A Life of Her Own (1950)

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A girl from Kansas arrives to New York City to become a model. Her further success brings her before moral choice.




  • Ray Milland and Lana Turner in A Life of Her Own (1950)
  • Ray Milland and Lana Turner in A Life of Her Own (1950)
  • Lana Turner and Barry Sullivan in A Life of Her Own (1950)
  • Lana Turner and Barry Sullivan in A Life of Her Own (1950)
  • Ray Milland and Lana Turner in A Life of Her Own (1950)
  • Lana Turner and George Cukor in A Life of Her Own (1950)

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23 July 2016 | krocheav
| Compelling For Those Who Prefer Darker Drama
This is melodrama near it's best - offering style, class, surprisingly good performances and an almost believable script. George Cukor as director and George Folsey as director of photography are a solid combination - drawing the viewer into a rather engrossing drama. It's also quite unlike the general Hollywood production (it's reminiscent of the realistic sharp edge that might have come from a writer more like Clifford Odettes). As far as original screenplays go this must rank as one of writer Isobel Lennart's best dramatic character studies. And, could be one time that enforced studio alterations just may have improved the final outcome.

Turner is convincing as the small town girl striving for a modeling career in hard bitten N.Y. city. Milland is always reliable and carries his guilt ridden out-of-town businessman role with fitting aplomb. All performances by an unusually cast, fully professional ensemble, are strong. It could be said that Turner was a little too mature for her part and some script elements might not always gel but this remains class entertain for those that want their melodrama treated with less gloss and more character driven. It was obvious this material was never going to be popular stuff.

Bronislau Kaper's (Lili '53) dramatic but melodic score sets the emotional tone for this above average piece of storytelling and ranks as one of his best.

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