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Lillian Russell (1940)

 -  Biography | Drama | Musical  -  24 May 1940 (USA)
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Life story of the musical star from her discovery in 1890 by band leader Tony Pastor till her retirement in 1912 when she married newspaperman Alexander Moore.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Edward Solomon
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Alexander Moore
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Warren William ...
The Famous J.L.
Leo Carrillo ...
Tony Pastor
Helen Westley ...
Grandma Leonard
Dorothy Peterson ...
Cynthia Leonard
Ernest Truex ...
Charles K. Leonard
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William Gilbert
Lynn Bari ...
Edna McCauley
Claud Allister ...
Arthur Sullivan (as Claude Allister)
Joe Weber ...
Himself (as Weber)
Lew Fields ...
Himself (as Fields)
Eddie Foy Jr. ...
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Life story of the musical star from her discovery in 1890 by band leader Tony Pastor till her retirement in 1912 when she married newspaperman Alexander Moore.

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24 May 1940 (USA)  »

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A Bela Lillian Russell  »

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Trivia

The director of this film, Irving Cumming, played on stage with the real Lillian Russell in a 1908 Broadway play called "Wildfire". Though he may have had some intimate knowledge of working with Russell as a young man, it is hardly reflected in this film biography. See more »

Connections

Spun-off from Diamond Jim (1935) See more »

Soundtracks

Come Down Ma Evenin' Star
(1902) (uncredited)
Music by John Stromberg
Lyrics by Robert B. Smith
Sung by Alice Faye with orchestral accompaniment
Played also as background music
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Lush, overproduced Bio-Pic
8 December 2003 | by (Ottawa) – See all my reviews

I mostly agree what the others have said about "Lillian Russell", dullest biographical film ever made but Alice Faye is beautiful. "Lillian Russell" is lush, sweet but overly sentimental biography of the famous stage singer through her affairs with Edward Salomon (Don Ameche) and Alexander Moore (Henry Fonda). I'm a big Alice Faye fan and though "Lillian Russell" is throughly unexciting, I kept watching it because of Faye's presence. Her singing was a big plus.


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