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With a Song in My Heart (4-Apr-1952)

Director: Walter Lang

Writer: Lamar Trotti

Keywords: Drama, Airplane Crash, Biography

Based on a true story. Young singer Jane Froman meets and marries David Wayne; his career sinks as hers takes off. But in 1943 her USO plane crashes near Lisbon, and she suffers permanent physical injuries. During recuperation and while still married, Froman falls in love with the pilot. Won Oscar for Best Musical Score; received additional nominations for Best Actress and Supporting Actress, Best Costume Design, and Best Sound Recording.

NameOccupationBirthDeathKnown for
Rory Calhoun
8-Aug-1922 28-Apr-1999 Auto thief turned actor
Susan Hayward
30-Jun-1918 14-Mar-1975 I Want to Live!
Una Merkel
10-Dec-1903 2-Jan-1986 Summer and Smoke
Thelma Ritter
14-Feb-1905 4-Feb-1969 Stella in Rear Window
Max Showalter
2-Jun-1917 30-Jul-2000 Niagara
Robert Wagner
10-Feb-1930   Jonathan Hart on Hart to Hart
David Wayne
30-Jan-1914 9-Feb-1995 The Andromeda Strain


Susan Hayward   ...   Jane Froman
Rory Calhoun   ...   John Burn
David Wayne   ...   Don Ross
Thelma Ritter   ...   Clancy
Robert Wagner   ...   GI paratrooper
Helen Westcott   ...   Jennifer March
Una Merkel   ...   Sister Marie
Richard Allan   ...   Dancer, Tenor
Max Showalter   ...   Harry Guild


Review by Barbara Buoncristiano (posted on 2-Aug-2007)

This is the story of Jane Froman, famed singer and WWII entertainer whose life and career were almost ended when her plane crashed en route to entertain troops in Europe for the USO. She survived the crash, fell in love with and married the co-pilot who saved her life, and underwent dozens of operations. She returned to Europe two years after the crash to begin the job she had started, on crutches and in wheelchair, entertaining the troops. The movie is notable for the splendid performance by Susan Hayward, playing the lead role and for Thelma Ritter as a wise-cracking nurse who keeps the singer from giving up. Hayward and Ritter were nominated for Oscars. It has a wonderful soundtrack sung by Froman, which won an Oscar for the music. Inspiring story with great music.

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