Bing Crosby does the Academy Award-bid bit in the atypical role of a self-pitying alcoholic, but it was his co-star, a deglamorized Grace Kelly, who won the Oscar for her performance in The Country Girl.
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Bing Crosby is pretty great here evoking both disgust and sympathy from his audience. Kelly doesn't have the kind of personality and presence needed to pull off a role like this. If she didn't win the Oscar over the great Judy Garland i don't think anyone would care about or remember this film. But it is worth seeing for Crosby alone.
This is more the William Holden show than anything. Bing and Grace seemed to have zero chemistry to me, and the fact she won an Oscar over Garland is a travesty. Worth watching for Holden's performance as the hard nosed determined producer alone. Not much else to recommend. Was a bit of a letdown given all the acclaim. Extra star added for Holden. 3.5