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Fannie Hurst's novel Humoresque is the lachrymose tale of a famed Jewish-American violinist who forgets all about his friends and family in his rise to fame. Screenwriters Clifford Odets and Zachary Gold refashioned this timeworn material into a first-class, big-budget soap opera, completely dominated by the high-octane talents of Joan Crawford and John Garfield. A gifted musician, Garfield rises from the slums to the upper echelons of society, thanks to the patronage of wealthy, alcoholic Crawford. Virtually ignored by her husband Paul Cavanaugh, Crawford adopts Garfield as her lover as… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 60%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"pot-boiler with Crawford chewing up the scenery; Garfield does his best to retain his dignity."
‑ Bob Bloom, Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
"Now a days regarded as camp, Jean Negulesco's melodramatic exploration of desire features Joan Crawford at her limited best, but the music played by Isaac Stern and lush score by Franz Waxman offer pleasure, and so do Garfield, the decor and costumes."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"remembered largely for its sublime ability to make Garfield look like a virtuoso violinist"
‑ Christopher Null,
"A turgid affair with John Garfield having to choose either socialite Joan Crawford or his bow strings."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Crawford and Haller make it into a dreamy wallow in velvety masochism."
‑ Dan Callahan, Slant Magazine
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