3 things about George Cukor’s A LIFE OF HER OWN

A Life of Her Own [1950]

1. Their song is “Invitation.”
2. “She exists and her name is Nora. And that’s all I know about her.”
3. A gimmick that never caught on: cocktail lounges featuring a roving ventriloquist who makes catty observations of the customers’ behavior.

No idea why this film isn’t better known. It was a flop at the time but seen today it’s a pretty perceptive, genuinely feminist melodrama. Turner and Milland have real chemistry. And Ann Dvorak is stunning.

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