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TitleTorch Song (1953)
Alternative/Original Title
DisabilityBlind
CountryUSA
Length90
GenreDrama
Rating2
DirectorCharles Walters
CastJoan Crawford Michael Wilding Marjorie Rambeau Gig Young Henry Morgan Dorothy Patrick Benny Rubin Nancy Gates
NotesMusical star Crawford meets blind pianist Wilding. I find it impossible to imagine romance with Crawford and this character doesn't help. As the star of the show she loses her temper with everyone. Her pianist quits and is replaced by one who is blind (played by Wilding, the character lost his sight during the war). Interesting note: his guide dog is a bull mastiff. Of course Crawford doesn't like him and when he make suggestions about her performance she likes him even less. Crawford does a lot of singing and dancing (badly), in one number she is even blacked-up. Of course she comes round to falling for the pianist who has only been told how beautiful she is and what a good figure she has. But he seduces her with a few home truths and pearls of wisdom. My favourite line from Crawford is "I have very broad shoulders" which is one reason I associate her with Victor Mature not to mention those eyebrows that look like storm clouds. Wilding's performance as someone blind follows the pattern of looking natural and staring into space.

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