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COUNTRY GIRL

SYNOPSIS:
When down and out actor/singer Frank Elgin is given a chance for a come-back, he looks to his wife Georgie to give him confidence.

Review by Louise Keller:
This timeless drama with a stunning cast was nominated for seven Academy Awards. Perfectly cast, Grace Kelly, Bing Crosby and William Holden each give superlative performances, and get right inside the skin of their respective characters. Country Girl won an Oscar for Grace Kelly in 1954 for her role as Georgie Elgin, the dowdy, outspoken country girl who props up her alcoholic, guilt-ridden and has-been actor husband, Frank. Kelly brings class, integrity and bares her soul in this role, which is so different from her many glamour roles in other films. Frank is sensitively portrayed by Bing Crosby, who manages to combine the complexities of this weak character with his manipulative skills; we are never sure how close to the edge he actually is.

It is a story of human weakness, strength and loyalty, betrayal, truth and lies. Frank is a weak man who lies to everyone, especially to himself. He transfers his guilt to Georgie, who is growing bitter, but is overwhelmingly loyal in her love and support for her husband.

William Holden is wonderful as Bernie Dodd, the director of a new musical show. For most of the film Bernie believes itís Georgie who is destroying Frankís chance of a come-back. But when he realises that it has been Frank all the time who has been lying, and that Georgie, the non-descript Country Girl is really the strong one, he realises that he is in love with his remarkable, strong, loyal woman.

But what of Georgie? Does she really want to leave Frank and start again, or is she really the loyal country girl we perceive. George Seatonís script is powerful, and there are many memorable lines. This is a film of performances, and stands up proudly in the video library of Classic Films.

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(Black & White)

CAST: Grace Kelly, Bing Crosby, William Holden

DIRECTOR: George Seaton

SCRIPT: George Seaton (based on Clifford Odetís play)

MUSIC: Victor Young

SONGS: Ira Gerschwin, Harold Arlen

STUDIO: Paramount Pictures

YEAR: 1954

RUNNING TIME: 104 mins

RATING: PG

AWARDS: Academy Award 1954 Best Actress: Grace Kelly

RRP: $24.95







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