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I'll Cry Tomorrow (1955) was a Biographical - Drama Film directed by Daniel Mann and produced by Lawrence Weingarten.

Academy Awards 1955 --- Ceremony Number 28 (source: AMPAS)

AwardRecipientResult
Best ActressSusan HaywardNominated
Best Art DirectionArt Direction: Cedric Gibbons, Malcolm Brown; Set Decoration: Edwin B. Willis, Hugh B. HuntNominated
Best CinematographyArthur E. ArlingNominated
Best Costume DesignHelen RoseWon
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Lillian Roth: What I'm doing now is 'wrong'... and I'm *doing* it!


[alcoholic Lillian is desperate for a drink - mother drops the glass bottle on the floor, shattering it]
Lillian Roth: OH! Look what ya did! And ya DID IT ON PURPOSE! You're still trying to make me do what you want, to be what you want! I can't be anything except what I am! Look, look what did you drop that bottle for? What are you trying to do, drive me crazy? Go on, GET THE BOTTLE! GET IT NOW!
Katie Roth: All right! All right! All right, it's my fault, huh? I made you become an actress, you didn't want to, all right. I've been a bad mother, you had to support me, all right! All right! ALL RIGHT, EVERYTHING! Just this, and for once in your life you're gonna hear it! Do you know at all why I did it, do you? No you don't! Do you know what kind of a life I had, do you know what it was like to live with your father, put up with his mistakes and afterwards to be left alone with nothing? No money, no career, not young anymore, nothing to fall back on? No you don't! You don't know at all what I tried to save you from, the kind of freedom I never had! I tried to give to you by making you LILLIAN ROTH!
Lillian Roth: So you admit it! You invented Lillian Roth! All right, now look at me. I said look at me, don't turn your face away! I'm the looking glass you created to see yourself in! All right, all right see yourself now in me! Look at this ugly picture! And then GET OUTTA HERE! But keep this picture before your face for as LONG AS YOU LIVE!
Katie Roth: It's true! Oh, God help me! I owe you this. Every single word of it is true.


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MGM had hired vocalist Sandy Ellis to sing for Susan Hayward, but after listening to Miss Hayward's rehearsal tracks, the movie's creative team chose instead to use her own singing voice, which had been dubbed earlier by Peg La Centra in Smash-Up: The Story of a Woman, then by Jane Froman in With a Song in My Heart, and later would be dubbed by Margaret Whiting in Valley of the Dolls. Initially, Miss Ellis had prerecorded two standards: "When the Red, Red Robin Comes Bob, Bob, Bobbin' Along" (music and lyrics by Harry M. Woods) and "Happiness Is a Thing Called Joe" (music by Harold Arlen, music by E.Y. Harburg). Both Ellis tracks plus all the Hayward vocals are featured on the complete soundtrack CD issued by Film Score Monthly in 2004.
On the six-selection "I'll Cry Tomorrow" EP, issued by MGM Records in conjunction with the film's opening, Susan Hayward sings one chorus of "I'm Sitting on Top of the World" (music by Ray Henderson, lyrics by Sam Lewis). This upbeat ditty is not performed by Miss Hayward in the release print. Susan's recording was reissued in 2004 on the deluxe soundtrack CD from Film Score Monthly.
In his autobiography, writer Arthur Laurents, who worked with Lillian Roth when she was in his 1962 play "I Can Get It for You Wholesale," said that contrary to this movie's happy and romantic ending for Burt and Lillian, the real-life Burt left Lillian for a man a few years after the movie was released.
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