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I Could Go on Singing (1963)

Not Rated | | Drama, Musical | 11 October 1963 (Finland)
Jenny Bowman is a successful singer who visits David Donne to see her son Matt again, spending a few glorious days with him while his father is away in Rome in an attempt to attain the family that she never had.

Director:

Ronald Neame

Writers:

Robert Dozier (story), Mayo Simon (screenplay)
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Cast overview:
Judy Garland ... Jenny Bowman
Dirk Bogarde ... David Donne
Jack Klugman ... George
Aline MacMahon ... Ida
Gregory Phillips Gregory Phillips ... Matt
Russell Waters Russell Waters ... Reynolds
Pauline Jameson ... Miss Plimpton
Jeremy Burnham ... Young Hospital Doctor
Eric Woodburn Eric Woodburn ... Verger
Robert Rietty ... Palladium Stage Manager
Gerald Sim ... Joe - Assistant Mgr. at the Palladium
David Lee David Lee ... Pianist
Leon Cortez Leon Cortez ... The Busker
Al Paul Al Paul ... Al Paul - Jenny's Makeup Artist
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Jenny Bowman (Judy Garland) is a successful singer who, while on an engagement at the London Palladium, visits David Donne (Sir Dirk Bogarde) to see her son Matt (Gregory Phillips) again, spending a few glorious days with him while his father is away in Rome in an attempt to attain the family that she never had. When David returns, Matt is torn between his loyalty to his father and his affection for Jenny. Written by John Teo <jt224@cam.ac.uk>

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IT'S JUDY! Lighting up the lonely stage in the singing-acting role of her life! See more »

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Drama | Musical

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Amongst the many stars who attended the world premiere in London were Robert Wagner, Peter Finch, Sir Richard Attenborough, Stanley Baker. Jack Hawkins, Sir John Mills, Hayley Mills, Judy Garland, and Sir Dirk Bogarde. See more »

Quotes

David Donne: They are waiting.
Jenny Bowman: I don't care if they're fasting, you just give them their money back and tell them to come back next fall.
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Soundtracks

I COULD GO ON SINGING
Music by Harold Arlen
Lyrics by E.Y. Harburg
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Garland as Garland
11 June 2006 | by MOscarbradleySee all my reviews

Judy Garland is magnificent playing herself; sorry, playing Jenny Bowman, an American singer of a certain age, in London for a series of concerts at the Palladium. The movie is a mostly mediocre tale of mother love but as a showcase for Garland, both as actress and as a performer, (her scenes at the Palladium were probably as close as the movies ever came to capturing her on-stage persona), is it exhilarating and indelibly moving. By the time she gets around to her drunken 'I can't be spread so thin' speech all traces of the character have been wiped clean and it's Garland, raw and emotional, up there on the screen. She was never to make another film, which is probably just as well. With this you can say she went out on a high.

Co-star Dirk Bogarde fights a losing battle, (and he gets some terrible lines to say). He's a prissy, fussy stuffed shirt and you can never believe that he and Garland could ever have been romantically involved. There is also a wonderful turn from that great and perpetually undervalued actress Aline MacMahon as Garland's dresser-cum-secretary-cum-companion. But it's Garland's show. The panavision frame can hardly contain her.


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11 October 1963 (Finland) See more »

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