|ACADEMY AWARD NOMINATION
SMASH -UP :THE STORY OF A WOMAN
Universal International - 1947
|"To lie in bed and sleep not
To wait for the one that comes not
To try to please and please not".... "Smash-Up-The Story of a Woman"
|Producer Walter Wanger told Stuart Heisler, the director of the film: "Susie suffers from one of the most startling guilt complexes you can imagine. She's embarrassed that she is a beautiful woman. She doesn't think she deserves it. She knows it is a priceless gift, but she's afraid that on the inside she isn't beautiful." The he said: "If we can get her to bring that complex to the surface in this role, we'll get a performance worthy of an Oscar from her."|
|There is no question that this was the strongest role that Susan had ever been offered to play. It was originally titled "Angelica." Susan plays a young wife who is unable to cope with her husband's successful career and all that it entailed. Lonely and depressed, she turns to liquor for comfort and in time loses control of herself.
Her husband, Ken, sues for divorce. He gets custody of their little girl. Susan kidnaps the little girl, but almost causes both of their deaths when she falls into a drunken stupor and accidentally causes a fire. She saves the little girl, but is burned badly in the process. Aware that she has reached rock bottom, she decides to work to overcome her alcoholism and save her marriage,
"Miss Hayward gives the best performance of her career."
|Time Magazine review:
"Smash-Up could be mistaken, on it's surface, for just another of those wife-v.-secretary 'problem' movies which are called, with unconscious contempt, 'woman's pictures.' But beneath its soap-opera surface, it takes some perceptive looks at a marriage going to pieces."
|Susan Hayward and
|Eddie Albert and Susan Hayward|