Cinema: The New Pictures, Oct. 12, 1953

Torch Song (MGM) should make a lot of Joan Crawford's fans uncomfortable. Joan is miscast as a belligerent musi-comedy star who wears her heart on her fist; the fist is directed mainly at Michael Wilding. Fortunately, the camera decides most of the time that it is more fun to look at Actress Crawford's remarkable legs. Even this is an obvious mistake, for by reducing a performer of Joan's experience and hard-won skills to the cheesecake class, the picture stints her of the human qualities she has developed. Best scene: one in which Marjorie...

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