Smash-Up: The Story of a Woman

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Released 1947

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Director:
Stuart Heisler
Released:
1947
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Smash Up: The Story of a Woman, sometimes also called A Woman Destroyed, is a 1947 film surrounding a woman who progressively falls into a deep depression and develops an unwavering addiction to alcohol. The film was written by Frank Cavett, John Howard Lawson, Dorothy Parker, and Lionel Wiggam. Stuart Heisler of The Negro Soldier and Tulsa directed the film. A talented and sexy Angie Evans (Susan Hayward) works as a professional singer at a nightclub. She meets the acquaintance of a rising star, a singer named Ken Conway (Lee Bowman) who she falls in love with almost immediately. The couple eventually marries and Angie decides to give up her career as a singer and dedicate all of her energy to her husband's endeavors. This unexpectedly sends Angie into a downward spiral of depression and confusion - she uses alcohol to escape her reality. Her tragic decline is hard to watch yet engrossing at the same time. The film is loosely based on Dixie Lee, the alcoholic wife of Bing Crosby. Two thumbs up.moreless
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