Helen Wright (Crawford) is a rich, married, bored patroness of the arts who discovers rough hewn yet ambitious violin prodigy Paul Boray (Garfield) and advances his career, while falling in love with him. With Paul's family dead-set against the affair, Helen must navigate treacherous emotional waters. She's used to getting what she wants – but will Paul be the exception?
Warner was quick to capitalize on Crawford's Oscar-winning turn in "Mildred Pierce," promptly casting her in "Humoresque." Another intense performance from Joan is complemented by a steely turn from Garfield (with Isaac Stern doubling on violin). The inimitable Oscar Levant provides welcome comic relief as Paul's friend, Sid. "Humoresque" is a lavishly photographed, first-rate soap opera. Don't miss Joan's walk on the beach.