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Torch Song(1953)

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The working title of this film was Why Should I Cry? According to 1951 news items in Daily Variety and Hollywood Reporter, the I. A. R. Wylie story "Why Should I Cry?" was originally to be filmed as one of the short sequences in M-G-M's Three Love Stories (see entry above). A June 23, 1952 Hollywood Reporter news item reported that Lana Turner had been cast in the film, and a March 5, 1953 item in Hollywood Reporter's "Rambling Reporter" column announced that Ann Sheridan would star. According to a June 1952 news item in Hollywood Reporter, Fred Wilcox was originally set to direct the picture. A Hollywood Reporter news item and production charts add Lillian Randolph and Dave O'Brien to the cast, but they were not in the released film.
       The song "Two-Faced Woman" was originally recorded by singer India Adams for a Cyd Charisse dance number in The Band Wagon, but was cut from that film and added to Torch Song. The 1994 film That's Entertainment! III features a segment in which the omitted footage of Charisse is shown on a split screen with the Joan Crawford production number from Torch Song. Torch Song received an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress (Marjorie Rambeau) and was Crawford's first color film. The picture also marked her return to M-G-M after seeking release from her contract a decade earlier. Crawford began her career and rose to stardom at M-G-M, and was under contract to the studio from 1925 to 1943, but dissatisfaction with the roles she was being offered prompted her to become a free agent (although some modern sources suggest that the studio was displeased with her recent films and wanted her to leave). According to a December 16, 1953 Hollywood Reporter news item, music publisher Edwin H. Morris & Co. sued Loew's Inc., M-G-M's parent company, for allegedly using the song "Tenderly" in a manner that violated the licensing agreement. The outcome of this suit has not been determined.