Cinema: The New Pictures, Dec. 13, 1954

The Country Girl (Perlberg-Seaton; Paramount) is the screen version—and a great improvement—of Clifford Odets ambiguous 1950 play about a middle-aged Broadway has-been and the two people who drag him up the comeback trail. It's a tough trail for the audience, too, but the view is well worth the trip.

Oldtime Musicomedy Star Frank Elgin (Bing Crosby) has courted defeat for nearly a decade by mixing self-pity and the bottle. He is, as his wife says, a "cunning drunkard," and he camouflages his self-destructive path with martyrdom on one hand and penitence on the other....

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