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Two great performances
I love this film. Susan Hayward was absolutely fantastic in this study of a female alcoholic. Susan had warmed up for the role by her Oscar nominated performance in Smash Up: The Story of a Woman (1947). In that film she played an alcoholic wife of a famous singer (supposedly based on Dixie Crosby wife to Bing). I'll Cry Tomorrow is much stronger as Lillian Roth's descent into complete alcoholism is played with unbelievable power by Susan Hayward. Although Hayward won the Cannes Film Festival Best Actress Award and was nominated for the Oscar, she lost to Anna Magnani for The Rose Tattoo. A complete travesty. Jo Van Fleet won the Best Supporting Oscar that year for East of Eden, but she should have won for I'll Cry Tomorrow. Van Fleet has a much more powerful role in I'll Cry Tomorrow and her scenes with Susan Hayward are electrifying. Both actresses brought out the best in each other. When Susan Hayward uses her whole body to reveal her desperate need for liquor you can feel it. She is like an animal in a zoo. Susan Hayward and Jo Van Fleet give great performances in this amazing film. The ads for this film said: "Filmed on location - inside a woman's soul." That about sums up the power of Susan Hayward!
I'll Cry Tomorrow
The biopic of actress/ singer Lillian Roth. Hayward was Oscar nominated as Roth, dominated by her stage mother, and facing failed relationships and alcoholism. Won an Oscar for B/W costumes, unmatched in terms of pitiful scenes of what became of Roth. A powerful leading performance highlights this film. I give it a 4/5.
One Disparate Aspect
- Vance Wilson
I first saw this film twenty years ago and at the time recorded it on VHS. I must have watched it ten times in the ensuing years and been impressed by Susan Hayward's intense performance as singer and entertainer Lillian Roth as she depicts Roth's descent in to an alcoholic hell. Hayward's performance is riveting and matched every-step-of-way by actress Jo Van Fleet as Ms. Roth's mother and enabler. I recently watched a film called 'Ladies They Talk About' which stars a very young (pre-code) Barbara Stanwyck...and features a prominent part played by Lillian Roth. As I watched Ms. Roth on screen, I realized that she did not resemble in key ways the woman portrayed by Susan Hayward in I'll Cry Tomorrow. By this, I mean a distinct warmth is exuded that doesn't necessarily have to do with Roth's characterization in 'Ladies They Talk About'. I noticed her smile which is incandescent lights up not just her face but the entire screen. She sings and delivers comic lines with equal relish. One scene stands out in memory during which Ms. Roth, talking to Stanwyck about a fellow inmate in women's prison puts on a very 'high toned' accent and describes how the inmate, a former society matron was jealous of a certain social rival and so "gave a party in her honor, and then ground up her very finest glassware and put it in the guest of honor's caviar - oh dear" Mr. Roth's delivery of that "oh dear" alone, makes the film worth watching and she effortlessly and unintentionally upstages Stanwyck in their scenes together. My point is that the script for I'll Cry Tomorrow doesn't seem to have made a connection with the talent of Roth in an accurate way. As scripted and played by Hayward, Ms. Roth appears as a zestful and insecure performer with a strong singing voice and captivating stage presence - little of the real star's humor or that incandescent quality is shown. Still the film makes it's point and deserves its high reputation.
Susan Hayward Eats Up This Real Life Tale
Overwrought melodrama detailing the alcoholic spiral of real life entertainer, Lillian Roth. The movie never really hooks you until her decent into alcoholism kicks in. Susan Hayward does an admirable job, but she looks as though she's gunning for an Academy Award (she did get nominated). The movie glosses over major details of Roth's life - including her numerous husbands. This is one of those movies that uses dirt and ripped clothes to emphasize someone's fall from grace. Not terribly convincing, but it achieves its goal of getting the viewer to feel for Hayward's character. The ending is wrapped up way too neatly and discounts the life-altering effects of addiction. Good for a rainy day, but generally forgettable.
Este um dos melhores filmes de Susan Hayward e certamente um dos mais desafiantes de todos, pois ela interpreta magnificamente bem. En todas as cenas ela est maravilhosa. Uma diva .Este filme um clssico.
Simply Thank You for I'll Cry Tomorrow!
- Ruth DeGraffenreidt
Channel surfing as I was looking for back ground noise to catch an afternoon nap,I stop as I enjoy watching old movies, especially Susan Hayward. Thought I'd check it out, and came in on the part where she and her mother were going at it in her bedroom. Katie offers her a drink to help her sleep; actually she kept insisting. That was enough for me, and that nap was history! Clued, literally stuck! I too am a friend of BW and no to well the mad relm of alcoholism. Thank first drink! Will take you to to people, places and things that you can never take back! This is certainly a movie that should be offered as a recovery tool! We need to know and see that it's nothing new, has taking some of the best down! And still continues!!! We need more movies like this that speak the truth, and shows the truth leaving out nothing! Thank you to all the cast, and TMC!!!Please notify me whenever this movie is airing.Thank You.
Susan Hayward Superb
- David Atkins
Susan Hayward -a 20 Century Fox star-, this film was done at MGM and Susan wanted this role very much, and we should be all glad Miss Hayward prevailed.Susan Hayward is supported by a great cast including the great Jo Van Fleet and Ray Danton.Directed by Daniel Mann- whom Susan would claim to be her favorite director-the story is very blunt and direct.Susan was nominated for a 4th time for this film but lost to Anna Magnani, Miss Hayward did win the Cannes Film Festival Award as Best Actress for her performance and if memory hold correct she was given a 10 minute standing ovation.A note: Susan is one of the few actresses to win the Triple Crown of Acting: The Oscar, The NY Film Critics and the Cannes Film Festival. Susan won her Oscar for her brilliant performance in " I Want To Live" but the great star always considered this film her best performance.Susan Hayward was visited by Garbo just before Susan passed, and was visited also by Katharine Hepburn, and Barbara Stanwyck so well respected was she in Hollywood.RIP Susan
It was the real thing!
great movie .I love the truth of the movie for it`s time, at some parts of the movie I drop a few tears because it got close to home. loved it thanks.were can i get a copy.