During the recording process, Joan sounds - and this is a word i never thought applied to her - "vulnerable". She is trying to sing but realizes
she is just not good enough to escape being dubbed.
Today it wouldn't matter. The director would just pull a "Le Miz", have Joan sing live on film, and say he was looking for dramatic honesty.
Joan is at least as good as Russell and Hugh.
r3 Joan was actually a very insecure woman, in spite of her hard-as-nails public persona. That's a big reason why she drank so much.
She actually sounds fine. She has a nice warm sound, is unforced ad although she doesn't have a "big" sound, she has very good pitch. It was silly to dub her in this awful trashtastic film "Torch Song".
The movie is so bad it's AWFUL! I've seen it three times!
Best line: Joan walks into a theater district restaurant for lunch and without looking at the menu barks, "I'll have Lobster Newburgh...and COFFEE!"
So now the fat lady finally sings.
I thought she sounded absolutely fine, too. Bizarre that India Adam's (the singer who dubbed her) voice is not discernibly ANY better than Joan's, really.
The lower notes sound pretty good. There, I've said my nice thing for the day.
Indeed, she wasn't that different from India Adams in this song. But Crawford could never have pulled off Two-faced Woman, and they already had the India Adams recording around, so it was sort of natural to have Adams sing Follow Me also.
"But Crawford could never have pulled off Two-faced Woman"
Why couldn't she have? Aren't up-tempos generally easier to sing than ballads with long sustained notes?
They just re-shot Two Faced Woman using the same Adams dub from Cyd Charisse's canned version from The Bandwagon. And since they were using the India Adams dub, they might simply have wanted to match her voice for consistency. But I bet it was not because Joan's was bad. It wasn't.
R11, Crawford is playing a "floozie" in Flamingo Road. It doesn't matter if her singing is a little rough. it merely adds to the character.
Flamingo Road is a camp hoot. Crawford was more than a decade too old for the part, and she just didn't give a shit.
She didn't give a shit? She kind of realized she was too old for the part
(for all the parts she was playing in her late 40s films). That's why she
soaked her face in ice in the morning to tighten her face. That's why she knocked back a bottle of vodka every night to ease her fears. One step forward, two steps back.
I think Joan is excellent in the very entertaining "Flamingo Road". ure her "Hootchie Girl" at the beginning is a hoot, but she's fine after that part ends.
In "Flamingo Road", Joan is 45, playing a "waitress" in an ill-disguised house of ill-repute. She is old enough to be "the madam", not one of the "working girls".
In the tent scene between she and Zachary Scott I've always found her downright sexy and attractive. FR is one of my favorite JC films.
"Flamingo Road" makes me realize how much cosmetic surgery has improved since the late 40's.