Nightclub singer Ruth Etting (Doris Day) tries to keep her secret romance with a musician under wraps in this dramatic musical based on the life story of the 1930s singer. Etting is controlled by Martin “The Gimp” Snyder (James Cagney), who builds a nightclub and makes Etting its star. Snyder catches Etting with musician Johnny (Cameron Mitchell) and goes to prison for trying to kill him, leaving Ruth to continue performing in Snyder’s nightclub.
Director Charles Vidor came to prominence at the end of the silent film era. Born in Budapest, Hungary, in 1900, he worked in motion pictures most of his life, including at least three decades in Hollywood.
Vidor was regarded as a solid craftsman who made the most of what he had to work with, good or bad. With “Cover Girl” (1944), he let Gene Kelly choreograph his own dances. In the Chopin biopic “A Song to Remember” (1945), he lead Cornel Wilde to an Oscar nomination. He’s perhaps most famous for directing “Gilda” (1946) and is credited with helping to make stars out of Rita Hayworth and Glenn Ford.
Among his other film successes were “The Bridge” (1929), “The Loves of Carmen” (1948), “Love Me or Leave Me” (1955), “The Swan” (1956), “The Joker Is Wild” (1957) and “A Farewell to Arms” (1957). Vidor served as a Cannes Film Festival jurist in 1958.
In 1959, Vidor was in Vienna directing “A Magic Flame,” a film based on the life of Franz Liszt. Late one evening in… read more