
Art Direction: Preston Ames

production details
USA | MGM | 90 minutes | 1953
Michael Wilding as Tye Graham
Maidie Norman as Anne
Harry Morgan as Joe Denner
Gig Young as Cliff Willard
Joan Crawford as Jenny Stewart
Marjorie Rambeau as Jenny’s mother
Dorothy Patrick as Martha
James Todd as Philip Norton
Eugene Loring as Gene, the Dance Director
Paul Guilfoyle as Monty Rolfe
Benny Rubin as Charles Maylor
Peter Chong as Peter
Nancy Gates as Celia Stewart
Rudy Render as Singer at Party
Peggy King as Cora
Chris Warfield as Chuck Peters