“She has the one necessary thing — talent!”
Genres, Themes, Actors, and Directors:
and Agnes Moorehead makes a welcome yet all-too-brief appearance as Eagels’ acting instructor.
Unfortunately, none of the actors are helped much by the clunky script, which inexplicably veers far from the true facts of Eagels’ interesting life, instead relying on predictable and poorly conceived narrative devices. While we know that Eagels is desperate to achieve stardom, for instance, her callous betrayal of an aging actress (Virginia Grey) for a plum part in a play nonetheless seems wildly out of character for someone we’ve been rooting for since the beginning of the film:
… And her sudden descent into alcohol and drug addiction comes as just of much of a surprise, since we’ve seen no hints of this before.
Fortunately, Novak’s performance keeps us watching even when the movie’s disappointing screenplay fails.
Redeeming Qualities and Moments: