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Directed by Jean Negulesco • 1946 • United States
Starring Joan Crawford, John Garfield, Oscar Levant
Glamorous socialite Helen Wright (Joan Crawford) takes what she wants—clothes, alcohol, men—uses them up, and tosses them aside. Then she meets brilliant young violinist Paul Boray (John Garfield). But this is one toy she can’t break. Instead, her love for Paul brings Helen to the breaking point. Joan Crawford delivers a rich, multilayered performance as a woman torn between selfless love and selfish impulses in this lush melodrama, adapted by playwright Clifford Odets from a story by Fannie Hurst. The opulent production values extend to the music itself, which was dubbed by virtuoso Isaac Stern.