Torch Song

Synopsis: Jenny Stewart is a tough Broadway musical star who doesn't take criticism from anyone. Yet there is one individual, Tye Graham, a blind pianist who may be able to break through her tough exterior.
Genre: Drama, Music, Romance
Director(s): Charles Walters
Production: MGM
  Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 1 win.
90 min

Hold the record.

- Sorry, Miss Stewart.

- I'm sorry too.

Four times we've done this routine

and four times you've loused it up.

Gene, you're the dance director.

Would you tell Mr. Ellis this is a rehearsal,

not a dancing school?

- I'm sorry, Jenny...

- We've had the sorry bit. What do we do?

Well, darling, it's just that he feels...

...that if you could get

your right leg in a bit, he...

And spoil that line?

Tell Mr. Ellis he's paid

to get around that leg.

And smile, or we get another boy.

- Joe.

- Yes, Jenny.

I'm going home.

Keep him here until he learns the routine.

If that ever happens, call me.

Practice makes perfect, Jenny.

For you, as well as for Ellis.

I don't recall that I was the one

who made the mistake.

- Charlie.

- Yeah?

Bring my new arrangement

to my dressing room.

All right, Jen, yeah.

Be right there, Jenny.

I'm coming.

- Got everything right here, dear, yeah.

Well, what about it?

Yeah, I'm working on it.

Did you fix the "Follow Me" number

the way I wanted it?


- It just didn't work right, honey.

- What do you mean it didn't work?

Well, that is, at first it didn't.

- But I finally got it. Finally.

- How did it sound?

Sounded fine, of course. It sounded fine.

You see, Charlie, you're just

wasting your time fighting with me.


I was...

I was just trying to think of an answer.

That stuff will kill you someday.

Yeah, if I'm lucky.

- What?

- I said it's great. It's great, it just...

Make copies of the changes for me,

will you?

Well, I already have.

You know I'd do that, honey.

I'll leave it here on the couch.

I sure hope that you like it.

Well, if I don't,

you'll be the first to hear from me.

And stop worrying.

You've been doing my arrangements

long enough to know exactly what I want.

- Yeah, I sure have.

- What?

I said I sure have, yeah.

Oh, Charlie, before you go,

maybe I'll better look at those sheets.

You've been getting a little sloppy lately.

In fact, I'm thinking of replacing you

with a player piano.

One that doesn't smoke, drink,

mumble, or...

Leave me talking to myself.

- Jenny, I was just...

- Well.

You can always tell when

there's trouble in a show.

- It's the only time you see the producer.

- But Jenny...

oh, Phil, I know the line.

"Jenny, darling, we can iron this out. "

Give us a break, Jenny.

Give Ellis a break.

If you leave now,

there's no point in rehearsing at all.

If you'd hire competent people,

you wouldn't have grief.

But handing me more grief

isn't going to help any.

Oh, stop it. Phil, why aren't you here

when these problems come up?

If doctors performed operations

the way you produce shows...

...everybody in the country

would be dead.

Here she comes.

Go on, beat it...

They shall not.

Wait for me in the car.

- Hi, Merle, how are you? Hi, Margie.

- Hi, Miss Stewart.

Hi, Elsie. I thought you'd forgotten me.

I haven't seen you for a week.

Oh, no. My mother was sick

and I had to take care of her.

Oh, I'm sorry.

We should all take care of our mothers.

- Would you sign mine too?

- Sure. What's your name?

It's Cora.

You're gonna sign it personally?

Certainly. Ha-ha-ha.

"Cora, gratefully, Jenny Stewart. "

- Oh, thank you, Miss Stewart.

- You're welcome.

- Sure, I will. Sure, I will.

You can't leave, Miss Stewart.

I'll be back later, Miss Stewart.

Bye. Bye.

Now, let's get to that hoofer you hired

and the limping he calls dancing.

Darling, I pay Ellis a fantastic salary and

you wouldn't give him a minute's help.

Yet you'd spend an hour with those kids.

And what do they do?

- They're just the audience.

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John Michael Hayes

John Michael Hayes (11 May 1919 – 19 November 2008) was an American screenwriter, who scripted several of Alfred Hitchcock's films in the 1950s. more…

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