Susan Hayward was an American actress, who is best known for her ‘Academy Award’ winning role as ‘Barbara Graham’ in the film ‘I Want to Live!’ (1958). She started her career with film such as ‘Hollywood Hotel’ (1937) and ‘The Sisters’ (1938), but her breakthrough role came in ‘Beau Geste’ (1939).
She had her first lead role in the film ‘Among the Living’ (1941).
She received her first of five ‘Academy Award’ nominations for ‘Smash-Up, the Story of a Woman,’ which turned her into a Hollywood star. She received a ‘Cannes’ for her portrayal of ‘Lillian Roth’ in ‘I’ll Cry Tomorrow’ (1955). She continued starring in films such as ‘Thunder in the Sun’ (1959), ‘Ada’ (1961), and ‘The Honey Pot’ (1967).
Her last film appearance came in ‘The Revengers’ in 1972.
The story is told in flashback through the eyes of Eloise Winters. The now alcoholic Eloise is trapped in an unhappy marriage and has a difficult relationship with her daughter. While she is contemplating divorcing her husband, she reminisces about her first true love with Walt Dreiser before the beginning of World War II.
Paul Saxon falls in love with dress-shop owner, Rae Smith, but Paul’s abusive and alcoholic wife, Liz, who refuses to grant him divorce interferes and humiliates Rae. Later a drunken Liz causes a car crash that ends in tragedy leaving a heartbroken Rae mourning the loss of her beloved.
Based on a novel of the same name, this film revolves around the life of President Andrew Jackson, the seventh US President. The film follows his life from his early teenage years, when he meets and marries Rachel Donaldson Robards, to help her get out of a troubled marriage. This, however, leads to several controversies.
William Thompson moves to a rural town in Georgia, with his wife Mary Elizabeth. However, they face various problems while adjusting to their new lifestyle.
Publisher Lewis Venable wants to acquire some love letters between late poet, Jeffrey Ashton, and Juliana Bordereau. On learning Juliana is still alive, he takes up lodgings at her house. But things take a turn for the worse when he discovers Juliana’s schizophrenic granddaughter, Tina, is obsessed with Asthon, at times believing she is Juliana.
Dr. Merek Vance, who has developed a serum to cure deafness, tries it on Emily Blair, who is rich but deaf. However, it doesn’t prove effective. Meanwhile, Emily’s sister Janice is having an affair with Emily’s fiancé, Jeff. Emily insists on trying Merek’s new serum, but falls in coma. Now, will Emily get over her deafness and marry the man she loves?
Comet Over Broadway is an American drama film which tells the story of Eve Appleton, who is the wife of a small-town garage owner, but hopes to become a theatrical star some day. When her husband is sent to prison for accidentally killing an actor, she decides to go away and pursue her dreams.
Bo Gillis, an honest but naive gubernatorial candidate marries Ada Dallas, whom he has met shortly before his election, eventually beginning their life as the state’s first couple. But very soon, Bo finds that he is being fully controlled by his corrupt campaign manager. Things become even more complicated when Ada makes it known that she wants to be named as the new lieutenant governor.
The Dabneys, who are plantation owners in rural Mississippi, decide to remain neutral during the Civil War, but they find themselves caught in the crossfire. Hoab Dabney finds support from a local newspaperman named Keith Alexander, who eventually falls in love with Morna, Hoab’s daughter. However, Morna’s fiancé Clay, who is part of the Confederate Army, is planning to punish the citizens who has decided to stay neutral.
When Adam Stoddard’s wife dies, it falls upon their governess Emile to mother his four children and keep the family together. But soon Adam’s fortune is also lost and he has to send the boys to boarding school and Emile away. Years later, he recoups his financial standing and summons Emile, whom he has always loved. But by then, one of his sons has married a scheming woman.
A musical made during WWII to entertain troops, raise funds and boost morale. Silent Era-Star, Billy Webster is now a gateman at Paramount studios. However, his Navy serviceman son, Johnny, thinks he is a studio executive. As Johnny is arriving with his shipmates, to preserve his illusion, Billy takes help of studio switchboard-operator, Polly, to put up a show with Hollywood’s mega-stars.
Night club singer, Angie Evans, marries struggling singer, Ken Conway, giving up her own career and becoming a mother. Ken achieves success and an insecure Angie resorts to alcoholism. When Ken has an affair with secretary Martha and asks for a divorce, Angie kidnaps their child, leading to harrowing consequences.
Paul Raden, mentally unstable identical twin brother of John, is kept in a room in their family mansion. John returns home after 25 years for father’s funeral, and is shocked to learn about Paul, who he thought was dead. Paul escapes while his caretaker is found strangled. After another similar death, the town’s people are terrified and suspect John as the murderer.
Set in 1847, during the Great Famine, the film revolves around Katie O’Neill, and her husband, who immigrates to a troubled South Africa, where the former runs into an old flame.
Jane Hoyt reaches Hong Kong to rescue her thrill-seeking photojournalist husband Louis who has been captured by Communist China and is being held in a prison in Canton. She seeks the help of cunning shipping magnate Hank Lee and the two start falling in love.
When an Army General is about to be appointed as the chairman of an atomic energy committee, a female tycoon is disappointed. Therefore, she invites the former to her country estate, in an attempt to entrap him as well as ruin his reputation.
I Thank a Fool is a crime drama mystery film, which tells the story of a doctor who is prosecuted for mercy killing by a district attorney. However, he also hires the same doctor to care for the victim's mentally-ill wife.
This adventure film takes us to 1907 in the Belgian Congo, where a missionary nurse, arrives to work for a missionary doctor. When she needs to attend to a local chief’s injured son, she asks a big-game hunter to accompany her, and the two eventually embark on a journey of adventure and romance.
Paul Delville who is a professor at a Florida college, and his wife, are expecting visitors from Sweden, who are their former colleagues. However, they are surprised to see that their young and beautiful daughter Katrin has arrived alone. Things get even more complicated when Katrin announces that she wants Paul to have a baby with her, as she wishes an offspring with both brains and beauty.
Six struggling young actors share an apartment to make their ends meet. Their landlady soon provides them a play that was left long ago by an evicted tenant. However, soon it turns out that he is now a successful theater producer and is trying to rewrite his first play. Therefore, when the young actors come to know about this, they try to sell his own play to him.
Susan Hayward Awards
|I Want to Live!||Best Actress in a Leading Role||1959|
|I Want to Live!||Best Actress - Drama||1959|
|With a Song in My Heart||Best Actress - Comedy or Musical||1953|
|Winner||World Film Favorite - Female||1953|