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Lilac Time (1928)

 -  Drama | Romance | War  -  18 October 1928 (USA)
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All of those handsome young men in their flying machines are billeted in a field next to the Widow Berthelot's farmhouse in France. Her daughter Jeannine is curious about the young men ... See full summary »

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Capt. Philip Blythe
Burr McIntosh ...
Gen. Blythe
George Cooper ...
Mechanic's Helper
Cleve Moore ...
Capt. Russell (flight commander)
Kathryn McGuire ...
Lady Iris Rankin
Eugenie Besserer ...
Madame Berthelot
Emile Chautard ...
The Mayor
Jack Stoney ...
The Kid
Edward Dillon ...
Dick Grace ...
Aviator
Stuart Knox ...
Aviator
Harlan Hilton ...
Aviator
Richard Jarvis ...
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Jack Ponder ...
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All of those handsome young men in their flying machines are billeted in a field next to the Widow Berthelot's farmhouse in France. Her daughter Jeannine is curious about the young men fighting for England in World War I and their airplanes. Then one of the aviators is killed. His replacement is Captain Philip Blythe who can't help but notice Jeannine. When he lands the first time, she is standing in the middle of his "runway." She makes a more favorable impression when he sees her later by the lilacs. When all of the young men depart on a mission, Blythe promises to return. Written by Dale O'Connor <daleoc@interaccess.com>

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TREMENDOUS SPECTACLE, when scores of fighting airplanes come to death grips in the skies...STIRRING ROMANCE in the glorious love of a maid of Normandy for a daredevil flier who goes up on his last trip in the face of new found love. See more »

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Drama | Romance | War

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Love Never Dies  »

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Frank Lloyd directed several scenes when director George Fitzmaurice was unavailable, and also some additional scenes after the film was finished. See more »

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Featured in Hollywood: End of an Era (1980) See more »

Soundtracks

Jeannine, I Dream of Lilac Time
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Music by Nathaniel Shilkret
Lyrics by L. Wolfe Gilbert
Performed by John McCormack
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Love at First Flight
24 May 2008 | by (Earth) – See all my reviews

In 1918, flighty farm girl Colleen Moore (as Jeannine Berthelot) becomes attached to seven British fliers, who are stationed near her home, in France; and, the airborne group is just as fond of the charming Ms. Moore. Sadly, one of the pilots dies, after a typically dangerous mission; quickly, he is replaced by Gary Cooper (as Phillip Blythe). Mr. Cooper has arrived to do his "bit" for his British country, and fiancée. Although they may not acknowledge the fact, it's obviously love at first flight for Moore and Cooper. Once Moore and Cooper pledge their love, he and his men are ordered out on a suicide mission...

The popularity of Moore and the aviation theme were enough to make "Lilac Time" bloom at the box office. Moore handles the comedy/drama characterization well; and, Cooper is a handsome love interest. Their overblown love story becomes too maudlin, however. Although Moore (especially) and Cooper play their romantic meeting and courtship exceedingly well; the comic set-up, and proceeding situation, makes it all quite ludicrous. The fate of the squadron, the bombing of Moore, and the Grande Finale may combine to induce feelings of nausea.

****** Lilac Time (8/3/28) George Fitzmaurice ~ Colleen Moore, Gary Cooper, Jack Stoney


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