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(aka 'A Woman Destroyed" or "Smash-Up: The Story of a Woman")

directed by Stuart Heisler
USA 1947

  Angie Evans (Susan Hayward), fast-rising nightclub singer, alters her career path to marry struggling but honest songwriter Ken Conway. When Ken flukes into his own career as a flavor-of-the month singer, Angie is forced into idle luxury. But she cannot cope with her husbands success and begins drinking. Her alcoholism is kept well hidden and Ken remains clueless concerning his part in her melancholy.


Hayward is a little over-the-top again (although she did receive an Oscar nomination), but this is a better film than many may expect, but I think as an excessive melodrama it has aged pretty well.

Gary W. Tooze


Theatrical Release: March - 1947

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DVD Review: VCI / FFI - Region 0 - NTSC

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Distribution VCI / FFI - Region 0 - NTSC
Runtime 1:42:56 + 1:27:45 (for Tulsa)
Video 1.33:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 5.3 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s 

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.


Audio English (Dolby Digital 1.0 mono) 
Subtitles None

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Studio: VCI / FFI

Aspect Ratio:
Original aspect Ratio 1.33:1

Edition Details:

• News on Parade (8:36)
• Smash-up trailer (1:22)

DVD Release Date: October 26th, 2004

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Chapters: 12 + 12 = 24




Yes, this is pretty awful - the only real thing this DVD has going for it is the cover and the price (less than $5 US). I was going to try not to be overly critical as I enjoyed Smash-up and Tulsa to a lesser degree, but even on a small tube - everything was wrong. Analog mess that bled all over the place - as hazy as any DVD I own (both films!) - no subtitles and no worthy extras. As I say - it has the price goi9ng for it and I do think it is worth at least $5 US... so my advice is slap it on your cart and don't have any expectations... you might enjoy the 3.5 hours of Susan Hayward - her good looks even show through in these messy transfers. out of  

Gary W. Tooze


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directed by Stuart Heisler
USA 1949



It's Tulsa, Oklahoma at the start of the oil boom and Cherokee Lansing's rancher father is killed in a fight with the Tanner Oil Company. Cherokee plans revenge by bringing in her own wells with the help of oil expert Brad Brady and childhood friend Jim Redbird. When the oil and the money start gushing in, both Brad and Jim want to protect the land but Cherokee has different ideas. What started out as revenge for her father's death has turned into an obsession for wealth and power.

Excerpt from IMdb's plot synopsis found HERE


Theatrical Release: May 26th, 1949 - USA

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