Helen Morgan has beauty, talent, success. Yet they mean nothing to her without the love of Larry Maddux, the bootlegger who leads Helen on and drops her so often she finally hits bottom. Set in the roaring 20s. The Helen Morgan Story is also Maddux's story. In his fifth fllm, Paul Newman plays the mobster with slick assuredness. In her final movie, Ann Blyth portrays the troubled songstress (and Show Boat original cast member), with Gogi Grant performing vocals on signature Morgan tunes. Appearances by 20s icons Rudy Vallee, Walter Winchell and Morgan's real-life accompanist Jimmy McHugh bring bracing authenticity to this tale of a legend whose songs could heal any heart but her own.
40s Bio-Musical with a 60s look.
- The Helen Morgan Story review by Steve Mason
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Typical Hollywood bio-hokum. With a poor sense of (20s) period. But it looks a million dollars and the gorgeous widescreen b&w gleams. A young Paul Newman is wasted in an unremarkable role as a prohibition bootlegger.
Problem in costuming when a number of the female cast mostly resemble Tony Curtis and Jack Lemmon in Some Like it Hot.