The Country Girl was released in 1954 and also stars Grace Kelly and Bing Crosby. It was based on a stage play written by Clifford Odets and was directed by George Seaton. Grace Kelly won the Best Actress Oscar for her performance which saw her depart from her usual glamorous roles to play the long-suffering wife of an alcoholic actor.
A new musical is being cast and director Bernie Dodd (William Holden) decides Frank Elgin (Bing Crosby) should be given a role. Fading star Frank and his wife Georgie (Grace Kelly) are grateful for the opportunity but worry privately that Frank may not be able to cope with the work. Frank is an alcoholic, his addiction caused by the death of his young son, and this causes him to make many demands during rehearsals. Dodd blames Georgie for Frank's behaviour but changes him mind when he realises that he is beginning to fall in love with her.
Under Ground Theatre, Sun 13th Oct, 14:30.
Tickets £6.50 to include tea/coffee and cakes after the film, available online, by calling 0845 680 1926, or in person at the Box Office and Eastbourne Tourist Office.