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Smash-Up, the Story of a Woman (1947)

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Smash-Up, the Story of a Woman (1947)

aka Smash-Up, the Story of a Woman


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Details: 103 mins · English


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Small Angelica 'Angie' 'Angel' Evans Conway
Small Ken Conway
Small Martha Gray, Elliott's Secretary
Small Steve Nelson
Small Dr. Lorenz
No_movie_poster Fred Elliott
Small Michael 'Mike' Dawson
No_movie_poster Miss Kirk, Baby Angelica's Nanny


No_movie_poster Milton Carruth Editor
No_movie_poster Walter Wanger Producer
No_movie_poster Stanley Cortez Director of Photography
No_movie_poster Frank Skinner Original Music Composer
No_movie_poster Dorothy Parker Story
No_movie_poster Stuart Heisler Director
No_movie_poster John Howard Lawson Screenplay
No_movie_poster Frank Cavett Story
No_movie_poster Lionel Wiggam Additional Dialogue
Small Martin Gabel Production




In a hospital, Angie Evans, her face bandaged, recounts the events that brought her here.

A nightclub singer, Angie becomes involved with another singer, Ken Conway, whose career has yet to take off. Her agent Mike Dawson helps get Ken and piano accompanist Steve Anderson a spot on a radio show singing cowboy songs. Ken sings a ballad on the day Angie, now his wife, gives birth to their daughter. The attention he gets leads to a new career opportunity.

Ken soon is a big success, gaining popularity and wealth, while Angie stays home, her career at a standstill. She begins to drink. Ken counts on her to present a sophisticated image for his new high-society friends and contacts, but her alcoholism worsens, so secretary Martha Gray comes to Ken's aid.

It isn't long before Angie is certain an affair has begun with Martha and her husband. Steve tries to intervene on Angie's behalf, but he can see Martha has fallen in love with Ken.

Angie neglects the child, continues to drink, then creates a scene at a party. Ken asks for a divorce and custody. A fire starts from a lit cigarette of hers, shortly after she kidnaps their daughter from a nurse, results in Angie's suffering serious facial burns while saving the child.

There may be no hope, but Ken tries to stand by his wife as her life hits rock bottom.