A terrible movie that is only memorable because of George Duning's score and Kim Novak's presence. Duning wrote the music for a number of Novak's films including, famously, "Picnic" and he captured her wistful essence beautifully. Novak didn't have Eagels' fierce expressiveness and inspiration but she had a yearning to justify herself and the intelligence to know that beauty was fleeting.
This movie is only about Jeanne Eagels in like the loosest possible way but it's like the actress version of every broken-down alcohol actor movie and Kim Novak is really great especially in the climactic stair stuff. It would be 5 but there is one weird jarring racist joke