Humoresque is a 1946 American showbiz melodrama by Warner Bros. starring Joan Crawford and John Garfield in an older woman/younger man tale about a violinist and his patroness.The screenplay by Clifford Odets and Zachary Gold was based upon the 1919 short story “Humoresque” by Fannie Hurst, which had been previously made into a film in 1920. Humoresque was directed by Jean Negulesco and produced by Jerry Wald.
- Starring : Joan Crawford / John Garfield
- Genre : Drama / Music / Romance
- Country : United States
- Language : English
- Director : Jean Negulesco
- Production : Warner Bros.
- Distributor : Warner Bros. / Warner Bros. Norway / Warner Bros. Film / Warner Bros. Pictures / Epoca / Warner Home Video
Humoresque release date
- December 25, 1946 : USA (New York City, New York) (premiere)
- January 25, 1947 : USA
- July 7, 1947 : UK
- August 29, 1947 : Sweden
- September 19, 1947 : France
- October 12, 1949 : Japan
- Joan Crawford as Helen Wright
- John Garfield as Paul Boray
- Oscar Levant as Sid Jeffers
- J. Carrol Naish as Rudy Boray
- Joan Chandler as Gina
- Tom D’Andrea as Phil Boray
- Peggy Knudsen as Florence Boray
- Ruth Nelson as Esther Boray
- Craig Stevens as Monte Loeffler
- Paul Cavanagh as Victor Wright
- Richard Gaines as Frederick Bauer
- John Abbott as Rozner
- Robert Blake as Paul Boray as a Child(as Bobby Blake)
- Tommy Cook as Phil Boray as a Child
- Don McGuire as Eddie
Humoresque is a 1946 American showbiz melodrama by Warner Bros. starring Joan Crawford and John Garfield in an older woman/younger man tale about a violinist and his patroness. The screenplay by Clifford Odets and Zachary Gold was based upon the 1919 short story “Humoresque” by Fannie Hurst, which had been previously made into a film in 1920. Humoresque was directed by Jean Negulesco and produced by Jerry Wald.
In New York City, a performance by noted violinist Paul Boray is cancelled. Something has happened which has brought Boray to rock bottom emotionally. At his apartment, he seems to be about to give up on his career; his manager, Frederic Bauer, is angry that Paul has misunderstood what performing would be like and admonishes him for thinking that music could no longer be part of his life. Paul’s more sympathetic friend and accompanist, Sid Jeffers, asks Bauer to leave and Boray says to Jeffers that he (Boray) has always wanted to do the right thing, but has always been “on the outside, looking in,” and cannot “get back to that happy kid” he once was.
In the past, young Paul is choosing a birthday present in a Variety store run by Jeffers’ father in their old New York City neighborhood. He rejects as childish the suggestions of his father, “Papa” Rudy, a grocery store owner, but settles on a violin, which his father rejects as unsuitable; his price limit is $1.50. Esther, his mother, supportive at this stage, buys the $8 violin for the boy.
A transition from his faltering first steps to being a gifted young violinist follows. On 15 October 1930, he overhears his family expressing frustration about the state of their finances and about how he is not helping by working at a real job. His father is dismissive of Paul’s chances for success and his brother, Phil, is extremely negative concerning his own possibilities for finding any job at all. Paul resolves to go out on his own so he is not dependent on his family or appearing to be taking advantage of them. He finds a job with a locally broadcast orchestra in which Sid Jeffers is the pianist.
At a party, Paul meets the hostess, Helen Wright, a patroness in a loveless marriage with an ineffectual, aging third husband, Victor. Helen is a self-centered, adulterous woman who uses men as sexual playthings and is initially baffled by the strong-willed and independent Boray. She is rude to him during the party, but the next day she sends him a gold cigarette case and a note of apology. “Papa” Boray is impressed, but Paul’s mother is suspicious.
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