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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
Nigel Bruce ...
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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(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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Trivia

After the huge success of The Great Ziegfeld (1936) MGM wanted to make a movie of Lillian Russell starring Jeanette MacDonald, but that project fell through. Twentieth Century Fox then decided to make a movie about Russell. See more »

Connections

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

Soundtracks

Under the Bamboo Tree
(1902) (uncredited)
Music and Lyrics by Bob Cole, James Weldon Johnson and Rosamond Johnson
Played during the opening credits
In the score often as a love theme between Lillian and Alexander
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They were gifted and talented people portraying a wonderful story.
24 July 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The actors were brilliant in trying to portray such a complex person in such a complex time. The costumes were beautiful.

You do not have to use any imagination to try to figure out the characters and the way they dressed and the way they spoke.

Thank you for doing such a wonderful job. This movie is a true treasure. We are surely blessed with such wonderful artists.

These are truly gifted actors portraying a special time in our history.

The theatre was such a huge part of the American culture. It was the only form of entertainment.

It must of been very magical to witness a play by candle light.


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