say no more! Well, actually, i will: Torch Song is one of the purest examples of camp ever filmed. Aging movie queen? Check. A nonsensical plot? Check. Ridiculous dialogue? Check. Garish sets and costumes? Check. Jaw-droppingly bad musical numbers? Bonus!
This movie was Crawford's follow-up to Sudden Fear -- i believe that one was her fourth comeback -- and was a return to the MGM lot where she had been under contract for two decades. Crawford was 49 and she'd had her face lifted, boobs boosted and hair dyed Carrot Top-crimson. It is any wonder that drag queens from RuPaul to Tallulah Vale love Torch Song?
Joan Crawford plays musical comedy star Jenny Stewart. She's... well, she's kind of like Joan Crawford in demeanor and attitude...
SeeYouNextTuesday that your accompanist quits and is replaced by Michael Wilding, aka Mr. Elizabeth Taylor No. 2. We learn that he's not only British but he's blind. We also learn that watching people stand around and lip-synch is boring. I mean, Britney Spears is barely interesting doing that and she's jumping up and down in a sparkly bathingsuit. Also, watching people rehearse the same dance routine over and over again is boring. Even if it's shot with a sense of impending doom because if this guy fucks up one more time, Joan Crawford is going to tear off his balls and gouge out his eyes and put his eyes where his balls should be and his balls where his eyes should be.
pretty mid-century marvelous, with everything powder blue and built in.
Joan Crawford -- i mean, Jenny Stewart -- will immediately go hang himself in grief and shame. So she is pretty pissed to find, rather than the wretched remains of a destroyed man hanging from the ceiling, a dude living in a groovy penthouse with modern art and a Chinese butler, having a few pals over for some bourbon and a jam session. Pals who can see! The nerve! She is so disgusted she gives him his job back.
ghastly "Two-Faced Woman" musical number, in which Joan Crawford dons blackface for no discernable reason.
Miss Norman is signing her letter of resignation with a flourish. Note that Two-Faced Woman was also the title of the film that made Greta Garbo walk out on her career. It seems to bode ill....
ten years ago!
Still, Joan Crawford does realize that Blindy's indifference and her jealousy have stirred something in her heart that may or may not be love but, hell, the disillusioned are sometimes easily fooled and any kind of movement feels like progress to the emotionally crippled. So, Joan Crawford stalks over to Blindy's penthouse to tell him this. But, oh oh, Blonde is there...
oblivious. Count five and Blonde scuttles top-speed toward the door, coat clutched around her. Whatever Joan Crawford did to her in those five offscreen seconds must've been horrible. And you know Joan Crawford can do horrible things. It was probably like all five Saw movies at once. With wire hangers.
Torch Song is weirdly beloved by Crawford fans, who either dig the irony or embrace the dying rays of an imploding star. And, well, Joan Crawford as tyrannical diva bitch who wears blackface and bullies blind people... how can you not?