Film initially appears to be about girl but is actually about man.
Virginal, beautiful ("The Most Beautiful Girl I've Ever Seen")teenage girl dreams of being on the stage.
Teenage girl is held back by her family's prudish/religious morals and their own ideas for her future.
Girl is made to look virginal even when her family disapproves because she's not as bad as her SLUT of a friend.
Girl falls in love with handsome but caddish older man.
Man changes his usual character and actually falls in love with her ("You're not like the others.").
Man takes girl away from her usual sphere of activity.
Girl gives up dreams for man.
Man's unsuitability is highlighted by more suitable but boring/unattractive male's presence.
Someone's death causes friction within couple.
Man and girl are made to look better because they are in love despite ethnic/religious/class differences, highlighted by use of either family's disapproval.
Girl appears at least once looking like a Scottish Widow (except miserable).
Girl renounces man only to remain passionately in love and return to him almost immediately.
Man conceals his whereabouts to protect girl.
Man fails in his quest for success because he's a Great Artist.
Man fails in his quest for success because he's a drunk.
But Marjorie Morningstar lets the side down by failing to check off the following.
Girl achieves enormous, acclaimed success while man fails.
Couple live happily ever after.
And because it rebels, even if just a little bit, I'll let if off with a C.