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The Gilded Lily (1935)

Approved | | Comedy, Romance | 25 January 1935 (USA)
A stenographer becomes a famed entertainer, courted by an English nobleman and an informal American reporter.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Charles Gray (Lord Granton)
Lloyd Granton, Duke of Loamshire
Luis Alberni ...
Nate Porcopolis
Eddie Craven ...
Eddie, Photographer
Charles Irwin ...
Oscar, Orchestra Leader
Hugo / Innkeeper
Grace Bradley ...
Claude King ...
Boat Captain
Managing Editor
Edward Gargan ...
Subway Guard
Pat Somerset ...
Man in London Club
Georgie Billings ...
Guard's Son (as George Billings)


New York stenographer Marilyn David meets Englishman Charles Gray and they fall in love. But Charles leaves town and Marilyn discovers he is a duke's son and already engaged. Marilyn confides in her platonic friend, reporter Peter Dawes, who publicizes her as the 'No Girl' who refused nobility. So Marilyn cashes in on her unwelcome notoriety by becoming a cafe entertainer; in an unexpected way, she succeeds. But can she decide between her two loves? Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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Release Date:

25 January 1935 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

O Lírio Dourado  »

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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One of over 700 Paramount Productions, filmed between 1929 and 1949, which were sold to MCA/Universal in 1958 for television distribution, and have been owned and controlled by Universal ever since. See more »


Characters played by Ray Milland and C. Aubrey Smith are clearly identified in plot as "Charles Gray, Lord Granton" and the "Duke of Loamshire" respectively, but in the closing credits they are listed as "Charles Gray [Granville]" and "Lloyd Granville." See more »


Marilyn David: I want a glass. About this big. Mmm, no, maybe about THIS big. And I don't care what you put in it - whiskey, hair tonic, rat poison - but whatever it is, when I finish drinking it, I want to be curled up in a little heap, right HERE.
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Referenced in The Nine Lives of Fritz the Cat (1974) See more »


Music by Tom Satterfield
Lyrics by Sam Coslow
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A typical warm pearl of the 30's
25 December 2002 | by (Curitiba, Brazil) – See all my reviews

In this very sweet and charming picture, Claudette Colbert is Marilyn David, a girl divided between two men. One is an English nobleman traveling unknown (Lord Granton/Charles Gray, played by Ray Milland) and the other a friend reporter (Peter Daws, played by Fred MacMurray, in his good old American style). Colbert has a strong friendship bond with MacMurray - they meet each other every Thursday to sit on a bench, take off the shoes and eat popcorn while the world is passing by - while Milland is just that kind of guy women fall for. It is a lovely picture, with a predictable ending, but representing very well a reasonable woman exercising her selection privileges during the good old times, when marriage was meaningful and fidelity and trust where more valuable then gold. There is no use in putting here a good word for Colbert. After all, as everybody knows, she is just fantastic.

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