1954 Certificate: pg


Oscar-winning drama starring Bing Crosby as Frank Elgin, an alcoholic singer/actor who gets a surprising second chance when cynical director Bernie Dodd (William Holden) casts him in the leading role of his new musical. When things don't quite work out, Dodd blames Elgin's dynamic wife Georgie (Grace Kelly). Based on a Clifford Odets play, the drama garnered some of Crosby's best reviews as well as serving up a Best Actress Oscar for Kelly.


  • George Seaton


  • Bing Crosby

  • William Holden

  • Grace Kelly


The unexpected dramatic impact of this Bing Crosby film can hardly be over-emphasised.

Crosby, in a rare serious role, gives the finest performance of his screen career as the grasping, blame-dodging, out-of-work Frank Elgin, a middle-aged Broadway has-been.

This tremendously powerful and moving film version of Clifford Odet's play won Oscars for Grace Kelly, as Best Actress (she's really excellent as Elgin's downtrodden wife) and writer-director George Seaton, for Best Screenplay.

Bing was ironically only nominated for an Oscar, having won the award for a much lesser performance 10 years earlier in 'Going My Way'.

A winner all the way.