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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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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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The original Brpadway production opened at the Morasco Theater in New York on 19 September 1932 and ran for 24 performances. 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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Ruth Chatterton's Life Is a Carnival
15 December 2007 | by (Los Angeles) – See all my reviews

Ruth Chatterton (as Lilly Turner) impulsively marries handsome actor Gordon Westcott (as Rex Durkee). Soon, Ms. Chatterton learns Mr. Westcott is a two-timer, who can't keep a job. Additionally, Westcott beats up Chatterton's pal Frank McHugh (as Dave Dixon), who shows a fondness for alcohol. When Westcott's previous wife makes a surprise appearance, Chatterton learns he is a bigamist; but, Westcott has taken off for parts unknown. Chatterton, left pregnant, accepts Mr. McHugh's marriage proposal; and, the two try to make ends meet as carnival workers. Then, Chatterton falls for down-on-his-luck engineer George Brent (as Bob Chandler), who soon replaces carnival strongman Robert Barrat (as Fritz). Mr. Barrat has gone insane with love for Chatterton; and, she is torn between her love for Mr. Brent and her loyalty for McHugh…

Less than spectacular, but competent, star vehicle for superstar Chatterton, ably directed by William A. Wellman. During this film, Brent and Chatterton were real-life husband and wife. Brent co-starred with the most popular actresses of the time; though, he oftentimes comes across as rather ordinary, but is most appealing opposite Chatterton. McHugh gives an excellent supporting performance as Chatterton's alcoholic friend. Guy Kibbee and Marjorie Gateson are also highly watchable, as the amorous McGills.

****** Lilly Turner (5/13/33) William A. Wellman ~ Ruth Chatterton, George Brent, Frank McHugh, Guy Kibbee


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