Playhouse 90

Season 1 Episode 33

The Helen Morgan Story

Aired Thursday 9:30 PM May 16, 1957 on CBS



  • Trivia

    • Helen Morgan was the toast of Broadway and the torchbearer of American's giddiest and gaudest era, the Roaring Twenties. Yet, though she rose from humble Beginnings to take over Broadway and the world of popular music, she outlived her own' popularity and died in poverty. Polly Bergen stars in story of the life of the singer whose tearful, throaty voice stood out in such contrast against the carefree capers of her time.

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  • Notes

    • Polly Bergen herself bought the television rights to the story from Helen Morgan's mother Lulu for $10,000.

    • Polly Bergen wore the actual gown that Helen Morgan wore as Julie in Showboat her most famous starring role.

    • Playhouse 90 produced the television version before Warner Bros. completed a movie version of The Helen Morgan Story starring Ann Blythe.

    • Polly Bergen won an EMMY for her performance of singer Helen Morgan.

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