Torch Song

Torch Song ★★★★½

A tough as nails broad makes life impossible for the kids in the chorus, and MGM blows the dust off a few other unused numbers in the bargain. This is the most meta of Joan Crawford escapades up to this point: Joanie being Joanie, turned all the way up. Mommy Dearest looks a lot less campy the more Joan you watch.

I am not ignoring the inexplicable Two-Faced Number. It is bizarre, appalling, and only made me wonder more "what the heck is this show they are putting on?" And yet, it is somehow as perfectly of-the-moment as the tourquoise lacquer bedroom suite and the starburst clock.