Synopsis by Hal Erickson
Based on the autobiography of actress Frances Farmer, Will There Really Be a Morning? was originally telecast on February 22, 1983 -- only a few months after the "rival" Farmer biopic Frances hit movie-theatre screens. Whether Susan Blakely is superior to Frances' Jessica Lange is open to debate. It is certain that Morning adheres more closely to the facts, principally because adaptor Dalene Young (a specialist in such true-life "perseverance" TV movies) drew her inspiration from Farmer's own words. The premise of the TV movie is that most of Frances' well-documented personal problems, including her drug abuse and mental illness, can be traced to her stormy relationship with her mother (Lee Grant). Joe Lambie plays Frances' movie-star husband Leif Erickson (here called "Bill Anderson," Erickson's real name), while John Heard is playwright Clifford Odets, whose rocky romance with Farmer fueled the flames of her neuroses.
actor, fame, mental-breakdown, drug-addiction, emotional-problems, mother, success