Jul 13, 2009

Three with Susan Hayward

If you liked the four Susan Hayward movies they played on TCM today, I've got a few more favorites to suggest:

I Want to Live! (1958)
Hayward's Oscar-nominated performance as party girl Barbara Graham is wild, loose and full of lusty energy. In a showy role like this, she could have careened into camp, but she keeps a perfect balance between defiance and poignance.

Smash-Up: The Story of a Woman (1947)
If you liked I'll Cry Tomorrow (1955), check out this soapier, more intimate Hayward flick about an insecure singer who struggles with alcoholism when she gives up her career for her husband.

Back Street (1961)
One of many screen versions of the Fannie Hurst novel about a woman who resigns herself to living in the shadows of her married lover's life. Glossy, melodramatic and colorful, this is one of Hayward's great campy roles.

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