The Country Girl Overview:

The Country Girl (1954) was a Drama Film directed by George Seaton and produced by George Seaton and William Perlberg.


A deeply moving story about a has-been actor struggling to make a comeback. Frank Elgin, a broken-down entertainer, has long taken refuge in booze. But now he's given one last chance to make a comeback and save his relationship with his long-suffering wife. Based on the play by Clifford Odets. Remade in 1982 with Dick Van Dyke and Faye Dunaway.

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Academy Awards 1954 --- Ceremony Number 27 (source: AMPAS)

Best ActorBing CrosbyNominated
Best ActressGrace KellyWon
Best Art DirectionArt Direction: Hal Pereira, Roland Anderson; Set Decoration: Sam Comer, Grace GregoryNominated
Best CinematographyJohn F. WarrenNominated
Best DirectorGeorge SeatonNominated
Best PictureWilliam Perlberg, ProducerNominated
Best WritingGeorge SeatonWon

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The Country Girl (1954)

By 4 Star Film Fan on Nov 11, 2018 From 4 Star Films

Yet another example of the prevalent trend of turning plays into film adaptations, director George Seaton took Clifford Odett’s eponymous work and plugged in three stars to carry the weight. Without question, the allure of The Country Girl is purely the trifecta of stars it assembles. Yes, it&... Read full article

The Country Girl

By Amanda Garrett on Apr 17, 2017 From Old Hollywood Films

Today, I'm reviewing the drama, The Country Girl (1954), starring William Holden (left), Grace Kelly, and Bing Crosby. This article is part of The Second Golden Boy Blogathon: A William Holden Celebration hosted by The Wonderful World of Cinema. The Academy Award-winning drama, The Country Girl ... Read full article

The Country Girl (1954)

By Beatrice on Nov 23, 2015 From Flickers in Time

The Country Girl Directed by George Seaton Written by George Seaton from the play by Clifford Odets 1954/USA Paramount Pictures First viewing/Netflix rental 1954 was Grace Kelly’s year. ?Here she is acting against type and doing pretty well at it. ?Bing Crosby does even better. Frank Elgi... Read full article

The Country Girl

By Alyson on May 6, 2011 From The Best Picture Project

Based off the Broadway play of the same name, George Seaton?s The Country Girl tells the story of three people. ?There is the young Broadway director, Bernie Dodd (William Holden), who is in desperate need of a leading man for his new play. ?He wants to hire Frank Elgin (Bing Crosby), who Bernie saw... Read full article

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Quotes from

Bernie Dodd: Does your wife really want you to play this part?
Frank Elgin: Yeah, she's all for it
Bernie Dodd: I was just wondering. The day I met her, she seemed a little difficult about terms and rather domineering, I thought.
Frank Elgin: She wasn't always like that
Bernie Dodd: Oh I know, I know. They all start out as Juliets and wind up as Lady Macbeths.

Georgie Elgin: Let's say I try my small way to help
Bernie Dodd: That's what my ex-wife used to keep me reminding of, cheerfully. She had a theory that behind every great man there was a great woman. She also was thoroughly convinced that she was great and all I needed to qualify was guidance on her part.
Georgie Elgin: Still does not prove that the theory is completely wrong. I imagine one can go through history and find a few good examples.
Bernie Dodd: It's a pity that Leonardo da Vinci never had a wife to guide him, he might have really gotten somewhere.

Georgie Elgin: Frank's on stage.
Bernie Dodd: I know. I want to talk to you.
Georgie Elgin: The last time we talked, Mr. Dodd, you reduced me to tears. I promise you, it won't happen again.

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Facts about

During the flashback scene inside the recording studio where Bing Crosby sings "The Search is Through," that's Victor Young in a bit part playing the conductor. Also, the scene was shot inside the famed Paramount scoring stage where Young conducted so many of his film scores.
The original Broadway production of "The Country Girl" by Clifford Odets opened at the Lyceum Theater on November 10, 1950 and ran for 236 performances. Uta Hagen won the 1951 Tony Award for Actress in a Drama for the role of Georgie Elgin, the same role that won Grace Kelly her only Academy Award for Best Actress.
In the I Love Lucy episode "Hollywood at Last", William Holden was featured as a guest star. During a conversation with Ricky Ricardo (Desi Arnaz) regarding working at the movie studio, he mentions, "I just finished a picture called 'The Country Girl' with Bing Crosby and Grace Kelly."
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