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Lilly Turner (1933)

Unrated | | Drama | 13 May 1933 (USA)
A carnival magician deserts his wife when he finds out she's pregnant. She then marries the carnival's barker, but finds herself attracted to a young engineer.

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Complete credited cast:
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Lilly 'Queenie' Turner Dixon
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Bob Chandler
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David 'Dave' Dixon
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Doc Peter McGill
Robert Barrat ...
Fritz 'Heinie'
Ruth Donnelly ...
Edna Yokum
Marjorie Gateson ...
Mrs. Bessie 'Ma' McGill
Gordon Westcott ...
Rex Durkee
Arthur Vinton ...
Sam Waxman
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Dr. Hawley
Margaret Seddon ...
Mrs. Turner
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Hazel
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Hobart Cavanaugh ...
Earle (scenes deleted)
Ethel Wales ...
Mrs. Flint (scenes deleted)
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A carnival magician deserts his wife when he finds out she's pregnant. She then marries the carnival's barker, but finds herself attracted to a young engineer.

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Os Amores de Lily  »

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Warner Bros. tried to re-release the movie in 1936, but the Production Code office refused to award an approval certificate. See more »

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Bridal Chorus
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From "Lohengrin"
Music by Richard Wagner (1850)
Played as the bride enters the wedding chamber
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unexpectedly great
18 April 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is why I watch old movies. Every once in a while you find a completely neglected, undiscovered gem. That is the case with Lilly Turner, in which Ruth Chatterton gives one of the finest performances of any of the '30s era leading ladies. Her performance is so full of nuance. She was a great actress. The story leaves nothing to be desired. At a brief 65 minutes, it hits all the bases and leaves no aspect of the (moving) story unfinished. Lilly is a woman who is married to a polygamist. She doesn't learn of this until she is already pregnant; she loses the child but receives help from a fellow carnival performer. Together they bravely make their way in a sort of underworld of crazies and carnies. It isn't until she meets a taxi driver (Brent) that she finally finds love, but the question is will he be able to accept her.

This film highlights everything I love so much about classic films: exploration of human emotions and complicated situations. There is also the aspect of being redeemed by love which I find so beautiful in the older films. Although melodramatic, it is not a completely unbelievable story. There is as much truth as fantasy in the story. The fantasy takes us out of our own lives, while momentary grains of wisdom in the dialog keep us tuned in and, in my case, amazed.

The plot involving Brent is most interesting. He has a college degree but can't find a job, so he takes up a job in a carnival. Some might laugh, but only if taken out of the context of the great depression. Interestingly enough, I graduated college a year ago and have not found work in my field. The parallels in this movie peaked my interest and held meaning to me.

I am constantly surprised by the low ratings of pre-1940s films on IMDb. It leads me to believe most people do not appreciate the real classics, or at least the undiscovered ones.


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