Primrose Path (1940)

Approved  |   |  Drama  |  22 March 1940 (USA)
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Girl from the "wrong" side of the tracks falls in love with an ambitious young man from the "right" side of the tracks.


(as Gregory LaCava)


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Complete credited cast:
Ed Wallace
Marjorie Rambeau ...
Mamie Adams
Queenie Vassar ...
Joan Carroll ...
Vivienne Osborne ...
Carmen Morales ...


Ellie Mae lives on Primrose Hill with her good-hearted and fancy free mother, her drunken father, her younger sister and a mean-spirited grandmother. The Hill is not a good part of town, however. When she meets and falls for a hard-working man, they marry and she hides her past from him. When he discovers the truth it jeopardizes their marriage. Written by Ron Kerrigan <>

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22 March 1940 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Le lys du ruisseau  »

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1.37 : 1
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Ginger Rogers dyed her hair brunette for the film, but kept it secret until the film was released. She also wore no makeup in the role. See more »


When the "Portugee" (Portuguese) girl steps out of the cantina to call Ed back inside, she threatens to cut his ears off in Spanish, not Portuguese. See more »


Gramp: The world would be a lot better off if there was no people in it.
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Shown during opening credits: We live, not as we wish to, but as we can. --Menander, 300 BC See more »


Referenced in Choose Me (1984) See more »

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A Romantic Comedy Stolen By Its Character Actors
9 July 2003 | by (NY, NY) – See all my reviews

his is a heartbreaking movie. It's a romantic comedy -- but only incidentally. Ginger Rogers and Joel McCrea, though good as always, are essentially plot devices.

My only quibble is that, particularly noticeable in their courting scenes, the lower class American grammar is forced and unconvincing.

Gregory La Cava got brilliant performances from Marjorie Rambeau and Miles Mander as a party girl her broken-down alcoholic husband, a scholar of the classics (who are the Rogers character's parents.)

Queenie Vassar is excellent as Rambeau's still gold-digging mother, and Vivienne Osborne is splendid as her friend Thelma.

This will make you smile -- Rogers and McCrea spring to life in the last couple scenes. But it will make you cry and move you much more. At least it did so to me.

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