Sunday, January 30, 2011

Susan Hayward Month: Smash-Up: The Story of A Woman! Review

Smash-Up stars Susan as Angie Evans, a nightclub who meets and falls for fellow singer Ken Conway(Bowman). Angie sacrifices everything for Ken, and it ends up putting a strain on her personally. When Ken's career starts to launch, Angie starts to crumble. Her one escapism from the constant avoidance from her husband, is alcohol. After Angie's been hitting the bottle too many times, the marriage between and Ken is over and Ken looks to take their child away from her. With the stress of her marriage ending, and the fear that she could loose her child, Angie sinks to the bottom. When the worst possible thing to happen to Angie occurs, thats when she realizes she needs to clean up her act.

It's not a terrible movie, but it's directed poorly. It begins quite quickly and then stalls for the rest of the film. The cast is superb but while watching, I couldn't imagine Marsha Hunt as the lovestruck secretary, who attempts to break Ken and Angie's marriage. To me, she never came off as a vixen, more like the sweet innocent. Susan was marvelous but I preferred her performance in "I Want to Live" more.

Grade: C

Next Film: I'll Cry Tomorrow

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