The Country Girl

Definition

Theater

  • A play by the US dramatist Clifford Odets that providedhis last great hit. First performed in 1950 in New York, it was seenin Britain two years later as Winter Journey. The 1954 filmversion starred Bing Crosby and Grace Kelly.

    The country girl, Georgie, is married to the actor Frank Elgin,once a great star but now an alcoholic. Although he blames her forhis failure, she adores him. When a director gives Frank the leadin a new play, the pressure induces the actor to go on a lengthy bingeduring the pre-Broadway tryouts. Although Georgie is attracted tothe director, she remains faithful, and Frank is acclaimed on openingnight in New York.

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